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Fan assembly removal and installation - ThinkPad T500,W500

Fan assembly removal

For access, remove these FRUs in order:

Fan assembly removal step 1 , 2. and 3

StepScrew (quantity)ColorTorque
1M2 x 3 mm, small-head, nylon-coated (2)Silver0.189 Nm(1.85 kgfcm)
2M2 x 9.5 mm, wafer-head, nylon-coated (2)Black0.189 Nm(1.85 kgfcm)


Attention: Do not handle the fan roughly. Improper handling of the fan can cause distortion or deformation and imperfect contact with components.

Fan assembly removal step 4 and 5.

StepScrew (quantity)ColorTorque
4M2 x 9.5 mm, wafer-head, nylon-coated (2)Silver0.189 Nm(1.85 kgfcm)


In step [5], release the wireless antenna cables from the cable guide of the fan assembly.

Fan assembly removal step 6 and 7.

Fan assembly installation

When installing:

Before you attach the fan assembly to the computer, apply thermal grease, at an amount of 0.2 grams, on the part marked [a] as in the following figure. Either too much or too less application of grease can cause a thermal problem due to imperfect contact with a component. In some modes, you need to peel the thin film off from the rubber [b].

For the integrated graphics models:
Fan assembly installation. for integrated graphics

For the switchable graphics models:
Fan assembly installation. for switchable graphics

Make sure that the fan connector is attached firmly.

When attaching the fan assembly to the frame, take care not to damage the heat sink and the cable guides ([b]) of the fan assembly.

Fan assembly installation cable guide

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  • Alias ID: MIGR-71370
  • Document ID: PD001949
  • Last Updated :6/17/2014
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