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Use this guide to replace the fan in the Dell XPS 13.

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  1. Dell XPS 13 Fan Replacement, Back Cover: step 1, image 1 of 2 Dell XPS 13 Fan Replacement, Back Cover: step 1, image 2 of 2
    • Remove the eight 4 mm T5 Torx screws from the bottom cover.

  2. Dell XPS 13 Fan Replacement: step 2, image 1 of 2 Dell XPS 13 Fan Replacement: step 2, image 2 of 2
    • Use a plastic opening tool to pry open the 'XPS' flap in the middle.

  3. Dell XPS 13 Fan Replacement: step 3, image 1 of 1
    • Remove the single Phillips screw hidden beneath the flap.

  4. Dell XPS 13 Fan Replacement: step 4, image 1 of 1
    • Use opening picks or a plastic pry tool to pry open the case clips, beginning from the back edge.

  5. Dell XPS 13 Fan Replacement: step 5, image 1 of 1
    • Remove the bottom cover.

  6. Dell XPS 13 Fan Replacement, Battery Disconnection: step 6, image 1 of 2 Dell XPS 13 Fan Replacement, Battery Disconnection: step 6, image 2 of 2
    • Pull the battery cable connector towards the battery to disconnect it from its socket.

    • If the connector is stubborn, push a little at one side, then the other, to "walk" it out of its socket.

    • If you have trouble walking the connector out of the socket, use the point of a spudger to gently push on the connector indent to slide the connector out.

    • Do not pull up.

    • Open the display and press the power button for five seconds to drain any remaining charge from the system.

  7. Dell XPS 13 Fan Replacement, Fan: step 7, image 1 of 3 Dell XPS 13 Fan Replacement, Fan: step 7, image 2 of 3 Dell XPS 13 Fan Replacement, Fan: step 7, image 3 of 3
    • Use tweezers to remove the little white connector by pulling it out and away from its socket.

  8. Dell XPS 13 Fan Replacement: step 8, image 1 of 2 Dell XPS 13 Fan Replacement: step 8, image 2 of 2
    • Remove the black standard flat connector by lifting the tab up with your hand.

  9. Dell XPS 13 Fan Replacement: step 9, image 1 of 2 Dell XPS 13 Fan Replacement: step 9, image 2 of 2
    • Remove the 4 mm Phillips #0 screw that connects the fan to the motherboard.

    • Remove the 4 mm Phillips #0 screw that connects the fan to the base of the computer.

  10. Dell XPS 13 Fan Replacement: step 10, image 1 of 2 Dell XPS 13 Fan Replacement: step 10, image 2 of 2
    • Use your right hand to lift up the larger section of the motherboard, closest to the fan.

    • Use your left hand to pull the fan at a 30-degree angle out from underneath the motherboard.

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To reassemble your device, follow these instructions in reverse order.

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Great guide! The two hardest parts were getting the back cover off, and lifting the motherboard to remove the fan. Took me about 30 minutes in total.

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It would be really easier if you remove the battery screws first… there are some steps that were not clear…

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This repair took me about 45 min for a complete novice. “Walking out” the battery connector was only way I could unplug it. There was a retaining bracket overlaying the flat connector (step 8) that I needed to unscrew (2 screws, phillips) before it could be removed. Take care to replace the wire in the wire guides along the fan’s housing prior to reinsertion of the replacement fan. It cannot be done afterwards and the back panel will not be flush. Otherwise, this was an excellent guide and an easy repair.

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