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T42, how to "open" the fan?

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T42, how to "open" the fan?

#1 Post by Twiggy » Wed May 27, 2020 9:45 pm

So, it seems like I may need to clean out, as well as lubricate the fan in my T42.

I am not sure how to do this, I googled it but nothing came up.

I don't see any screws or anything, and the fan is "inside" of the heat sink itself, not a separate component, so I will need to take the heat sink partially apart as well I guess. So how do I take apart the heat sink and the fan, in order to do the cleaning and lubrication?

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Re: T42, how to "open" the fan?

#2 Post by ajkula66 » Wed May 27, 2020 10:18 pm

If your fan is noisy, take a look here:

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Re: T42, how to "open" the fan?

#3 Post by Twiggy » Wed May 27, 2020 10:36 pm

^ thank you, that is interesting, I may try that, if needed.

However, that doesn't tell me how to actually "open up" the heat sink/fan assembly, in order to clean and lubricate it, or even to drill such a hole. That is what I am looking for. I don't want to ruin my only current fan for my working T42.

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Re: T42, how to "open" the fan?

#4 Post by ajkula66 » Wed May 27, 2020 10:46 pm

...Knowledge is a deadly friend when no one sets the rules...(King Crimson)

Cheers,

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Re: T42, how to "open" the fan?

#5 Post by Twiggy » Wed May 27, 2020 11:21 pm

Ah great.

I will wait to do this though, until I have a spare fan/heat sink, just in case something goes wrong.

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Re: T42, how to "open" the fan?

#6 Post by kfzhu1229 » Thu May 28, 2020 11:20 am

If you don't have a dremmel, carefully prying near the joints can separate them as well, but you need to be careful not to bend the copper too much.
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