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Remove a fan module

Follow instructions in this section to remove a fan module .

About this task

To avoid potential danger, make sure to read and follow the safety information.

  • S002
    disconnect all power
    The power-control button on the device and the power switch on the power supply do not turn off the electrical current supplied to the device. The device also might have more than one power cord. To remove all electrical current from the device, ensure that all power cords are disconnected from the power source.
  • S017
    moving parts
    Hazardous moving fan blades nearby. Keep fingers and other body parts away.


  1. Make preparations for this task.
    1. If applicable, unlock or remove any locking device that secures the top cover, such as a Kensington lock; then, remove the top cover (see Remove the top cover).
    2. Remove the air baffle (see Remove the air baffle).
    3. If necessary, remove the intrusion switch (see Remove the intrusion switch with cable).
  2. Remove the fan module.
    1. Disconnect the fan cable from the connector on the system board.
    2. Locate the hole under the fan slot; then, disengage the fan module by pushing it through this hole from the underside of the node.
    3. Lift the fan module up to remove it from the node.
      Figure 1. Disconnection of a fan cable and removal of a fan module
      Disconnecting the fan cable


After this task is completed

  • Install a replacement fan (see Install a fan module).
  • If you are instructed to return the component, follow all of the packaging instructions and use any packaging materials for shipping that are supplied to you.