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Remove the front system fan

Follow instructions in this section to remove the front system fan.

About this task

To avoid potential danger, read and follow the following safety statements.
  • 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.
  • S009
    To avoid personal injury, disconnect the fan cables before removing the fan from the device.
  • S017
    moving parts
    Hazardous moving fan blades nearby. Keep fingers and other body parts away.
  • S033
    240VA shock hazard

    Hazardous energy present. Voltages with hazardous energy might cause heating when shorted with metal, which might result in spattered metal, burns, or both.

  • Read the Installation guidelines to ensure that you work safely.

  • Turn off the server and peripheral devices, and disconnect the power cords and all external cables (see Power off the server).

  • If the server is in a rack, remove it from the rack.

  • Remove any locking device that secures the server cover, such as a Kensington lock or a pad lock.


  1. Remove the server cover (see Remove the server cover).
  2. Disconnect the fan cable from the system board (see System-board components).
  3. Remove the front system fan from the chassis.
    1. Press the two tabs on the front system fan towards each other.
    2. Carefully slide the fan out of the chassis.
    Figure 1. Removing the front system fan
    Removing the front system fan

After this task is completed

If you are instructed to return the component or optional device, follow all packaging instructions, and use any packaging materials for shipping that are supplied to you.

Demo video

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