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Remove the fan (front and rear)

Follow this procedure to remove the front fan or rear fan.

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.
About this task
Watch the procedure
  • A video of this procedure is available at YouTube.


  1. Make preparation for this task.
    1. Remove the server cover, see Remove the server cover.

      The heat sink and processor could be very hot. To avoid burning yourself, wait for a few minutes after turning off the server before you remove the server cover.

    2. (Removing the front fan only) Remove the front bezel, see Remove the front bezel.
  2. Disconnect the fan cable from the system board.
  3. Remove the front fan or rear fan from the chassis.
    1. From the outside of the chassis, cut off the four rubber mounts that secure the fan to the chassis.
    2. Slide the fan away from the chassis; then, lift it out of the chassis.
      Figure 1. Removing the front fan or rear fan
      Removing the front fan and rear fan
After you finish
  1. Install a new front fan or rear fan, see Install the fan (front and rear).

  2. 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.