Trying to replace case fan.

By kevincai96 ยท 9 replies
Mar 26, 2007
  1. HI, I'm a newbie, but something is weird. I want to replace an old case fan, but it doesn't have any screws. Instead, it has little round black things that stick out on the other end of the case. On my next post, I'll include a picture. Help!
  2. LinkedKube

    LinkedKube TechSpot Project Baby Posts: 3,484   +45

    yeah you need some plyers I believe, serves the same purpose as screws, If I'm right they are a hard plastic. you should be abel to use the plyers to remove it by squeezing them
  3. kevincai96

    kevincai96 TS Rookie Topic Starter


    I'll try that, but I don't think it will work because the black plastic is short. I promise I'll have a picture by today.
  4. kitty500cat

    kitty500cat TS Evangelist Posts: 2,154   +6

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  5. kevincai96

    kevincai96 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Thanks, but I serched Google already, and I went through 19 pages full, and finally stumbled here.:evil:
  6. howard_hopkinso

    howard_hopkinso TS Rookie Posts: 24,177   +19

  7. CMH

    CMH TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,039   +9

    Yeap, use pliers to remove them. New fans should come with screws, so you can use those if the mounting holes are large enough. If not, just reuse the black plastic bits.

    If you can't get a good hold of the black plastic bits with needlenose pliers, a good alternative is just use your fingernails to pinch them. Helps if you let your fingernails grow out a little. :D:D If you do let them grow and pich them, don't expect a perfect manicure later.

    If you just can't remove them either way, you can always just cut them off, and enlarge the mounting holes later (drills are usefull for that). Haven't seen cases where the mounting hole's not large enough.

    Just thought that you might have a design I used to have on an old case. If its like what I think it is, all you need is to reach inside the case, and there should be another black piece of plastic on the other side of the case, on the fan (in the middle of the fan, near the mounting hole. NOT the motor). Just pull on that, and it should come straight out. Remove all 4, and you've got your fan out.

    They replaced those with screws because its alot easier to install and remove. I'd suggest you do the same. :D
  8. kevincai96

    kevincai96 TS Rookie Topic Starter


    Hi, all your methods did not work with squeezing. I stuck pliers in between the case and fan, and-POP!-the fan came off. Still, thanks, everyone for your help.
  9. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Posts: 10,742   +421

    So much for the pictures, huh?
  10. CMH

    CMH TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,039   +9


    Brute force works with alot of things, doesn't it? I've brute forced removed countless heatsinks off chips (the latest being the NB heatsink from my new m/b). I don't recommend it ever though.
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