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Fix for dying fans -- loosen the screw that holds it

Discussion in 'IBM Thinkpad' started by Fritz Wuehler, Jun 20, 2012.

  1. "Fan error" appears periodically, with a rough sounding startup (on a
    ~4 year old thinkpad). I took it apart, and there was almost no dust
    accumulation. I did not pull the fan out of its casing because it's
    held together by foil tape! I just blew what little dust was there.

    After reassembly, "fan error" occured every time, not just periodic.
    I loosened the screw on the bottom outside that holds the fan down
    (loose almost to the point of falling out), and it worked. No more
    "Fan error" (although only powered on a couple times so far).

    Question is, do I need a new fan? If it's a defect where tight
    assembly causes the problem, then I'm figuring a new fan would make no
    Fritz Wuehler, Jun 20, 2012
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  2. Fritz Wuehler

    Patrick Guest

    Strange as this sounds, my T22 gave a fan-error, I abandoned it for a while
    and remembered someone posting about twidling screws on the fan (yourself).
    Anyway I had another go at the thing (but forgetting what exactly you did
    with the screw, I tighted it just that extra fraction.
    It now works, It has not crashed in about 3 days.
    Patrick, Mar 25, 2013
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