Dell Inspiron N5040 / N5050 / M5040 Heatsink Fan Removal and Installation


In this Dell laptop tutorial we are going to show you how to install and replace the Heatsink Fan on your Dell Inspiron N5040 / N5050 / M5040 laptop. These installation instructions have be made into 8 easy to follow printable steps. We have also create a video tutorial that shows you how to install your Dell Inspiron N5040 / N5050 / M5040 Heatsink Fan.

Before you begin

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Tools needed for this laptop repair

  • 1 x small phillips head screwdriver
  • 1 x small flat head screwdriver
  • 1 x plastic scribe (optional)

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Installation and Removal Instructions
Dell Inspiron N5040 / N5050 / M5040 Heatsink Fan

Slide the battery latch to the left and the battery out.

Step 1

  • Slide the locking latch over.
  • Slide the battery latch to the left and the battery out.
Slide the battery latch to the left and the battery out.Slide the locking latch over.
Remove the 11 bottom palmrest screws.

Step 2

  • Remove the 2 hard drive screws.
  • Remove the 11 bottom palmrest screws.
Remove the 11 bottom palmrest screws. Remove the 2 hard drive screws.
Press in the 4 keyboard clips to loosen the keyboard.

Step 3

  • Turn the laptop over and open it up.
  • Press in the 4 keyboard clips to loosen the keyboard.
Unplug the keyboard cable.

Step 4

  • Carefully lift the keyboard and turn it over.
  • Unplug the keyboard cable.
Loosen the 2 top palmrest screws. You will not be able to remove them completely.

Step 5

  • Loosen the 2 top palmrest screws. You will not be able to remove them completely.
Unplug the LCD cable.

Step 6

  • Unplug the fan cable.
  • Unplug the LCD cable.
Unplug the LCD cable. Unplug the fan cable.
Carefully lift the heatsink fan off of the motherboard.

Step 7

  • Loosen the 4 heatsink screws.
  • Carefully lift the heatsink fan off of the motherboard.
Installation note 2: Tighten the heatsink screws in the order listed on the heatsink.

Step 8

  • Installation note 1: Make sure to replace thermal compound or thermal pads on the CPU and heatsink.
  • Installation note 2: Tighten the heatsink screws in the order listed on the heatsink.
Installation note 2: Tighten the heatsink screws in the order listed on the heatsink.Installation note 1: Make sure to replace thermal compound or thermal pads on the CPU and heatsink.

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