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Lenovo Thinkpad T430 Disassembly (Clean Fan and Remove Screen)

In this guide, I’ll explain how to disassemble Lenovo ThinkPad T430 to remove and replace the optical drive, RAM, hard drive, keyboard, palm rest, screen, heat sink and cooling fan. Refer to this guide, you can repair, upgrade and clean your ThinkPad T430.

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Turn off your laptop. Unlock and remove the battery.
Unlock the latch 1, and push on the latch 2.

Pull out the optical drive.

Remove the screw securing hard drive cover.

Pry up and remove the cover with your fingers.

Pull out the hard drive module.

Remove two screws securing the ram cover and remove the cover.

Remove the RAM.

Remove eight screws from the bottom case.

Flip over the laptop. Slide the keyboard by the arrow.

Lift up the keyboard and disconnect the keyboard cable.

Remove two screws securing the palm rest.

Pry up the palm rest, you can pry up it with picks

Continuing pry up the palm rest

Lift up the palm rest. Be careful, touchpad cable still connected to the motherboard.

Disconnect the touchpad cable and remove the palm rest.

Loosen six screws securing the heat sink.

Disconnect the cooling fan cable from the motherboard.

Remove the Lenovo Thinkpad T430 heat sink and cooling fan.

Now you can clean the cooling fan with a hairbrush.

Remove the old glues from the heat sink.

Remove the old glues from the processor.

Apply for new glues on the processor.

In this step, I will remove the Lenovo Thinkpad T430 screen.
Pry up the screen bezel with picks.

Remove the screen bezel
You can find four screws. Remove these screws. Place the screen on your laptop. You can access the LCD cable.

Disconnect the LCD cable.

Remove the screws securing the LCD hinges.

Remove the LCD hinges.

For more guides, check out the Lenovo ThinkPad T430 device page.

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  1. That is not how you apply thermal paste. Wayyy too much.

    I just noticed you wrote ‘glue’. If you actually used glue you just ruined your unit.

  2. Thank you! I fixed my Mom’s Lenovo Thinkpad T430 thanks to these disassembly instructions. (Broken on-off switch)

  3. Thank you,
    I spent 20 minutes trying to figure out how to take the back off before I found the guide and realized you access the cooling by taking the keyboard out through the top. Surprising how new thermal paste dropped the fan noise so significantly on my unit.
    BTW You shouldn’t need to take the ram and HDD out if you’re just cleaning the fan/ taking out the thermal solution.

  4. Thank you! Laptop now running 35 degrees cooler, after dusting fan, and replacing thermal paste! 🙂

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