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Lenovo ThinkPad X230 Disassembly (Clean Cooling Fan, Remove Keyboard)

In this guide, I’ll explain how to disassemble Lenovo ThinkPad X230 to remove and replace the hard drive, RAM, keyboard, touchpad, wireless card, motherboard, heat sink and cooling fan. Refer to this guide. You can repair, upgrade and clean your ThinkPad X230.

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Tools needed: Phillips screwdriver, air blowing, gules, brush

Remove eight screws from the bottom case.

Sliding the keyboard by the arrows

Lift up the keyboard.

Disconnect the keyboard cable and remove the keyboard.

Unlock and pull out the touchpad cable.

Pry up and remove the palm rest.

Now you can access the wireless card.

Remove two screws securing the keyboard bezel.

Separate wireless card antennas (blue and black) from the keyboard bezel.

Now you can remove the keyboard bezel.

Remove seven screws and disconnect the speaker cable. Remove the wireless card and Bluetooth module.

Remove the screw securing the hard drive cover.

Remove the cover and pull out the hard drive.

Carefully lift up the motherboard.

Disconnect the power cable.

Remove four screws securing the heat sink.

Disconnect the cooling fan cable from the motherboard.

Remove two screws and released one snap.

Clean the cooling fan with a brush.

Remove old glues from the CPU and GPU.

Apply for new glues on the CPU and GPU.

For more guides, check out the Lenovo ThinkPad X230 device page.

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  1. Hi 😮
    Also I like this article ! I have to change the base cover and the front cover on my x230. But i don’t know how to disassemble the screen and the the base cover. Can you give me some tips ? 🙂

  2. This works for the X230 tablet but there are several more screws and the VGA screws need to be removed before the motherboard will come out. The keyboard bezel is difficult to remove without breaking it as well since the rotating monitor on the tablet version overlaps it by quite a bit.

  3. the only thing that I noticed was the keyboard the red dot (mouse) works but on the trackpad, the mouse didn’t work well at all is this normal?

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