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Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Nintendo Wii: How to Replace the Internal Fan

As your Nintendo Wii ages with use, one of the more common repairs that you may need to do would include replacing the internal fan. Fortunately, once you are able to take apart your Nintendo Wii console, the fan replacement is a rather easy tasks.

Nintendo Wii Fan Replacement Guide

Here are a few reasons on why you may need to replace the fan:

  • Fan has become noisy with either loud humming or clicking sounds
  • Fan has stopped working, causing your Nintendo Wii to overheat or turn off
  • Need to install a higher powered fan because your Nintendo Wii is in a location with poor air circulation.


This post is one of several on how to fix problems with your Nintendo Wii. To see the entire list, click here for the Nintendo Wii Repair Guide.


In this tutorial, I will take you through the steps to replace the internal fan on the Nintendo Wii. If you need a replacement fan for you Wii, I would recommend going to Amazon to pick one up. As of the latest update to this post there is an aftermarket fan by Whisper that you can purchase for $4.99. More are sure to come on to the market. Click here to purchase a Wii Replacment Fan from Amazon

Here is the step-by-step guide:

1. Disconnect all power, audio / visual, and sensor bar cables from your Nintendo Wii.

2. Follow my step-by-step guide on taking apart your Nintendo Wii by clicking here. You can skip the last step for removing the heat shield from the Nintendo Wii DVD.

3. Orient yourself to the Nintendo Wii console and the area around the fan on the back of the unit. Here you will be removing three items, one power cable -- that provides the power to the fan and two additional screws indicated by the arrows in this picture.

Orient yourself to the Nintendo Wii console and the area around the fan on the back of the unit. Here you will be removing three items, one power cable -- that provides the power to the fan and two additional screws indicated by the arrows in this picture.

4. Use a flat-head, screwdriver, fingernails, or a pry tool to separate the power cable from the outlet. Do not pull on the cables to disconnect as you could damage the connectors.
Use a flat-head, screwdriver, fingernails, or a pry tool to separate the power cable from th eoutlet. Do not pull on the cables to disconnect as you could damage the connectors.

5. Using a Phillips screwdriver, remove both of the screws on either side of the Nintendo Wii.
Using a phillips screwdriver, remove both of the screws on either side of the Nintendo Wii.

6. Slide out the fan to complete the removal of the internal fan on your Nintendo Wii.
Slide out the fan to complete the removal of the internal fan on your Nintendo Wii.

With the fan removed, you now can insert the replacement fan into the Nintendo Wii. To install, reverse the process above in order to install and connect the fan to your Nintendo Wii. Once you complete the process, you are set with your replacement fan.

24 comments:

Anonymous said...

Good info! I've been using an external fan base since my internal fan died because I couldn't find an exact replacement for the internal fan. Do you have a source?

Ken Hanscom said...

Nothing consistent, yet. I have seen a few show up on eBay -- as well as a few "parts" only Wiis for a reasonable price. But as for an actual replacement not yet.

Another option would be to Google for the part number of the Wii Fan to see what you can find.

-Ken

Anonymous said...

I have 2 questions. First of all, how do I know if my fan has stopped working? And second, how do I know that the internal fan is the reason my Wii is shutting off on its own?
-Quincy

Ken Hanscom said...

Quincy,

Usually one or two things will happen. You might hear the fan making odd noises maybe clicking or running slower than normal. Once you turn on the Wii, you should be able to listen and see if you fan is starting up. Those are the easiest two ways to tell.

-Ken

Anonymous said...

I received my triwing screwdriver today and was able to disassemble the wii in about 15 minutes. My question now is what fans are compatible? Thanks for the great instructions!

Anonymous said...

I would great if you could post the fan size (mm)

Anonymous said...

I'm looking through electronics dealers for a replacement fan myself. just took my wii apart and the model number is 1406KL-01W-S10-UA1, which translates into a 35mm x 35mm x 20mm 5v fan with a flange

Anonymous said...

Hi, I have to replace the fan on my wii and i wanted to know what kind of fan i need to buy?? How much do they go for?? If u have a link where i can buy one please post it or send it to my email at srinaldi86@gamil.com.... THANKS ALOT!!!

Anonymous said...

I used your instructions to replace the internal fan in my son's WII (thanks so much)...However, this did now solve my fan problem....Any ideas on what I should try next?

Thanks again

Anonymous said...

I am pretty sure a 40mm x 40mm x 20mm fan will fit the wii. (this is a more standard size)... there is a very nice/super quiet 14dba SilenX fan in this size; model IXP-13-14. All the other fans in 35x25x20 and 40x40x20 are ~35db, which is loud as heck...

Anonymous said...

40x40x20 won't even fit. Plus you have a larger cable on that fan so you have to wrap the cable around something and then solder the new connector on.

Anonymous said...

So has anyone found out where this fan is available for purchase? Thanks Ricky

ro said...

there is a replacement fan called the wiisper, which comes with or without LEDs. Slightly more complicated install than this one (uses a different power source) but no welding or anythign.

Anonymous said...

found the fan for $1.99 but shipping to USA is insane ~$25

here's link...don't know how to html tag:

http://www.wiisingonline.com/productsview.php?proid=2046&id=174&type=products

any chance anyone else has found a cheap replacement in the US?

Anonymous said...

I found a US source for an OEM replacment fan ($22.99 shipped), here's the link http://powergamingparts.com/oroemrefanfo.html

It's either this one or the Whisper, which requires a different power source and will ship from the UK.

Anonymous said...

Thanks! Got my replacement fan and thanks to your guide had it swapped in 10 minutes flat with no guess work or surprises!

Von said...

Our fan stopped working a while ago and I'd been putting off getting it fixed for months. We ended up rarely playing games because it would heat up and bomb out in the middle of play.

I recently read another blog where a guy took the Wii apart and when he got to the fan he nudged the blades and figured out the fan was actually just stuck - not broken. Imagine that! Now imagine this, yesterday I unplugged the Wii, grabbed a small flat head screwdriver and carefully nudged the blade. It sorta 'popped' and then moved freely. I plugged it in again and it works!! No dis-assembly, no trying to find a decent tri-wing, no new anything. I can't believe after all that time it took me 5 seconds to fix it! If your fan stopped working, try this first!!

Diego said...

Have not purchased it yet, but found one for under $5 with free shipping (ships from Hong Kong).

Anonymous said...

I just got a used wii, seized fan. ( DIDNT TEL ME THAT!!)

Anyway...... stabbed it with a screwdriver and turned it a few times....... WORKS AGAIN!!!!

Anonymous said...

thank you all for your info just fixed my wii in 2 seconds :D used the screwdriver unjamming the fan technique worked instantly

Anonymous said...

Ha! I didn't even take mine apart, I just started turning the fan and noticed that one of the blades had broken off and jammed it up. Broke through a few pieces of the exterior grill to remove the broken blade and it started right up. Hoping it will cool just as well.

DavesPlanet said...

Fan is 5vdc 0.06amp 35mm x 35mm x 15mm, darn - all I have in the junk box are 12v...

DavesPlanet said...

I didn't have a replacement fan but by applying pressure on the bottom sides of the fan rotor right at the base I was able to pop the rotor and blades out the open side. I inspected for dust and debris and put a tiny amount of machine oil on the rotor shaft before snapping the blades and rotor back into the fan housing. The fan now runs great and it is quieter than it ever was when the WII was new.

Anonymous said...

My fan was just stuck also. I turned the blades manually a few times and it started working again.