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2500k Stock Fan is stuck/cannot be removed

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2 of the pins that hold it in place came free easily but the other 2 are totally stuck (yes I did unlock them), the pressure I am applying to remove it could break the motherboard, I have no idea what to do frown.gif
post #2 of 15
can you remove them from the back? like push thru from the back
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post #3 of 15
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No ideas on how to remove it?
post #4 of 15
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Yes, but they are totally jammed
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It's a stock cooler, If you have to cut the bottom part below the board then do it. Just be careful.

You should be able to use plyers and squeeze shut that widening part (plastic pins below the board from the heatsink) and push it through though.
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post #6 of 15
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Btw the motherboard is an ASRock z68 Extreme 3
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I cant cut it, I need to put it back on again :S
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Originally Posted by leeheppell View Post

I cant cut it, I need to put it back on again :S

go out and spend 15 bucks on a decent aftermarket cooler, just cut it and be done with it. you'll get better cooling with something other than stock anyway
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I am not overclocking it, and it will take days for one to be delivered, I need this problem sorted now :S
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can you remove them from the back? like push thru from the back
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You should be able to use plyers and squeeze shut that widening part (plastic pins below the board from the heatsink) and push it through though.
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I am not overclocking it, and it will take days for one to be delivered, I need this problem sorted now :S

pretty much the above two are the only options, apart from cutting it and buying something new. go at it from the backside, squeeze the tabs in with needlenose pliers, and gently try to remove one peg at a time. if you can't get them out that way, you're going to have to cut them off and buy something new.
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