Welcome to Tesla Motors Club
Discuss Tesla's Model S, Model 3, Model X, Model Y, Cybertruck, Roadster and More.
Register

Instrument cluster fan replacement

132

Member
Mar 19, 2012
93
5
I suspected that the fan that cools the chip on the instrument cluster was making a large amount of noise.
When I the car in for a separate minor issue and air bag recall I had them check it out.

Yes it's the fan, but they only will replace the entire module...at $1000.

I know from experience that processor fans are inexpensive and ridiculously easy to swap.

Having to replace the entire cluster is simply excessively wasteful.

Anyone here have experience pulling the cluster.
 

132

Member
Mar 19, 2012
93
5
If the fan is noisy, does that mean it is still running and not dead just yet?

Why pay $1,000 to replace a running fan?
Yes it is still running, but when fans get progressively more noisy it is a sign of imminent failure. Then I will definitely have to replace the entire cluster as the chip it's cooling could fry.

Yes it is really really noisy. So noisy sometimes you can hear it over the sound system playing at a high level. It's also a bit embarrassing, even more so for Tesla. " Yes Jim, I know it's a $110k car, but what's the big deal about having to talk really loudly?"

Yes why pay $1000 for an entire cluster. It's not just expensive, it's not necessary when the part costs a few dollars. I have no problem with paying the labor costs to tesla service to replace a fan. It's like having to buy new wheels if a tire goes flat
 
  • Informative
Reactions: FlatSix911

demundus

Active Member
Jul 5, 2015
1,335
868
Oceanside, CA
So you're out of warranty I take it? When you say cluster you mean IC, meaning where the speedometer shows? Take it out, measure the fan, try to find a replacement in china, wire it in. Alternatively find someone with a smashed IC and buy their fan.

If I'm not mistaken (i replaced my IC from 2013 with one from 2015), the newer ICs dont even have a fan, they are heatsink driven... But my memory escapes me on what the back of my IC looked like before I swapped it.
 

132

Member
Mar 19, 2012
93
5
So you're out of warranty I take it? When you say cluster you mean IC, meaning where the speedometer shows? Take it out, measure the fan, try to find a replacement in china, wire it in. Alternatively find someone with a smashed IC and buy their fan.

If I'm not mistaken (i replaced my IC from 2013 with one from 2015), the newer ICs dont even have a fan, they are heatsink driven... But my memory escapes me on what the back of my IC looked like before I swapped it.

Thanks for the response. I'm not sure how to get to the ic. Do I need any special tools to pull it, any tricks, what not to do...

Fans of all sizes are available at Fry's or online. I'm not worried about getting a replacement. There is a real possibility that it's simply a dust bunny has rapped itself around the spindle part of the fan.
Ive worked on enough PC's to know this is common.

Would be really interested to know if the chip is the same and they simply put on a heat sink in newer version.
 

Naonak

Member
Dec 22, 2015
796
1,155
Kansas
I believe the fan is going out on my Instrument Cluster as well. I would like to replace the fan as well... Does anyone have further info on this?

Also, can I use a cluster from any year? If so, does it need to be married to the car or is it just a plug and play replacement?
 
Last edited:

demundus

Active Member
Jul 5, 2015
1,335
868
Oceanside, CA
The new ICs dont have fans I dont think... so that should tip you off as to the design :(

I dont know the size offhand, and I don't have my old IC to measure. You should ask the service center, but my memory tells me it was a pin plugnplay like a CPU fan
 

Naonak

Member
Dec 22, 2015
796
1,155
Kansas
The new ICs dont have fans I dont think... so that should tip you off as to the design :(

I dont know the size offhand, and I don't have my old IC to measure. You should ask the service center, but my memory tells me it was a pin plugnplay like a CPU fan

Yeah, I did some research. The new ICs definitely only have a heatsink, the old ones have a squirrel cage fan.

I'd like to order the fan before I remove the cluster, obviously... a direct fit part would be great.

However, I'm considering replacing the whole IC with a newer, higher-resolution one (which would give the added bonus of eliminating a fan)... are they just plug and play and don't require a pairing with the car? The newer ones should work fine in an older car, from my understanding, correct?
 

JPP

Active Member
Feb 4, 2013
3,070
1,296
SF Bay Area, CA
FWIW about 1 year in on my 2013 S85, my instrument panel fan (...not the MCU) began to make intermittent noises (...trying to die). Got it replaced under warranty. All good since.
 

Lukez

Member
Mar 21, 2016
639
540
Ontario
Just posting a follow up to the fan. I removed mine and took a picture of the fan. It's an off the shelf fan. Removal and replacement is pretty simple.
Here is the fan part number:
1525793880497799108744.jpg
 

rooter

Member
May 13, 2018
811
968
Edmonds, WA
Yes the IC from Oct 2014 forward is higher rez and no fan. BUT it has the same Tegra VCM as the MCU, which had better be at exactly the same software rev as the rest of the car, or you'd better have the ability to make it so.
 

Gixx1300R

Member
Dec 30, 2017
732
1,235
orlando
Can you post a link where your purchased the fan? Mine is making noise and I would like to replace it. I searched the internet and could not find a place that had it in stock

Just posting a follow up to the fan. I removed mine and took a picture of the fan. It's an off the shelf fan. Removal and replacement is pretty simple.
Here is the fan part number:
View attachment 299664
 

Lukez

Member
Mar 21, 2016
639
540
Ontario
Can you post a link where your purchased the fan? Mine is making noise and I would like to replace it. I searched the internet and could not find a place that had it in stock

Yes I got it on Alibaba. It was $16 shipped and a perfect fit! Super easy to take out the cluster and install this fan. About a 2 hour job if doing for the first time.
HZDO 5CM MF50151VX C000 G99 5015 12V 2.35W MF50151V2 C01A G99 MF50151V2 C00A G99 EF50151B1 C02C A99 GB1205PHV1 8AY Blower fan-in Fans & Cooling from Computer & Office on Aliexpress.com | Alibaba Group

Order Blade Color: MF50151V2 C01A G99

They asked for the connector type so I sent them these photos, I would send them with your order as well. You can reference my order number 91937353091187 to make sure they get it right.
https://ae01.alicdn.com/kf/UTB8dRJjeVPJXKJkSahVq6xyzFXaD.jpg
https://ae01.alicdn.com/kf/UTB8zdtbe0nJXKJkSaiyq6AhwXXa6.jpg
https://ae01.alicdn.com/kf/UTB8tsbZzhHEXKJk43Jeq6yeeXXao.jpg
 

Gixx1300R

Member
Dec 30, 2017
732
1,235
orlando
Yes I got it on Alibaba. It was $16 shipped and a perfect fit! Super easy to take out the cluster and install this fan. About a 2 hour job if doing for the first time.
HZDO 5CM MF50151VX C000 G99 5015 12V 2.35W MF50151V2 C01A G99 MF50151V2 C00A G99 EF50151B1 C02C A99 GB1205PHV1 8AY Blower fan-in Fans & Cooling from Computer & Office on Aliexpress.com | Alibaba Group

Order Blade Color: MF50151V2 C01A G99

They asked for the connector type so I sent them these photos, I would send them with your order as well. You can reference my order number 91937353091187 to make sure they get it right.
https://ae01.alicdn.com/kf/UTB8dRJjeVPJXKJkSahVq6xyzFXaD.jpg
https://ae01.alicdn.com/kf/UTB8zdtbe0nJXKJkSaiyq6AhwXXa6.jpg
https://ae01.alicdn.com/kf/UTB8tsbZzhHEXKJk43Jeq6yeeXXao.jpg


awesome, thanks
 

ak555

New Member
Jan 11, 2018
2
5
Napa, CA
Yes I got it on Alibaba. It was $16 shipped and a perfect fit! Super easy to take out the cluster and install this fan. About a 2 hour job if doing for the first time.
HZDO 5CM MF50151VX C000 G99 5015 12V 2.35W MF50151V2 C01A G99 MF50151V2 C00A G99 EF50151B1 C02C A99 GB1205PHV1 8AY Blower fan-in Fans & Cooling from Computer & Office on Aliexpress.com | Alibaba Group

Order Blade Color: MF50151V2 C01A G99

They asked for the connector type so I sent them these photos, I would send them with your order as well. You can reference my order number 91937353091187 to make sure they get it right.
https://ae01.alicdn.com/kf/UTB8dRJjeVPJXKJkSahVq6xyzFXaD.jpg
https://ae01.alicdn.com/kf/UTB8zdtbe0nJXKJkSaiyq6AhwXXa6.jpg
https://ae01.alicdn.com/kf/UTB8tsbZzhHEXKJk43Jeq6yeeXXao.jpg

@Lukez Thank you very much for this information. I am about to dive into the replacement of the fan and was able to order the fan from Alibaba using your specs. I understand you need to have the SC reprogram the cluster if it is disconnected. Can you share with us your approach? Keep cluster connected? Wait for software update? Take to SC for programming?

Many thanks!
 

Lukez

Member
Mar 21, 2016
639
540
Ontario
@Lukez Thank you very much for this information. I am about to dive into the replacement of the fan and was able to order the fan from Alibaba using your specs. I understand you need to have the SC reprogram the cluster if it is disconnected. Can you share with us your approach? Keep cluster connected? Wait for software update? Take to SC for programming?

Many thanks!

Hello, I believe it only needs to be programmed if you are putting a new cluster in. Simply powering off your car, disconnecting 12v, removing your cluster, replacing the fan and reinstalling the same cluster, reconnecting 12v should not need any reprogramming!
 
  • Helpful
Reactions: SpudLime

Products we're discussing on TMC...

About Us

Formed in 2006, Tesla Motors Club (TMC) was the first independent online Tesla community. Today it remains the largest and most dynamic community of Tesla enthusiasts. Learn more.

Do you value your experience at TMC? Consider becoming a Supporting Member of Tesla Motors Club. As a thank you for your contribution, you'll get nearly no ads in the Community and Groups sections. Additional perks are available depending on the level of contribution. Please visit the Account Upgrades page for more details.


SUPPORT TMC
Top