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Need to oil the fans on my Sapphire Radeon HD 7950 Vapor-X

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June 13, 2013 11:28:51 AM

Hello, I'm trying to oil the fans on my Sapphire Radeon HD 7950 Vapor-X, which I've had for about 2 months. One of the 2 fans is emitting a clicking sound which I know is not good. But upon inspection, I found that I couldn't gain access to the fan bearings. I thought all I had to do was peel back the round sticker in the center and put a bit of oil there and close it back up. But when I peeled back the sticker I found this:


My first thought was to do a ton of internet searches. After a while, I stumbled upon a post that seemed to indicate there could be a plastic "plug" over the top of the spindle bearing. So I attempted to pry it out but all I got was a broken knife tip and lots of tiny gouges.

I did more internet searches without coming up with any guidance so I prepared to do some minor surgery on the fan. I created a shroud out of a piece of paper and some electrical tape:


Grabbed a dremmel with a thin round grinding stone:


And then with a small magnifying glass carefully ground down through the "plug":


What I found was more plastic and what appeared to be a metal bearing. But the entire assembly spins together (plastic fan shroud/blades and the revealed metal inside) so I don't think this is actually the fan's bearing.

I don't know what to do now. I need to get these things oiled so they'll last but I don't know how. I can't remove them from the heatsink shroud because there are electrical wires on both sides of the fans that anchor them to the inside of the shroud. I can see it requiring dissembling the entire heatsink and fan assembly just to get to the stupid fans and this card is still under warranty.

Well I hope it still is. Bleh. Stupid cheap fans. Anyone have any suggestions?
June 13, 2013 11:41:13 AM

well now that your ground it down you cant rma it or anything. your best bet is to just take the fans out and replace them
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June 13, 2013 12:15:05 PM

Thanks for the reply, but I am asking if these fans can be oiled. Maybe I should have just said "can the fans on the Sapphire Radeon HD 7950 Vapor-X be oiled?" What do you think? They are nearly brand-new. I could replace them, but I would just face the same problem down the road I think...
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June 16, 2013 1:24:53 PM

I know one of you guys has the answer! Anyways, despite my grinding, both fans seem to be doing just fine. I think the noise may have been coming from something else, but I'll keep an eye on the situation.

The images I posted make it look like I was drilling these huge holes, but remember these are really zoomed-in pics and I was using a magnifying glass while I worked. To the naked eye, the hole I drilled looks like a .5mm scratch. I was extremely careful and gentle.
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June 24, 2013 7:07:43 AM

i would just get new fans, usually when the fans are noisy like that its caused by the motor going bad.
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