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

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?
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  1. 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
  2. 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...
  3. 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.
  4. 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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