In this guide I show how to disassemble a Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon 6th Generation laptop (type 20KH-CTO1WW). This guide will work for all machine types: 20KH and 20KG.
At the end of this guide I will add a link to the official Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon machine types 20KH and 20KG hardware maintenance manual.
Loosen five captive screws on the base cover. These screws will not separate from the cover.
Separate and remove the base cover from the rest of the machine.
Start removing the base cover from the display hinge side.
Remove two screws securing the battery.
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon 6th Generation part number: FRU P/N 01AV430 or ASM P/N SB10K97587.
Lift up the back of the battery to disconnect it from the motherboard. Remove the battery.
Remove one screw securing the solid state drive.
This is a PCIe NVMe M.2 SSD from Samsung (Model: MZ-VLB5120).
Remove the SSD.
Remove three screws securing the audio jack board.
Disconnect the speaker cable (yellow) from the board.
Disconnect the audio jack board cable from the motherboard.
Here’s how to disconnect the audio jack cable.
Lift up the metal connector bracket to release the cable (red arrow) and pull the cable out (yellow arrow).
Lift up and remove the audio jack board with the cable attached.
Loosen four screws securing the processor heatsink.
Disconnect the cooling fan cable from the motherboard.
Lift up the cooling module (heatsink with fan) and remove it.
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon 6th Generation cooling module FRU part number: 01YR204.
Remove two screws securing the USB board.
Disconnect the USB board cable from the motherboard.
Remove the USB board.
Disconnect two antenna cables from the wireless card.
Insert a paper clip into the hole on the SIM/MicroSD card tray.
Push the clip in and the tray will pop out.
Remove the SIM/MicroSD card tray.
Un-route Wi-Fi antenna cables from the guided path.
Remove two screws from the Wi-Fi antenna guide.
Remove the Wi-Fi antenna guide.
Remove six screws securing the motherboard. One screw located under the SSD slot is larger than five other screws.
Disconnect the following color-coded cables:
– Power button cable (red).
– Two display cables (yellow and green).
– Touchpad/Finger scanner cable (orange).
– Trackpoint cable (blue).
– Keyboard cable (white).
– RTC battery cable (pink).
Here’s how to disconnect flat cables.
Unlock the connector by lifting up the locking tab (red arrow) and pull the cable out (yellow arrow).
Lift up and remove the metal bracket.
Remove two screws securing the left and right Wi-Fi antennas.
Remove both Wi-Fi antennas from the top case assembly.
Lift up the motherboard and remove it.
Here’s the other side of the motherboard. It’s almost entirely covered with a protective mylar sheet (it’s protecting the motherboard from liquid damage).
Open the display at a 90 degree angle and place the laptop upside down on the edge of a desk.
Remove two screws from the left display hinge and three screws from the right display hinge.
Remove the display from the top case assembly.
The keyboard in a Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon 6th Generation laptop is attached to the top case with about 70 tiny screws. The keyboard can be removed and replaced.
The power button is located on a separate board. This board can be easily removed and replaced if necessary.
You can download the official Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon machine types 20KH and 20KG hardware maintenance manual here.