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Loud Squeak I'm getting a loud squeak when the fan runs... it only does it every once in awhile... i see what looks like a Oil slot on the back of the fan motor... is that where i oil it? or what do i do? any information would be helpful as this is a great fan... thanks in advance.. email me at if you want to or you can here.

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Re: Loud Squeak

Yes that is the oiling hole,use some wd40 or 3 and 1 oil but not too much.the noise you hear is the back bearing of the motor

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I can here motor when I turn fan on but the blades do not turn

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