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Drive Motor Trouble with a White Mountain 6qt Ice cream freezer

We use 5 of these to make 90 gallons of homemade ice cream every summer for our church ice cream social. the motors are still under warranty, but running rather hot and occasionally they shut down before the ice cream is done. Upon taking the motors apart, we see that the tensioning springs fro the brush motors are pretty much rusted away from all the salty environment I guess.

Any idea where I could buy new springs for these units? their parts department wants $150 for a new motor/transmission(whole new freezer unit is only $200!!!) Motor info is sketchy due to age, but here's what I can pull off of it "Model PA(?) 517-067 NB CHEN'S E29053"

We're not sure if the motor brushes were designed to be replaced or not as the braided copper pigtails sort of disappear into the armature. If we strike out on the springs, could a shade tree repair be done with a rubber band (or other tensioning device) and some small wood pieces to fit over the brushes to keep them in contact with the armature?

Any help would be a big help

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Need to have an appliance tech look at it. Some motors have a current limit/thermal cutout inside. Does it cut off without being attached to bucket? Is motor gearbox bound up somehow? If motor is removed from gearbox and turns, then gearbox needs some lube or is otherwise defective/seized.

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