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Fan will not spin unless kick-started

I've got a small white box-fan that used to work great, until I cleaned it. After that it worked for a few months and then slowed to a crawl, then stopped. When turned on, you can hear it buzzing, and if held at a certain angle the blades will slowly turn. If you push the blades enough it will start moving normally. (albeit with the annoying buzzing) If you turn the fan sideways it stops again.
I opened the fan and took the entire assembly apart, and everything looks to be in one piece (although a nut was loose) The electric motor gets extremely hot when turned on. There seems to be a problem with the magnetic "catch" of the motor. The spindle part can be rotated freely by hand when the fan is off, but when I turn the motor on (and this is with the blades removed so it's not "over-weighted") it grabs the center magnetically and doesn't want to spin it. The center WILL slightly spin if pulled out from the surrounding electromagnet a little. Any ideas what's causing this or how to fix it without replacing? (with my minimal electrical knowledge)

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  • zabeus Jul 22, 2009

    Thanks wiz protek480, you were exactly right. I had oiled them but not enough. It was a combination of that and the fact that the bearing wasn't secured strongly enough. I had no idea that the end-brackets actually had to be screwed in *tighter* for the fan motor to spin. Thanks for helping me fix it!

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The bearings are dry. They are not really made to re oil. You can try...Try to take the ends off and get some 3 in1 oil in. That's all it needs

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You either have a bad capacitor, bad bearings, or it needs to be oiled.

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