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Holmes "16 fan needs to be lubricated. Where do you add oil

Fan needs to be lubricated. It starts on high but sometimes not on low. I removed the blade and added a few drops of oil around the fan shaft. This corrected the problem, but it returns after a while. Is there a correct way or place to lubricate the motor internally.

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No there is no way to lubricate the new cheap fans internally...they are made to run for a bit and then be thrown out...
I have found that by using a thin oil like WD-40 and then positioning the motor so that it runs back the shaft into the motor you can get it to work into the motor. I usually use WD-40 and then follow with a light motor or sewing machine oil. This seems to give a longer solution...


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The cheap fans I've disassembled have had only a small smear of rather stiff grease dabbed on at the bearing. I've usually tried to run oil into the bearing but, as pointed out above, sooner or later they dry or the oil wicks away. Last fan I took the bearings apart and they were built like real bearings, with a felt ring to store oil surrounding the brass sleeve in which the end of the shaft runs. Two problems: the felt was dry, never had had any oil, just that dab of grease applied to the shaft, and the sleeve was a plain brass tube, not the porous, sintered brass "Oilite" type of material which wicks the oil from the felt into the sleeve/shaft interface. After disassembling the motor I carefully removed the retainers at the interior openings of each bearing housing. This is when I discovered the dry felt. I removed the brass sleeves and cleaned any gunk, drilled and deburred a couple of 1/16" holes in each for oil flow to the inside (important to deburr the inside where the shaft will run), replaced the sleeves, oiled the felt (10 or 20 wt.), restaked the retainers, re-assembled motor and fan -- and voila`! Or, you could buy a new fan. But to me it's a game and I don't like to let a bearing beat me.

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