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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
SOURCE: cleaning the separator
Try spraying something like WD40 around the shaft, then if you have to, use 2 small flat blades that will fit under the edge of the separator and keep working it until it pops loose. It is just crude and calcium from water that is keeping it on.
Posted on Feb 20, 2008
Not a good sign. If your Rainbow is SE or newer - separator should not spin freely.
Some may recommend torch but I am afraid that you may end up melting some plastic parts so be careful. I'd say put a wrench on the nut, hold the separator and press it towards the motor (thus holding the armature as much as it is still possible) and then hit the wrench that is on the nut with another one - create momentum.
If this does not work - you can use pliers to destroy the separator completely so you would gain access to another nut that is under the separator so you can hold the armature with another wrench.
I can not guarantee 100% that you will succeed as sometimes those nuts are so rusted that you have to have the armature held in a vise.We usually disassemble the motor so we can hold the armature by hand or in a vise but if you do not want to go that far into the motor - use described above method - maybe it will work.
Posted on Nov 19, 2008
SOURCE: I have a Rainbow E
It's ok to pry on it if you're careful. Tap it too, use a screwdriver handle and just go around it and tap judiciously. When you're prying, be sure that if something is going to break it's the separator and not the machine housing.
Clean the shaft well before putting the new separator on, it's a pretty close fit and you don't want crud in it, and be sure the threads are clean and dry before putting the acorn nut on.
Posted on Jan 09, 2011
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