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I Have a Gateway GT5622 computer, recently the CPU fan has been rattling, I was told to lubricate the ballberings, which I was given instructions to do and I have the oil to use. however noone knows how to...

The fan is usually either screwed to the heatsink. They might have used some sort of epoxy to hold it in place. Usually when these type of fans start making noise they need to be replaced at only a couple bucks its worth it.
I'm not sure that you could lubricate the bearings they are probably a sealed system.

Jun 05, 2011 | Gateway GT5220 PC Desktop

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Dayton 30' pedestal fan will run for an hour or so, seems to run hot.. there is slight burning smell. then fan makes little noise and shuts down.

Whats happening is that your fan is overheating (usually due to a loss of lubrication in the bearings), and the motor's thermal cutoff is kicking in (due to overtemperature), and shutting down the motor.
This thermal cutoff circuit is installed in consumer motors to prevent fires.

You have two solutions:
(1) disassemble your nice 30" pedestal fan (I've done this a few times - any handy guy/gal can do it),
and lubricate (with automotive bearing grease ($3 at any auto parts store), or 3-in-1 oil for those spots that won't take bearing grease) the bearings, and
reassemble. Re-lubricate on a regular schedule to prevent recurrence.
(2) buy a new one. Give your old fan to the kid on the block who thinks he/she can fix anything &
tell him/her it just needs to be lubricated.

May 13, 2011 | Dayton (2C373) Fan

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Fridge makes fan noise . It says lifetime lubrication. Does it need to be lubricated anyway if motor is making noise?

Lubing it may help for a bit but will noly be will need to be replaced...

Here is a tip that I wrote about refrigerators and the fan noise that they develop sometimes...

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Getting lubrication into a ceiling fan is very difficult unless you take it apart, take it down and then turn it upside down.... Then spray WD-40 in around wwhere the fan blades hook up at. Then let it set for at least a couple of hours to let the lubricant work its way into the bearing. Turn it a bit and spraying more in every fifteen minutes or so will help to get it in there better.


Feb 27, 2010 | Hampton Bay 24002 Ceiling Fan

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Fan makes a whining noise as though it is struggling to turn

Check the bushings for alignment and lubrication. Dried accumulated dirt makes the rotor stuck and hard to turn. If this is the case, remove the oscillation gear assembly at the back of the motor. Lubricate the front and rear bushings while manually turning the fan to loosen it. Do it until the fan smoothly spins. You can use engine oil as lubricant or even cooking oil but don't let it flood the motor assembly.
If the fan smoothly spins when manually turned but still makes a whining noise when plugged and switched on, align the bushings.until desired result is obtained.
Note: These procedures are based on my actual experience and makes a perfect result. Extra effort is the only investment.

Aug 20, 2009 | Schaefer Outfitters Dryers

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Fan making noise in AC

pls try to lubricate it if it got oiling port as soon as possible. if no port you may change bearing before the damaging motor . also if this type of motor does not have bearings better to change it

May 01, 2009 | Heating & Cooling

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Hampton bay fan makes squeeking noise

If the fan is fairly new, remove it and return it to Home Depot. It is almost certainly something that has fallen down into the motor and is rubbing loudly enough to make a squeak as the fan runs faster.

The fan itself has sealed lubrication and you don't have to lubricate it.

Apr 07, 2009 | Hampton Bay 24750 Huntington III Ceiling...

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as fans with ball bearings in them operate, they gather dust. this dries out the lubricant in the bearings track. normally cleaning the fan would suffice to restore effectiveness just run a vacuum over the fan on a regular basis to stop the dust building up.

if you have added lubricant to the bearings you may find that more dust is now sticking to the dust that was already there reducing the fans effectiveness even more and causing more noise.

another possible reason for the increased noise is that when lubricating the fan, depending on how you did it, you may possibly have bent the fan's axle slightly again increasing vibration and noise.

personally I think it unwise to add lubricant to a ball bearing track such as that on a cpu fan as lubricants vary in viscosity and suitability for use and I wouldn't know which one to buy. If the axle has become bent, I believe it is possible to have it straightened but with the price of fans being so low I feel your best course of action would be to replace the fan and then make sure that your new fan doesn't get clogged.

Oct 08, 2008 | IBM ThinkCentre S50 8183 - P4 3 GHz...

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I have model # RS2630WW Samsung regrigerator making a lot of noise that seems to be coming from the back panel area. When I remove the 8 screws, it's seems to be coming from the fan. (I disconnected the...

fan can not be lubricated and they can get noisy.
however, a common reason is the fan blades hitting ice that has built up. check for this

Sep 06, 2008 | Refrigerators

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Electrolux Hi-light

Burnt smell is probably the belt slipping. Even though it looks OK, either the belt needs replacement and/or the roller needs cleaning and/or lubrication at the ends. Try cleaning the roller ends first and then light lubrication with WD40. If belt works, you are done. If not, replace belt.

Feb 15, 2008 | Electrolux Central Vacuum

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