ok, now winter is drawing nearer, the fan in my trusty Berlingo has decided
its had enuff and wants to hang up its boots and retire to the countryside..
it starts when it wants to, but when it does it has a sorta "whirr whirr
(repeat)..." noise coming from it..
my question is, are fans expensive? and are they a big job to replace? as
I cant see any other way into it except by removing the dash :(
Agree that most are "sealed for life", but most also in my experience are
metal bearings, often that compressed stuff, which are porous, and soaked in
lubricant on assembly. This dries out in time, hence the application of a
little more oil. Have done it many times.
If the motor is stuffed anyway, what is there to lose?
The only type which would not work with oil would be a nylon type bearing.
What is there to loose? The vehicle if the motor should catch fire?!
There is a difference between 'oilable' bearings and bearings designed
not to be oiled, a lot depends on the design of the motor not just the
Of course it might also detonate that thermo-nuclear device that is built
into the fan motors on all these french cars, and take out the city too.
The motor if siezed, is more likely to catch fire in its current state.
No it would not, why would a fuse blow when the motor is running
normally, the problem with oil is because the motor armature is
flinging any excess oil about, they atomise fuel oil in boilers etc to
make it burn more easily, whilst worn armature bushes are well known
Agreed, if you were to immerse the whole thing in oil then it could be a tad
excessive, but since most of us are not that stupid.......
I have probably had more experience in this than many over my lifetime, and
found that a couple of drops of the correct grade of oil can work wonders.
That way it never gets near any commutator, so will be no problem.
Perhaps if I lubricated it with easystart, or similar, or brake fluid even.
That's probably the most volatile fluid on a car these days.
Want a bet on that, with 30 odd years in the trade believe me, some
people are stupid enough to put excusive mounts of freeing oils on
Don't forget that many of these heater motors are cited were dead
leaves and combustible dust can collect, it's not so much the oil
catching fire but smouldering oil setting fire to debris that has
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