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 Posted: Tue Aug 8th, 2017 01:46 am
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Jamie Williams
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I have a tank motor fan that I'm having issues with, I'm pretty certain I know the issue but I need help resolving it.   I have 4 other examples of this model, all work great.  This one will run like Bo Jackson once she's fired up, but won't start on her own.  Obviously a start mechanism problem, can anyone recommend specific parts and sources to fix this?

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 Posted: Tue Aug 8th, 2017 09:33 am
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Henry Carrera
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Are you thinking there is a problem with the centrifugal switch? What is the resistance of the start winding? An open start winding could cause this problem too.

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 Posted: Tue Aug 8th, 2017 03:35 pm
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Check the condition and cleanliness of the start switch.   It should look like this R&M (Westy tank motor) lollipop switch.   Are the three springs good, do the moving centrifugal contacts move easily?    Also check the red fiber insulation discs; I have found a few tanks where the fiber is breaking up.




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 Posted: Tue Aug 8th, 2017 10:12 pm
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Jamie Williams
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Thanks guys. That is the kind of helpful information I was looking for. I can check a couple of easy things now without a teardown. I already have far too many good fans apart at one time, I need to get some back together before I start mixing up parts.

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 Posted: Tue Aug 8th, 2017 10:39 pm
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Your ears could tell you something since you have 4 other tanks to compare against. Listen to see if the arms are at least opening and closing at about the correct RPM's.

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 Posted: Thu Aug 10th, 2017 04:47 pm
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Tom Morel
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Sometimes the starting switch contacts need to be cleaned. I cleaned mine up several years ago and has been running well ever since.

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 Posted: Thu Aug 10th, 2017 10:50 pm
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Another thing to check, are the bearings very well lubed? In spite of the large motor, those things have no starting torque. Any little resistance will keep them from starting.

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 Posted: Fri Aug 11th, 2017 12:55 am
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Jamie Williams
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Thanks guys. Maybe that's why I like these, if I've ever been in a situation with low starting torque, I'd agree a little lube and the chance to build some momentum makes all the difference in the world. I'm drawing the line at capacitors though.

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