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 Posted: Mon May 13th, 2019 04:12 pm
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James McInnis
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After a long drive and little sleep, I plugged in my newly-purchased Westinghouse Mobilaire and, thinking I was being diligent, proceeded to apply a generous amount of oil to the hole in the center of the bracket that sits over the motor (this bracket has braces that hold the fan surround). When I ran the fan a day later, it made a terrible racket. As the subject title asks, what have I done? Is there a fix? Help, please.

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 Posted: Mon May 13th, 2019 04:25 pm
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Hi James.

I don't think you "did" anything by oiling the fan which would cause a racket to happen. More than likely there's a loose part which is causing the noise.  Can you post a picture of the area of the motor where it was oiled? Also could you make a short video and upload to YouTube; showing the noise?

These will help us to troubleshoot it with you.

Sincerely,
David

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 Posted: Mon May 13th, 2019 04:35 pm
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Hi David, I'm in Alabama, too (Mobile). Thanks for your reply.

I should have specified that the oil I applied was not at the designated oiling points; it was smack in the middle of the motor (hence my description of the bracket location for those familiar with Mobilaire fans). I'm running out the door now but will take photos and attempt my first video upon my return.

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 Posted: Mon May 13th, 2019 05:44 pm
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James McInnis wrote: Hi David, I'm in Alabama, too (Mobile). Thanks for your reply.



I should have specified that the oil I applied was not at the designated oiling points; it was smack in the middle of the motor (hence my description of the bracket location for those familiar with Mobilaire fans). I'm running out the door now but will take photos and attempt my first video upon my return.

Sounds good. Don't despair about the oil. That won't cause noise, but it may give the motor a hot oil smell for a while.

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 Posted: Mon May 13th, 2019 08:27 pm
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How do I upload a video? I made a video a few seconds long and tried to upload to the gallery but it was rejected "Not an image file"

Another detail: The fan rode in a moving van from NYC to Mobile on its back for about 1400 miles. Was something shaken loose or knocked out of position?

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 Posted: Tue May 14th, 2019 01:18 pm
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james i too think the rattle was there before you oiled it. try tighteining the mounting bolts and make sure the setscrew is tight too and the oil holes are at each end of the motor (they might be dry) and see what happens! 

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 Posted: Tue May 14th, 2019 07:03 pm
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After I realized that I had put the oil in the wrong place, I put some in the right places. I will check to see that no bolts or screws have come loose on the long bouncy drive.

Is it possible to post a video, as David Allen suggested? The sound it's making may be a clue to someone.

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 Posted: Tue May 14th, 2019 07:55 pm
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James McInnis wrote: After I realized that I had put the oil in the wrong place, I put some in the right places. I will check to see that no bolts or screws have come loose on the long bouncy drive.



Is it possible to post a video, as David Allen suggested? The sound it's making may be a clue to someone.

It's easy to post a video. Use YouTube.  Upload the video to YouTube, and set it to "unlisted." This will prevent it from showing up on YouTube searches and getting unwanted views and comments.

There's a button on the forum which will allow you to insert the YouTube link into your forum post.


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 Posted: Tue May 14th, 2019 10:05 pm
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]Thanks, David, and sorry for being dense. I've never made, uploaded or posted a video before; no particular reason, just never had to. Here 'tis.

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PS - I tested and ran the fan before I brought it South. It worked fine.

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 Posted: Wed May 15th, 2019 10:40 pm
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Sounds to me like a loose blade. Did you remove it to oil it?

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 Posted: Wed May 15th, 2019 11:58 pm
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No. I used a long-necked oiler and just poked it through the mesh. I hadn't even figured out how to remove the front cover until today. Now it's clean and noisy...

Would traveling on its back for a couple of days, jiggling in a trailer loosen the blade? Does a loose blade make intermittent noise like you hear in the video?

Is there someone nearby (Mobile, Alabama) you can recommend who can take a look at it?

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 Posted: Sat May 18th, 2019 09:36 am
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I second Andrew's opinion that a loose blade is likely to blame.

I do live in Alabama, but not so near Mobile. And I am currently on duty at work for the foreseeable future.

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 Posted: Sat May 18th, 2019 07:46 pm
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Don't worry, I wasn't hinting for an invitation; I only wanted to find someone who can fix it because at the moment my days are tied up doing demolition on an old house and it's getting HOT. I don't have much "tinker time" right now. If you both think it's a loose blade, that's good enough for me.

I'll see if I can find the right-size Allen wrench and tighten the blade.

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 Posted: Mon May 20th, 2019 02:27 pm
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Could be dry bushings too. Sometimes the oil from the holes doesnt make it to the bushings if the felt wicking is dried out and hardened. When you check the blade put a few drops of oil directly on the shaft at the front and back and see if that quiets it down. Also check for play in the bushings by trying to move the shaft up and down and sideways...it should not move in any way except maybe back and forth a little...and even that should only be about 1/8th an inch. Any more than that and it needs new fiber washers  

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