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 Posted: Sun Aug 4th, 2019 10:29 pm
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Jeff Mitchell
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This fan belonged to my wife’s grandparents and looks like he changed the cord on it but when you plug it in it doesn’t work. I disassembled the box the switch is on and connected the wires from the motor directly to the cord and it worked. I’m guessing the switch or magneto that is located inside the box are bad.
Any ideas about the problem? Are replacements or rebuilds available for these parts?
I also read the articles here about the correct oil to use but not sure how much. In the picture below it shows the oil tubes with caps. Do both tubes need oil, and how much?
Thanks for any help.




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Patrick Ray
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Use a voltmeter to check continuity across the switch. (Power in to each of the leads out).  You can easily find replacement switches on Amazon or eBay.

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Patrick Ray wrote: Use a voltmeter to check continuity across the switch. (Power in to each of the leads out).  You can easily find replacement switches on Amazon or eBay.
Thanks. I’ll have to check it tomorrow. 

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many of those old switches had open contacts and get gunked up and they just dont make clean contact. Also the wire was soldered directly on to a terminal and solder breaks . your problem sounds like the power cord or the switch. did you use the same power cord when directly connecting it? 

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Tom Zapf wrote: many of those old switches had open contacts and get gunked up and they just dont make clean contact. Also the wire was soldered directly on to a terminal and solder breaks . your problem sounds like the power cord or the switch. did you use the same power cord when directly connecting it? 
I did use the same power cord to directly connect it so it must be in the switch. The wires are still soldered to the switch but I’ll take a closer look when I have it apart again. The old cloth wires look pretty ragged though.
I didn’t get a chance to check the switch today. My wife hijacked me to do yard work and build a fence so it probably won’t be until the weekend.

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