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 Posted: Mon Jan 4th, 2021 03:24 am
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Marryann Claritan
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so, i was just given a Westinghouse livelyaire fan, it is a stationary (non osculating) version, which i did not know they had... it is a smaller, 10 inch maybe, with the plastic blade. one of the blades has a chip missing out of it which really bothers me for some reason, but it seems to run okay without vibrating or anything. other than that it is in perfect condition. someone has replaced the cord i believe, because it has no switch, it is just plug it in to go. so i put an inline switch on it. here is my question, when i opened it up to oil it, there were no oil wicks for the bearings, i know on my other livelyaire the oil wicks are little round ones that fit into a hole under the bearing, this one did not have those. so i oiled the bearings, and i am guessing they are made of that metal that wicks oil, so i put some grease on them, but what i need to know, is did someone for some reason remove the oil wicks, or is it not supposed to have them? it is cat. no. 10ld2 looks like. not sure, but it a livelyaire with plastic blades, i am sure you have all seen them.  

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 Posted: Mon Jan 4th, 2021 03:27 pm
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John McComas
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Get an old toothbrush or something similar, and brush clean the slots on the top of the motor.
The middle slot has a couple of small holes, one front and one for rear bearing oil.
Dig around in that slot with a toothpick and you should be able to find the oil holes.
I would not put more that about 5 drops of oil in each hole.  You may need to let the oil
soak through felt wicks over night.
Happy Fanning!

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 Posted: Mon Jan 4th, 2021 03:29 pm
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Marryann Claritan
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the holes are clean, there is no wicks in them. i think someone has removed them. 

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 Posted: Mon Jan 4th, 2021 03:34 pm
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Someone may have removed them because of dirt plugging them up.    I believe the brass bearings are
a porous bronze material.  Sintered bronze.
http://www.sdp-si.com/Design-Data/Porous-Metal-Bearings.php

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 Posted: Mon Jan 4th, 2021 04:00 pm
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Marryann Claritan
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yeah, pretty sure that is what the bearings are... what can i use to make a new oil wick to put into it? 

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 Posted: Wed Jan 6th, 2021 01:37 am
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Hi Maryanne,Your fan is what Westinghouse refers to as a Leader fan a basic non oscillating/stationary fan with a switch on the motor.You have a later version from 1954 or later painted a non metallic paint sort of a pinkish mauve color with a chrome guard and Hemcolite plastic blade. The earlier versions 1940’s were a wrinkle grey finish with a painted guard and aluminum blade non oscillating.To answer your oiler/spring/bearing question,Yes there should be a small spring loaded wick just below the bearings on the rotor shaft.The bearings are bronze and porous so the oil can be absorbed to oil the motor shafts.The bearings are a floating type and self slinging to keep the motor from binding.the spring loaded wicks sit in a shallow well below the bearings so oil can be wicked up for lubrication.You might need a donor/parts fan to get the spring loaded wicks.Normally they should be in place,but like you mentioned some one in the past might have removed them...I hope this helps answering your questions,...Jeff.:cool:

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