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This 12 year old fan never spins when powered. It is so clogged with lint it can't spin! Here is how I fixed this in 5 minutes.

Step 1: Taking It Apart.

Taking off the front grill with a flat blade screwdriver and the back cover by removing the lone Phillips head screw, the fan is ready to be serviced.

Step 2: Cleaning.

Using a brush I cleaned off the lint and washed the fan blade.

Step 3: Lubing.

Using powerlube I sprayed lubrication onto the bearings and rotor.

Step 4: Reassembly.

Half a minute to reassemble. Now to power up.

Step 5: Completion.

Now the fan spins quite powerfully and provides refreshing breeze!
<p>I do this too -- usually the old oil has either disappeared, or is full of lint/dust and is a non-lubricating paste :) </p><p>I usually use a syringe loaded with isopropanol (IPA) to jet-wash (carefully) through the bearings to flush out the old oil/garbage, while letting the fan spin at low speed. IPA is flammable, so no sparks and flames, and this is a bit messy, so do it outdoors/garage :)</p><p>When it's dripped/dried out, relube with oil.</p>
<p>I clean and oil mine on a regular basis. </p>
<p>Should have seen this two days ago....</p><p>Well, I'll have an extra fan now thanks to you....</p>
Dont worry. Next time!
I do this quite often with discarded fans. Many people just throw them away when they get clogged up. I have 4 fans in my workshop that I saved from the trash that all just needed a quick zap with wd40 or any spray lube of your choice.
Oh yeah.

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