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KrisBlueNZ

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I think 5-56, 2-26 and WD40 are all pretty similar.
 

KrisBlueNZ

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Thanks KJ6EAD.
I should have followed my own advice and looked online first for the right answer, instead of posting my vague and uninformed opinion!
 

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The start capacitor is 6 ufd 330 VAC. I've heard that WD40 can remove some anti-corrosion coatings. Diesel fuel in a spray bottle with a stream setting works just fine. Do not use acetone or even de-natured alcohol as it will dissolve the insulation on the coils. Rubbing alcohol can be used to remove the diesel, allow to dry before powering up. At any rate, go lightly with the solvent, as you don't want to have to replace the bearings.
As for me, I haven't had much luck on the repair side. I'm going just replace mine.
 

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The start capacitor is, in fact, 6ufd. The item that I posted as a transformer, is in fact a speed controller, based on the wiring diagram I found. I've checked the CRC website, and it appears the 2-26 is the correct lubricant to use. That I am able to find locally. I will give the motor a couple of squirts, when I get it, and give it a try. Who knows, it may just work!
 

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I contacted CRC, and spoke to someone in technical support, to be sure I was actually getting the correct product(s) for the application.
They actually advised against the 5-56, because it is not safe for plastics. It works very well as a general lubricant, but since most motors will have some plastic components, that would not be the correct product. BTW: same thing applies to WD 40, but they do put out a product called Blue Works Contact Cleaner. I just need to see if I could find it locally, to compare it.
They actually recommended I start with a product called QD Contact Cleaner (CRC 03130), to clean out the dust and other contaminants from the motor. From there I can move onto the 2-26, to clean the bearings and shaft area. These products should be used, because they are designed for electrical and electronics. The 2-26 will probably remove some of the grease from the bearings. Therefore, I should then follow up with a regreasing of the bearings, most likely with a lithium grease, but if possible, check with the manufacturer for their recommended form of grease.
I thought this information could be helpful. There is always the question, what product is best, especially in the mountain of possibilities. I figured It was best to go "to the horses mouth", so to speak.
Dave
 
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Yes, you definitely need to re-grease the bearing(s) after you clean them out. It's just like flushing your car's oil system using petrol or some other solvent. The solvent makes the grease much more liquid, so it will come out and bring the dirt with it. Then the bearing is unlubricated, so you can't stress it at all until you've reapplied grease.

Good on you for going direct to CRC. That was very sensible.
 
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