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Re: [OT] Making CPU fans spin [was: Re: Seeking advice...]

2010/12/2, Mike McClain <mmcclain@nethere.com>:
> On Wed, Dec 01, 2010 at 11:49:55PM +0200, Andrei Popescu wrote:
>> On Mi, 01 dec 10, 08:18:27, PETER EASTHOPE wrote:
>> >
>> > Advisable to replace the fan before other components have heat
>> > damage.  Repair is an option too.  If the fan has ball bearings,
>> > they can be replaced.  Bearing vendors can be found on the Web
>> > and on eBay.  If the fan has bushings, they can be reconditioned.
>> > Take them out.  Poach them in non-detergent oil for at least 12
>> > hours to release the wear particles.  Reassemble.  Certainly worth
>> > the effort.
>> This is the first thing to do as soon as I have "my" Debian running on
>> the "other" machine ;) Is WD40 suitable for such fans?
> No, WD40 won't last use sewing machine or 3-in-1 oil.
> I've never disassembled one of these little muffin fans that come in
> the PC or power supply but have had good luck just cleaning and oiling
> them. About every 6 months I take the fans out and clean the exterior
> with alcohol and Q-Tips removing the grease and dust that builds up.
> I then lift the sticker or pop the little cap on the front (blade side)
> of the fan that covers the bearing and put a drop or two of oil on the
> end of the bearing and recover it. I haven't replaced a fan in this old
> P1 system since I started doing that.
> HTH,
> Mike
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