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As soon as I installed my Silver Arrow, I noticed a very, very slight ticking sound from the fans. I thought that maybe I needed to break them in. However, it's continued to get worse and worse to the point that it's annoying. I isolated it down to one of the stock TY-140 fans. I've had this for less than two months. I've read the fan lubrication threads. This fan has an "Enhanced Hyper-Flow Bearing". Is this a type of bearing I could work on or am I screwed? I bought this from SVC and it appears that since it's been more than 30 days, I have to go to the manufacturer. I imagine that my shipping costs for RMA to Thermalright would cost me near what a new one of these fans will cost, so I'm wondering if I should just bite the bullet and give it a shot. I have an E-mail into Thermalright asking if I'd have to pay shipping. Right now, I have two AP-15s on the heatsink that are doing a great job.

Funny thing is, I started out on my PC with a Cogage True Spirit and the fan on that was screwed out of the box. I'd never had any fan go bad prior to that.
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I would always RMA over fixing it yourself. If down the road something really bad happens and you've voided your warranty because you fixed this problem then you'd be SOL. If you push hard enough they should pay for shipping
    
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You won't be able to fix it. Just rma it.
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Waiting on a reply from thermalright. Anyone ever deal with thermalright rma?
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Waiting on a reply from thermalright. Anyone ever deal with thermalright rma?
I think we're waiting to see what your experience is . . .
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I got an email response very early this morning. They asked that I send a short video clip of the fan to confirm the problem before they replace it. I've already sent the video. Seems like a fair way of handling it to me.
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They should be good about it, it sounds as though it's a mechanical defect when you say it started with a slight tick and then it has gotten worse over the period of two months.
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They asked for my address today, so it looks like I'll have a new fan coming.
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good stuff
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