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When it comes to lubrication, oiling up something before you use it gets you a longer life. I am getting ready to put a computer into service. I'll be using two sleeve bearing fans on it. So I took pictures as I oiled one of them to prepare it to go to work. I'll be re-oiling it every three to six months.


Your choice of lubricants. The Singer oil is from Wal-Mart, The XL model train oil is from a hobby shop and the Precision Lubricator is from Radio Shack. Do not use WD-40: it is a penetrant, not a lubricant. 3-in-1 oil contains a penetrant. And EpicPie has recommended Bones Speed Cream, which looks promising.




Peel back - do not remove - the label.
Use a toothpick to pry open the rubber or plastic cap.




The open oil reservoir.




Put the oil in the reservoir. Fill it up, but leave room for the cap. You don't want to squeeze oil out when you put the cap back.




Clean off any oil from the fan surface. This will allow the label to stick firmly.




One lubricated sleeve bearing fan, ready to go to work.



As with nearly everything, the more you do this the easier and quicker it gets. Have fun!

And now philhalo66 has devised a way to resurrect his graphics card fan.

And now pyro_dude shares how he re-lubricates ball bearing fans.
Edited by ehume - 7/20/11 at 7:27pm
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post #2 of 172
Common enough task, yet put together in an easy how-to sort of guide with very nice pictures, +rep.
    
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very good and great pics.ive done the same with mine.thanks.
    
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Ah, nice and easy to understand, with pics too.
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+ rep, this explains why I killed over 50 fans by using WD-40.....

Do you think they will work again if I dab some singer oil on it?
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+ rep, this explains why I killed over 50 fans by using WD-40.....

Do you think they will work again if I dab some singer oil on it?
Good question. I've actually thought a lot about all this oil stuff. I think if I were trying to rescue a fan I would put in the lightest oil I could find, to start. Now that I have , I'd probably try to blow it out, put in the lightest oil I could find, then blow it out again, then put in medium oil like the Singer stuff.

Your local hobby stores have a collection of oils in various weights. I would find the store with the oldest proprietor and ask him advice on the best oil to use for a fan rescue, and follow it.

Fifty fans. If you only rescue 10%, that's five fans. Well worth it. And well worth trying different approaches. Adfter all, you have the numbers. Good luck.
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How often do you guys lubricate your fans? I haven't lubcricated any...
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How often do you guys lubricate your fans? I haven't lubcricated any...
I checked on my sleeve bearing top intake fan earlier this month, after two months in place. Its reservoir was still full of oil. I'll be checking every couple of months until I get some notion of how often these will need to be checked.

If you have put some sleeve bearing fans into service without lubricating them first you should take them out and lubricate them ASAP. Then probably every six months is OK. But I'm not sure, which is why I am checking.

Ball bearing fans are different, but I'm thinking some lube wouldn't hurt them when you put them into service.

Finally, some bearings are sealed - the Noctua, for one. Those you cannot lubricate.
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Hmm.. I thought only some of 3 in 1 products contained penetrants. Any ways there are formulas that dont allow the pentrant to exaporate.
So i guess some exception can be made.
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ugh I wish I knew this before I destroyed my fan...
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