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Clicking sound from fan

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I've been using a Scythe ultra kaze fan attached to a megahalems rev b heatsink. The fan was fine when I started using it, but a few months in it began to make a small clicking noise. Stopping the blades with my finger and allowing them to start again would solve the problem for a while, but then it would eventually start up again. I thought that it was most likely the fan hitting a loose wire or something, but after looking I couldn't see any visible loose ends which the blades could hit. Today the clicking noise has reached the point where it is no longer just clicking but it is so loud that it is distracting, and I don't know what it is. It's definitely this fan, as the clicking stops as soon as I stop the fan.

Is this fan done? I don't know if the best option would be to replace the fan as I don't want to buy another one and have the same problem.
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You may need to oil the fan bearing or the bearing is dying.
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Try some light weight oil on the bearing and see if that helps.
    
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How can I tell if the bearing is dying? I'll try oiling it now
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Oiling it did the trick, thanks guys
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So you don't need item 3 in my sig.

One thing, though: before you put any sleeve bearing fan into service you should lubricate it. They re-lube it periodically.
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