“Just give it a little grease and it will be like new.”
I can’t believe it actually works, but perhaps it’s precisely because of my tendency to make things complicated that I missed such a simple solution.
A few hours ago, it was just me, a dismantled fan, and a lot of dust bunnies. Yeah, it’s an old fan and no, I never once cleaned it. The fan was screeching when I tried to turn it on, and sometimes it wouldn’t really spin unless you wack it a couple of times so the fan shaft can loosen up.
This isn’t the first time I opened up the fan and let the dust bunnies roam, it probably ain’t the last time either. And to be honest, it’s more of a fun project than something with actual practical value. Well, I guess that makes me a better repairer in the long run but for now, I just like to tinker.
The fan bearing or bushing was pretty much worn out and there were a bunch of dirty grease and scoring on the fan shaft. Not that it matters anyway, this isn’t some expensive industrial-grade fan. So I cleaned it, put a bit of “lubrication” and reassembled everything. Turn it on and it works!
Until a few days later when the problem came back. In hindsight, I might not have reinstalled everything properly, or so I thought. And as I was pondering whether or not to dismantle it again, my brother came and put a bit of yo-yo grease on the bearing/bushing area, and it works like new.
Well, I probably used the wrong lubrication. WD-40 and a bit of oil probably doesn’t cut it, then again, I don’t have any other lubricants available. But a light yo-yo grease my brother used for his yo-yos? Works like a charm! Especially considering how long his unresponsive yo-yo can sleep.
The moral of the story? Don’t use a hammer to hit a screw? Try the lazy and quick fix first before doing anything drastic? Nah, I just like to dismantle stuff for the fun of it and don’t exactly care about fixing the problem in the first place. Not in this case anyway. My brother was solving the problem while I was just playing around with it.