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oil bath for an electric motor ?

Discussion in 'Motors & Transmissions' started by darkside0914, May 1, 2014.

  1. darkside0914

    darkside0914 Studio Forums Elite
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    heres the problem , after some heavy mudding with his rig a friends motor began making a strange sound and losing power . we cleaned it by running it submerged in a sink of clear water, let it dry then lubed it with 3 n 1 oil. it cured it for 1 run then it began doing the same thing . he didn't run it in water or mud this time so I don't know what is causing it. but he asked me if he submerged it in a thin oil like transmission fluid and ran it while submerged would that cure it permanently or is there another solution besides replacing the motor
     
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    Running it in any oil is a bad idea as it just becomes a magnet for all dirt it may encounter...Dust and pretty much anything sticks to oils.

    Only the bushings should ever have oil on them.

    Is this re buildable motor or a sealed can motor?

    If its a re-buildable all you can do is rebuild it..Chances are the comm is scratched to death and the brushes shot from the mud...so the comm needs to be turned and new brushes installed.

    Quite possibly the bearings/bushings need replacing as well

    If its a sealed can motor it sounds like its seen better days and more than likely needs to be replaced.

    You can find good used sealed can motors for 5-10 dollars.

    If he uses a re-buildable motor its a wise investment to purchase a motor lathe so you can maintain it...Its a waste of money to not have one and run them in mud unless you don't mind shipping the motor to get it rebuilt if you cant do it yourself..Can get expensive with all the shipping, labor and parts cost.
     
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    Ya don't do it.

    Sounds like work out bushings.
     
  4. darkside0914

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    thanks for the info guys ill pass it on since he doesn't have internet
     

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