Oiling Fans

  Robotic_Rob 19:56 09 Jan 2007
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Hey,

Im thinking about cleaning my case out. So I'm thinking about dropping a couple of drops of oil down the pin on all of my fans to make them run smoother. Does anybody have any recommendations on the type of oil and the thickness?

Cheers

  VoG II 19:58 09 Jan 2007

3-in-one or sewing machine oil. One drop only!

  Robotic_Rob 20:01 09 Jan 2007

3 in 1 as in the kind of oil used on mountain bike chains?

Im going to blow any excess oil out with some good air out of a compressed can.

  Belatucadrus 22:37 09 Jan 2007

If you do blow it out, clean up carefully afterwards. Also remember to replace the bearing cover stickers if you have to remove them. There's a multitude of PC parts that don't react well to getting oiled.

  Stuartli 22:47 09 Jan 2007

>>Im going to blow any excess oil out with some good air out of a compressed can.>>

It could end up anywhere.

Just don't use too little or, more importantly, too much oil.

  Totally-braindead 22:52 09 Jan 2007

Use more than one drop of oil and the inside of your PC case will end up looking like its been sprayed with a grease gun.
I personally hold the fans in place and give them a light brush with a brand new paint brush. And if the fans get noisy I generally just replace them.

  Robotic_Rob 22:56 09 Jan 2007

Personally i was thinking of removing the fan outside of the case. As any liquid that aint quick dryin n electronics aint good.

  Stuartli 23:11 09 Jan 2007

All my fans have a cover which I lift up and then apply the oil sparingly to the bearings.

The fan cover is then resealed.

If your oil was "quick drying" it would be of no value.

You are probably thinking of the circuits etc cleansing type aerosol products.

  Robotic_Rob 23:25 09 Jan 2007

Stuartli Said:

"If your oil was "quick drying" it would be of no value.

You are probably thinking of the circuits etc cleansing type aerosol products."

I was stating that ANY liquid that doesn't dry quickly mixed with electronics ain't good as it would blow 7 shades of shit out of the electronics. I didn't state that i would be using a liquid that drys quickly, because that would be pointless. Pointless being the fact that oil needs to remain as a liquid for it to be a lubricant.

  wee eddie 23:37 09 Jan 2007

Take care to keep it away from the electronics.

  Stuartli 23:40 09 Jan 2007

We are both making the same points in general then..:-)

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