Which is the better lube for my bearings?

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  1. Bladen

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    I am about to re-lube up my bearings (for 2 Scythe Ultra Kaze 3000 rpm 120mm fans), and I have a choice of 3 lubes that I have on hand:

    1. Silicone spray lubricant. I can use one of those tube extension applicators to spray it somewhat neatly.
    2. High temperature bearing grease. Extremely high viscosity, I don't think it would penetrate the bearing that well.
    3. Sewing machine oil. If I can find it.

    I also have WD-40, but that is pretty rubbish as a lubricant.

    Anyone have an positive or negative experiences with any of the above lubes?
     
  2. digamma

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    I use Singer Sewing Machine Oil, available in Big W and Woolworths (that I've seen). Works fine. A drop or two under the bearing cover and hey presto! Silent fans again. Can't tell you how long it lasts, as it has been MANY months since I've had to lube any up, so you can be assured it lasts at least that long.
     
  3. Aetherone

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    High grade engine oil. Better than the original oil, thin enough to penetrate, thich enough to stay in place once its there, 5L bottle lasts for decades, you can use it in your car.

    I've used it to resurrect fans that were seized and they last longer afterward than they originally did. :thumbup:
     
  4. The Hun

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    Replace the fans? How old are they? A Bottle of decent engine oil will cost about $40-50. Unless you buy maybe the 1L smaller containers. Call me a silly n00b but that dosen't sound worth it to me.
     
  5. Aetherone

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    You're a silly n00b :tongue:
    $40-50 will let you re-lube about 10,000 fans ... or 10 fans and your car :p
     
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    Hardware store (not bunnings) maybe auto stores, maybe spotlight, but most likely a shaving store as it's used on hair clippers and such.

    Or, ebay sewing machine oil.
     
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    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EHb5a-kTzz8

    Ignore the music and the yo yo lol. But try to remove the bearings.

    ANY lubricant will work for those bearings, they arent under any load, its just a plastic fan that spins.
     
  8. ICEW0LF

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    buy fan with fluid bearings
    never have to lube them again
    ???????????????
    PROFIT!!!

    no actually i do realise with something like a 3K kaze you don't get that choice. Car oil would be too thick - i think the sewing machine oil would penetrate better. and yeah don't bother with WD40 as it wont last particularly long

    trying to remove bearings from fans usually results in dead fans as most of them aren't designed to be pulled apart after manufacturing (though i cant say i have tried a kaze)
     
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    Silicon spray FTW if you have it at hand, point, squirt and silence. Dont overthink this.....
     
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    get some engine oil from your car and should be good
     
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    I used sewing machine oil. Whatever you do DO NOT use WD40. my spanish friend did that while his computer was still on and it was funny watching it smoke in less than a second.
     
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    Trust u to post that.........:lol:
     
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    :lol:
    sry op
    had to be done
    i could resist no more.....
     
  16. pele93

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    Err,
    Water based?
    Probably not good for around a computer :thumbup:
    I would recommend an oil based lube but I don't know if they still sell it still in a convinent form.
     
  17. Creekin

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    ewww :sick:

    silver helps in wc loop..
    might work for that too... :confused:
     
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    How did I know the second you would spot this thread, it would go south? :p
     
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    Just him been on the forums, sends the lot south. :leet:
     

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