WD-40 and Sluggish to start fans

SantiagoDR

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A few weeks ago I read an article about the many uses for WD-40.

One of the hints was to use WD-40 on fans that have quit running/sluggish to start.

Last week the wall fan my wife uses at the computer became sluggish and eventually stopped running.
I remembered the hint about WD-40 and sprayed the shaft with WD-40.

Instant results, the shaft turned like brand new.
It's been running great for a week now.

In the past I gave up on the fans and would buy a new one.


Don
 

Cdn_Gringo

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As a lubricant W40 can and does work for a limited time but breaks down with heat an friction. For moving parts you are better off using a spot of silicon grease. It's thicker, so it stays put and doesn't splash around, lasts longer and doesn't wash away when in contact with water/rain etc. WD is certainly handy and easy to apply using the little red tube but is not necessarily the best choice for all things squeaky or things hat are difficult to turn from seizing. WD is good choice to disperse water in locks and other things that collect rain water or otherwise get wet often.
 

RDKNIGHT

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As a lubricant W40 can and does work for a limited time but breaks down with heat an friction. For moving parts you are better off using a spot of silicon grease. It's thicker, so it stays put and doesn't splash around, lasts longer and doesn't wash away when in contact with water/rain etc. WD is certainly handy and easy to apply using the little red tube but is not necessarily the best choice for all things squeaky or things hat are difficult to turn from seizing. WD is good choice to disperse water in locks and other things that collect rain water or otherwise get wet often.
finally someone with good advice here..