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Re: Troubleshooting Hella Turbo 12V Fan

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Yep...that why people think Americans believe in a throw away society. If its a fixable problem....why not try to fix it, no matter how much its dollar value is..course if your cruising in the Indian Ocean where there is no West Marine,....I guess you fix the fan
Time....whats your time worth. Sure, if I were in a situation where there was no chandlery near by, I'd try and fix it. But I think OP is living aboard somewhere in Florida....where Defender or West Marine can deliver a part w/in 2 days. I'd rather spend the time sailing or working on major maintenance projects (such as the projects I mentioned above).

Now if all major maintenance is done (ha! I know of NO boat that hasn't deferred SOME big project...especially rebedding hardware)...then go nuts, fix the frayed wire or burned out motor of a $70 part. Just seems like a waste of time.

If you want to be holier than thou, fine...OP, instead of throwing the old fan into the dumpster, spend your time separating metal from plastic and recycle the bugger.

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Re: Troubleshooting Hella Turbo 12V Fan

The part that has failed in my several Hella fans is the small, slide-on connectors where the power wire attaches to the printed-circuit board. Soldering the wires directly to the board is a simple fix. There are two resistors on the board and I've had to replace the larger one (.5 ohm, 1 watt) in a couple of fans. After that, the brushes finally wear out and at that point you have to throw it away. I've also removed the whole motor assembly and used the frame to mount a 5" square computer fan. Noisier than the Hella and less air, but computer fans are about $5 on the surplus market.
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