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Troubleshooting Hella Turbo 12V Fan

Anyone know how to troubleshoot a non-functioning Hella Turbo 12V fan? We are new sailboat owners and one of the fans in our boat is completely unresponsive when turned on. Ideas for what the problem may be? Thanks!

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Troubleshooting Hella Turbo 12V Fan

Is it hard wired or plug in?
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Re: Troubleshooting Hella Turbo 12V Fan

Yeah...you order a new one! $70 part just isn't worth your time to resolve beyond plugging it in and seeing "does it work?" They're all made in china disposable parts now anyway.
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Re: Troubleshooting Hella Turbo 12V Fan

It's hard wired.
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Re: Troubleshooting Hella Turbo 12V Fan

The bonus of replacing, as nightowl suggests, is that there are some nice, quiet, low-amp fans out there these days. I like the Caframo Bora 3-speed.

If you do want to troubleshoot, the first step would be to use a multimeter to see if the fan is getting power.
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Re: Troubleshooting Hella Turbo 12V Fan

Look for small breaks in the wire. The wire is small, fragile and non tinned. You can gently pull the fan blade assembly off and rewire with some decent marine grade wire.
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Re: Troubleshooting Hella Turbo 12V Fan

Thanks everyone. Good calls on the multimeter and wire checking. We'll do that and see where it leads. nightOwl, good point too, if the initial checking doesn't lead to anything obvious I'm guessing we'll be replacing!
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Re: Troubleshooting Hella Turbo 12V Fan

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Thanks everyone. Good calls on the multimeter and wire checking. We'll do that and see where it leads. nightOwl, good point too, if the initial checking doesn't lead to anything obvious I'm guessing we'll be replacing!
Good plan. I'm always amazed by how much time sailors will spend on fixing small things like fans, pumps, gizmos, or other "consumable" items. The time spent fixing the little stuff is extensive...and often comes at the expense of the BIG stuff that sailors avoid (like re-bedding hardware, tracing leaks, fixing soft wood or metal corrosion).

My rule of thumb is that if a replacement part is under $200...its just not worth the time to fix it. Replace it and keep the old one for parts if you really want to.

Focus on the big stuff, replace the small stuff.
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Re: Troubleshooting Hella Turbo 12V Fan

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Good plan. I'm always amazed by how much time sailors will spend on fixing small things like fans, pumps, gizmos, or other "consumable" items. The time spent fixing the little stuff is extensive...and often comes at the expense of the BIG stuff that sailors avoid (like re-bedding hardware, tracing leaks, fixing soft wood or metal corrosion).

My rule of thumb is that if a replacement part is under $200...its just not worth the time to fix it. Replace it and keep the old one for parts if you really want to.

Focus on the big stuff, replace the small stuff.
I agree here, to a point. If the fan is not working and you are hot, then go ahead and replace it. But if you like to fiddle with stuff, then save the old one and on a rainy day you can put it on the navdesk and solder in new wiring. Then you have a backup, but certainly don't waste time that could be spent sailing or doing more pressing maintenance. But in my mind it is better than watching an episode of House Wives of New Jersey Shore Tramps or what ever crap is on TV.
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Re: Troubleshooting Hella Turbo 12V Fan

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Good plan. I'm always amazed by how much time sailors will spend on fixing small things like fans, pumps, gizmos, or other "consumable" items. The time spent fixing the little stuff is extensive...and often comes at the expense of the BIG stuff that sailors avoid (like re-bedding hardware, tracing leaks, fixing soft wood or metal corrosion).

My rule of thumb is that if a replacement part is under $200...its just not worth the time to fix it. Replace it and keep the old one for parts if you really want to.

Focus on the big stuff, replace the small stuff.
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
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