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My hella turbo fan's are no longer working. Power to them is fine. If I place my finger on the center rear hub of the fan it spins, but when I take it off it stops. Anyone ever seen this with these fans and have an idea for how to fix?

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I don't have a solution for you, but one of my most used fans is starting to behave similarly. I'm going to try taking the whole thing apart and cleaning everything I can reach.
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Perhaps the contacts in the hub are coroded and extra pressure closes the switch
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every so oftne you need to lube the fan and tighten the hold down nut. pry off the rear cover on the blade and you will see the nut. It's a 6mm I think.

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every so oftne you need to lube the fan and tighten the hold down nut. pry off the rear cover on the blade and you will see the nut. It's a 6mm I think.
Swell. I just had them all down to clean all the dust off, but I didn't open them up. This time I'll take them up to the cockpit and do the work with a sundowner.

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I removed the on off knob on my hella fan (the cheaper one... not the turbo). The fan was running intermittenly. It looked like the contact might not have been making contact because the plastic was worn... so i tried pressing it down with my finger and it ran fine... until it exploded in my face. Actually my hand shielded my face so only my ears suffered. Since then i have bought two new fans but i still want to fix the old one and put it in the head. The part that exploded was a small cylinder made of plastic and paper and could easily be soldered in.
Wear safety glasses if your gonna do what i did.
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From what I am reading, I have to ask the question. Are these fans worth the money ? You can get a dc fan at a auto parts store for 1/4 the price.

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Freesail, I bought three Caframo fans about four years ago and am completely satisfied. You'd be surprised at the amount of air they move. Draw around an 1/2 amp. on low and 1 amp. on high. I Mounted one on the bulkhead in the V-birth. The remaining two I removed the suction base and mounted them to teak wench pads then applied nonskid to the bottom so as you can move them where needed galley,cockpit ext. West wants around $40.00 but believe it or not I found them in Home Depot in the lighting section for $19 and change. Those auto fans are way noisy, the grills rust ext.


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