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1  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: Warranty question for burned out motor on: January 04, 2015, 11:06:15 PM
Thanks gentlemen, I'll verify whatever I use is plastic safe first. 

The gear lube was kinda "gunky", but I could still turn it with my finger, as I could the motor.  Given the sparks flying when I jumped the motor directly with power, I'm guessing the motor may be the true culprit...

-Jim
2  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: Warranty question for burned out motor on: January 03, 2015, 01:18:14 PM
I have a tube of hobby lithium grease on hand, but after reading the instructions again I see that they recommend dipping a toothpick in a light oil to lube the gears, that sounds good to me.  I cleaned everything with quick dry electric cleaner, seemed to work really well and get into the tiny areas of the gear teeth.  I'm a gearhead too, and swear by Rislone, maybe I'll use that oil since it's pretty thin.  I just want to prep it properly before putting it away for next year.

I also just ordered the new motor too, should be here later next week I'm guessing...that should just drop in w/o any prep work I presume too?   Thanks again!
3  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: Warranty question for burned out motor on: January 03, 2015, 12:29:31 PM
Quick question, since I cleaned out the old gear lube, I was thinking to just put a small amount on my finger tip and smearing a little on the gears - the hobby shop cautioned me not to go overboard and have the same thing happen again.  He indicated that often the factory (China) sometimes overdoes it too.  Would anyone agree?
4  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: Trying to Get My Bachmann N Scale to Work on: January 02, 2015, 09:34:54 PM
Hi Regy,

Same thing happened here, I suspect the engine is burned out as mine would light, but wouldn't move either.  I took off the shell and manually rotated the shaft, the engine turned over, (which is supposed to be a good sign), but sparked and smoked a little when I put the power to it.  A local hobby shop told me the gear lube can harden from sitting, so I cleaned it up before I did anything else.

For my model, a replacement motor is $10.00, worth it in my opinion. 

-Jim
5  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: Warranty question for burned out motor on: January 02, 2015, 09:26:20 PM
Agreed that a new one is the obvious choice, and hopefully the difference in part #'s doesn't mean anything.  The gear lube was likely hardened from sitting for two years (that's my theory anyway).  Sucks that it's about 6 years old, but only used for a few holiday seasons...

I did buy another engine, as this happened right before Christmas (of course), a Micro - wow, what a price difference! I paid $100.00, I hope the quality matches the price!  I will still buy the Bachmann replacement motor to use as a back up though, seems worth it for $10.00 (and whatever tax, shipping, etc. will be). 

The quick feedback is much appreciated everyone, thanks and have a great New Year!

-Jim
6  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Warranty question for burned out motor on: January 02, 2015, 12:03:21 AM
Hello!

I have a GP50 diesel with a burned out motor, it may have been from lube in the gears, so I cleaned it out and was able to turn the shaft in the motor.  When I tested the motor (at half throttle or about 8 volts), it worked, but immediately began sparking and smoking.  I understand per the instructions that came with the engine, that the motor should have a lifetime warranty, I hope this applies?  Any help would be appreciated.
 
If I were to send it back, would I need to send the entire engine, or could I just send the motor?  Also - I see a new motor is only $10.00, but the part # on this site is 9902 vs. the part # in my instructions of 9915.  I do believe it's the same motor from the photo, but curious why the # variance?
  
Thanks in advance, Jim
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