Replacement Fan?

Discussion in 'TiVo Help Center' started by moonchilddave, Nov 25, 2011.

  1. moonchilddave

    moonchilddave New Member

    May 19, 2008


    I have a SA TiVo Series 2 (TCD24008A) that the fan is shot in (noisy). I tried hitting the fan with some 100% silicon spray which helped some, but I assume the bearings are shot as it's still quite noisy. It's not the HD as I just put a new one in it, and this thing is making way too much noise for just the HD.

    So, can anyone recommend a replacement fan that fits without modification? Preferably from Newegg?
  2. ThAbtO

    ThAbtO TiVoholic by the bay TCF Club

    Apr 6, 2000
    SF Bay Area
    It should be a 70mm x 70mm x 25mm, either a 2 or 3 wire connector would work, just use the red and black, ignoring the extra wire.
  3. unitron

    unitron Well-Known Member

    Apr 28, 2006
    semi-coastal NC
    There's another thread around here somewhere where replacement fans were discussed recently and various models recommended or not.

    (it's usually best to search this site first for the info you need, and only then post a new thread if necessary, but don't hesitate to do so if search doesn't get you what you need)

    Here's something to try.

    Take the fan out, taking note of which way it's turned. The side that faces the outside of the TiVo, the side that air flows out of, will have a round sticker. Lift one side of that, and if necessary remove a rubber plug, so that you can see the "axle" of the blade assembly sticking up through the bearing.

    If there's a bunch of crud in there, clean it out first, maybe using some denatured alcohol, toothpicks, paper toweling, cotton swabs, et cetera.

    Put a couple of drops of light oil, like sewing machine oil, 3-in-1, fishing reel oil, slot car oil, et cetera

    Marvell Mystery Oil might be a touch too thick.

    Then pack some light grease into the cavity, fishing reel grease, ignition lube, something like that.

    Then a little more oil, another dab of grease, and hold your thumb over the hole to force the mixture in between the axle and the bearing while turning the blades, then re-insert rubber plug, wipe off any leakage and stick the sticker back down and re-install the fan and see if you still think you need a new one.

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