Where do you drop oil in a Roamio fan?

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  1. magicbobNJ

    magicbobNJ New Member

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    Hi - I have been dealing with a noisy fan in my Roamio OTA, for a couple of years. I do see a slotted area that repeats in the fan casing.

    I do not want to remove or replace the fan.

    Did you drop the oil in one of those slots that surround the fan? Or one specific slot or other place?

    I'm not clear if it could be any of them, or I'm looking at the wrong place.

    Can anyone help by clarifying or sending a pic? Did this fix continue to keep your fan quiet?

    I have already dried canned air many times, and cotton swabs for cleaning, but the noise continues.

    Thank you so much!
     
  2. ThAbtO

    ThAbtO TiVoholic by the bay TCF Club

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    Usually there is a plug type of cover under the label.
     
  3. magicbobNJ

    magicbobNJ New Member

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    I had already looked and don't see this or even a label that could be removed. The text is printed on plastic that is part of the casing
     
  4. ThAbtO

    ThAbtO TiVoholic by the bay TCF Club

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    I see on Amazon, search "Roamio fan" and most of them have a label.
     
  5. magicbobNJ

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    I do not want to remove or replace the fan. Just oil it to see if that quiets it.
    Anyway, mine doesn't have a removeable label. Already tried to do that.
     
  6. brobin

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    You could try a shot of silicone oil in the slots but I've never had any luck oiling computer fans and at best any improvement would be temporary. The needle bearing inside is only good for so long and when it's shot it gets noisy which it means that it's ready to fail completely. No fan means higher internal temperatures which will shorten the life of the processor or cause other strange problems. I don't know why you're hesitant to replace the fan but that's the best solution. You can buy 5 fans for 10 bucks on Amazon so it's not a cost issue and the job itself is very easy.
     
  7. Kingboo2314

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    Do not try to open a fan. Get a new one.
     
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  9. magicbobNJ

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    Thanks. Someone mentioned they used hair clipper oil, which I have. Is that silicone or a proper oil for this fan?
    I did watch the video to replace the fan, and my concern is having a major issue I didn't have before just by disassembling and reassembling the interior of my the Roamio.
     
  10. MrDell

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    Hair Clipper oil is not a silicone but hair clipper oil is what I used when my premiere acted up years ago and it did the trick. I think any light oil should be fine... I was told not to use anything like WD40.
     
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  11. magicbobNJ

    magicbobNJ New Member

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    Where specifically do you apply it? Only one drop total? How many years since you applied it is or was it still quiet?
     
  12. just4tivo

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    At the RPMs a cooling fan runs in electronics by the time you hear the fan it has gone beyond "a drop of oil" let alone a couple of years.

    A Roamio OTA is a piece of cake to open with a little care and replacing the fan is EZ.
    Just buy the WeaKnees fan kit off Amazon. Comes with the tools and they have a great video on how to do it.
     
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  13. dianebrat

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    As mentioned by multiple people (included the post I quote), you're past a drop of oil, the repair you want to do is a fan replacement, it's the same amount of work getting to the fan to oil it would be.
     
  14. MrDell

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    I only used one or two drops... under a label if I remember correctly.... I think that this may help short term but as others have mentioned it’s really not a big deal to change out to a new fan and it probably has to be done at some point down the road..... good luck
     

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