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Old 02-03-2020, 06:53 PM   #1
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First time restorer here, I have just finished rebuilding the heater box (new heater core, temp. control valve, cables) and now I need to replace the blower motor. How do you remove the squirrel cage from the blower motor?
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There is a special press on clip that fits down over the shaft. You have to be very careful to remove it, It is not reproduced. Take a small flat blade screw driver to lift one edge and gently pry up on it to get it off the shaft. Next put plenty of penetration oil down the shaft to bushing location. The bushing is potmetal and it is bradded to the steel blower cage. Do not heat it it will melt. After it has soaked hold the cage between 2 pcs of wood and tap down on the shaft. Don't be too aggressive or you will mushroom the shaft and you will never get the cage off.

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Very good advice from Mikey (as usual)

Also, see this past thread: https://www.trifive.com/forums/showthread.php?t=85583

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There is a special press on clip that fits down over the shaft. You have to be very careful to remove it, It is not reproduced. Take a small flat blade screw driver to lift one edge and gently pry up on it to get it off the shaft. Next put plenty of penetration oil down the shaft to bushing location. The bushing is potmetal and it is bradded to the steel blower cage. Do not heat it it will melt. After it has soaked hold the cage between 2 pcs of wood and tap down on the shaft. Don't be too aggressive or you will mushroom the shaft and you will never get the cage off.

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X2 on being very careful. I ruined my clip and squirrel cage despite my best efforts to be careful.
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