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Old 07-29-2012, 10:50 AM
 
Location: Anthem, AZ
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I feared this might happen. After not using my lift for several months in favor of using my trailer, one of my lift motors is freezing up. I greased them regularly so that shouldn't be an issue. There's power and if I give the belt wheel a push, it starts running normal. I made it go both up and down but after stopping, it won't start again. Any thoughts?
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Old 07-29-2012, 11:21 AM
 
Location: Port Charlotte
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I feared this might happen. After not using my lift for several months in favor of using my trailer, one of my lift motors is freezing up. I greased them regularly so that shouldn't be an issue. There's power and if I give the belt wheel a push, it starts running normal. I made it go both up and down but after stopping, it won't start again. Any thoughts?
There is usually a startup capacitor in the motor, Could be the problem, it is a rectangular looking thing bolted to it
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Old 07-29-2012, 04:23 PM
 
Location: Florida
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I feared this might happen. After not using my lift for several months in favor of using my trailer, one of my lift motors is freezing up. I greased them regularly so that shouldn't be an issue. There's power and if I give the belt wheel a push, it starts running normal. I made it go both up and down but after stopping, it won't start again. Any thoughts?
Common problem....there is a contact switch inside the motor that gets filled with mud from the wasps. You can take the back of the motor off (whole back, not just the wiring plate) and clean it out without removing the motor. You might need to tap with a hammer to separate the motor back.

I have been told (but did not verify) that if the capacitor goes bad on these the motor will not run at all, even with spinning the pulley. You can swap capacitors from one motor to the other and see if the problem moves, but I doubt that's it.
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Old 07-29-2012, 05:38 PM
 
Location: Sunny FLA
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+++1 there is a contact switch inside the motor that gets filled with mud from the wasps

Had the same problem. Wasp nests in the contact area. Pulled motor off (I hope it's on the inboard side!), pulled apart and lots!!! of Mud wasp nests. Had to spin the pully to get it to go either direction until the contacts were cleaned of the 'mud'. I know your pain! I too thought it was the capaciter.
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Old 07-29-2012, 05:55 PM
 
Location: Anthem, AZ
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Thanks gang...I will investigate that. And yes, FrogMan...it's the shore side. But if it wasn't, that's why I built the floating maintenance barge.
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Old 07-29-2012, 06:40 PM
 
Location: Port Charlotte
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I had thT problem with a motor on one of my davits. I took the motor to johns electric repair behind circle k in whidden industrial park off harborview.
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Old 07-29-2012, 07:33 PM
 
Location: Port Charlotte, FL - Pasadena, People's Republic of Maryland
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Had the same issue with my lift motor in Maryland. I literally rinsed the motor out with the garden hose (elec. was off at the circuit panel, of course) and then sprayed it down with WD-40. That was several years ago and I haven't had a problem with it since.
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Old 07-29-2012, 07:39 PM
 
Location: Florida
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Had the same issue with my lift motor in Maryland. I literally rinsed the motor out with the garden hose (elec. was off at the circuit panel, of course) and then sprayed it down with WD-40. That was several years ago and I haven't had a problem with it since.
We tried that first too, no luck. Worth a shot though!
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Old 08-01-2012, 09:01 AM
 
Location: Anthem, AZ
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The hornets nests were the culprits. I didn't even have to pull the motor cover off. I shut the breaker down and used a long thin screwdriver, through the vents, to break the nests apart and sweep most of the dried mud out. After one little push start on the big wheel, the motor kicked in and worked fine. I went up and down several times, with brief breaks to ensure it wouldn't freeze again. Looks like another case solved by the City Data forum.

Thanks all.
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Old 08-01-2012, 01:04 PM
 
Location: Port Charlotte
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The hornets nests were the culprits. I didn't even have to pull the motor cover off. I shut the breaker down and used a long thin screwdriver, through the vents, to break the nests apart and sweep most of the dried mud out. After one little push start on the big wheel, the motor kicked in and worked fine. I went up and down several times, with brief breaks to ensure it wouldn't freeze again. Looks like another case solved by the City Data forum.

Thanks all.
Good job, something to keep in mind and be aware of
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