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Old 05-01-2009, 01:52 PM   #1
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Stuck between a rock and a bathroom vent

Does anybody know how to remove the motor from the bathroom fan in the photo below? I can't seem to get it to budge. It is firmly anchored in place and is only attached on the top of the motor. It doesn't seem to be attached with screws that I can see and it doesn't seem to screw into the bracket. I ordered a new motor from an Airstream dealer and the motor is all I got...no mounting instructions! There are no threads on the new motor around the drive shaft for it to screw into the mounting bracket.
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Old 05-01-2009, 02:01 PM   #2
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If the shaft on the old motor does not have threads or a set screw the fan blade may be pressed on. Does the new motor have groves cut into the shaft parallel to the shaft? If so it is a press on fit. Odds are of you try to remove the fan blade that has been pressed on you will brake the blade. May have to order a blade also.

I would call the Mother Ship and ask how the blade is attached to the shaft.
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Do you have a picture of the replacement motor? Maybe something that shows the shaft as well as where it mounts to that bracket. Maybe I could help figure it out from that. Not sure, but I'll be happy to give it a shot.

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Does anybody know how to remove the motor from the bathroom fan in the photo below? I can't seem to get it to budge. It is firmly anchored in place and is only attached on the top of the motor. It doesn't seem to be attached with screws that I can see and it doesn't seem to screw into the bracket. I ordered a new motor from an Airstream dealer and the motor is all I got...no mounting instructions! There are no threads on the new motor around the drive shaft for it to screw into the mounting bracket.
Easy solution.

1. Remove the round cover on top.
2. Remove the fan blade.Be careful.
3. Walla, 2 small screws hold the small motor to the bracket.

Got to have a ladder and a Phillips screwdriver.

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If you still have trouble with it and want to replace the whole unit it is available from from J.C Whitney for $57.
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Does anybody know how to remove the motor from the bathroom fan in the photo below? I can't seem to get it to budge. It is firmly anchored in place and is only attached on the top of the motor. It doesn't seem to be attached with screws that I can see and it doesn't seem to screw into the bracket. I ordered a new motor from an Airstream dealer and the motor is all I got...no mounting instructions! There are no threads on the new motor around the drive shaft for it to screw into the mounting bracket.
Minnie's Mate... Attached is a file containing the installation instructions and parts breakdown for the VentLine Vanair vent (1-888-255-4107). Hope it helps.
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Thanks everyone. I was trying to remove the motor from below. The motor shaft is the grooved kind so I will have to be careful removing the fan blade. We are going camping in two weeks and my wife wants the fan to remove excess moisture from the bathroom when we shower. Pretty much she has laid down an edict that it has to work by then. Wish me luck.

BTW, what type of sealant do I use to re-seal the vent cap when I re-install?
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Thanks everyone. I was trying to remove the motor from below. The motor shaft is the grooved kind so I will have to be careful removing the fan blade. We are going camping in two weeks and my wife wants the fan to remove excess moisture from the bathroom when we shower. Pretty much she has laid down an edict that it has to work by then. Wish me luck.

BTW, what type of sealant do I use to re-seal the vent cap when I re-install?
Vulkem sealer.

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Thanks Andy. I thought that was right, but I also remember reading something about sikoflex (Sp) and got confused.
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Thanks Andy. I thought that was right, but I also remember reading something about sikoflex (Sp) and got confused.
Sikoflex is ok too, but it cures out quickly, which is ok, just don't use it for sheetmetal work and those kind of things.

With metal work, it sets up before your done with the work. Not good.

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Thanks everyone. I was trying to remove the motor from below. The motor shaft is the grooved kind so I will have to be careful removing the fan blade. We are going camping in two weeks and my wife wants the fan to remove excess moisture from the bathroom when we shower. Pretty much she has laid down an edict that it has to work by then. Wish me luck.

BTW, what type of sealant do I use to re-seal the vent cap when I re-install?
Minnie's Mate....I recently changed out the foam gasket on the vent's bronze plastic cover in our bathroom and was able to remove the bronze plastic cover off without having to remove the cover screws or the existing sealant on the screws. If you have access to the sides of the white plastic handel inside the trailer you can remove the two screws holding the handel to the two metal slides and pull the bronze plastic cover straight up out of the fan assembly. I wasn't able to do it on the shower vent, as the screws are not accessable due to the increased space between the roof and the shower insert.
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Thanks 2dabeach, I give that a try. I had several priority yard projects Saturday and there was heavy prediction of rain (we wound up with severe thunderstorms) Sunday afternoon and I have Boy Scouts tonight and Cub Scouts tomorrow and rain predicted right up through Saturday, so it looks like Sunday will be the next opportunity to give this a try. I'll be prepared to remove the vent cover just in case, but if I don't have to deal with re-sealing the vent it would make me a lot more confident in the water tightness of the vent.
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