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Old 01-06-2018, 06:24 PM   #1
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Default N gauge loco - Maintenance

Hello,

I'm hoping someone can give me some advice on a G.F. N gauge loco that's been sitting in the cupboard and never run for approx 20 years.
When running on the track it judders and won't run at low speed and is very rough. I assume sitting around for all these years hasn't helped.
I thought that the motor may need a little oil but don't know how to open the body.
There seem to be only two screws on the underside of the chassis (one small and one large down the centre)

Any help is much appreciated
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Default Further info - Split gear

After managing to remove the body and lubricate the motor etc it runs a lot better but still judders.
Reading lots of web information it sounds possibly like a split gear.
http://thefarishshed.com/the-shed/ho...e-split-gears/
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Old 02-06-2018, 07:19 PM   #3
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Have you thoroughly cleaned the wheels including the backs?
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Unlikely to be a gear prob. If not used. I clean wheels regularly as WTD suggests. If you oil it be very very sparing, end of a pin job. If you can see the oil, it’s over oiled,john
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Hi Yelrow,
Thanks for advice, I watched several you tube clips and as you say very little oil on end of paper clip.
I did read that temperature changes can cause the axle to expand and split the gear ?
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Have you thoroughly cleaned the wheels including the backs?
Track and wheels cleaned as best as possible.
I used cotton bud for the wheels, couldn't think of any other way.
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Split gears on GF Locos is a common problem.
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Whilst sitting in a cupboard, Brian, glad I only use ones you supplied. John
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Unfortunately split gears are a common problem on older Farish locos, whether they have been stored in a cupboard or not. Some of mine hav e been fine for years but have only now begun to misbehave, I'll be sending half a dozen to BR Lines for repair.
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If indeed its poor running is due to a split gear, how much does the repair cost and would this problem occur again ?

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