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    Got a little squeak in the motor

    I was out ripping around in some dusty gravel and now there's a small squeak in the motor. I only here it when I go forward. I realize I probably just have to spray it out with electric motor cleaner and oil the bushings. My problem is, I don't have a hobby store anywhere near me and I was wondering if there are any brands of motor cleaner out there that I could just pick up at say Home Depot that won't hurt anything?

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    You can use motor cleaner to clean out a brushed motor, but another more environmentally friendly and perhaps easier way is to run it in purified or distilled water, until no more dust/grime comes out of it. It does wear out the brushes a bit faster though.

    I made the mistake of picking a random WD-40 degreaser, and it did not evaporate after I sprayed inside the motor, so that motor died pretty fast.

    Here is a video that I have found helpful: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JjSwWKyLMpU
    I'm pretty sure he is using a Lectra Clean Heavy Duty Electrical Parts Degreaser to clean the motor, and 3 in 1 oil to oil the bushings (I use high-speed bearing oil since it offers a bit more efficiency in the motor).
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    Also, you could try blowing it out with compressed air and see if the squeak goes away. Most of the times, it is caused by dust getting between the moving parts.
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    EXCELLENT! Thanks.

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