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Thread: How to remove the Singer 301 motor?

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    How to remove the Singer 301 motor?

    I looked in both the top and the bottom and have searched the internet for information and haven't found info on removing it.

    Someone must have done this here. Is it similar to the 15-91 where I have to go in from the hand wheel and remove the worm?

    Also the felt pad on the bottom is pretty nasty. Can I make a new one?
    Christy

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    VELY EASY.
    Look under the machine once you get that nasty thing with the felt pad off. There is a black bracket next to the motor. It as a screw in it. Take out the screw. Pull off that bracket. Then reach in and unplug the wires. You will want to keep track of what way they go back. Then you will turn the machine right side up and the motor will fall out. Well not always. Some times you have to open up the top of the machine and then put an old wooden spool on the top of the motor and hit it a couple taps with a sledge hammer. Well a smaller one would do much less damage... But since I'm known for the sledge hammer I thought I would mention it... Some times you have to turn the hand wheel as you tap so it goes out. You can pull the hand wheel if you are more comfortable. To get it back in. Drop the motor in and turn the hand wheel so it engages. Then put the wires back. Then put the black bracket back.
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    You rock! Thank you for the answer. I am in the shop finishing the first round clean-up and then pulling that motor! Well, I should feed the dogs first. Then, pull that motor. I love hearing "VELY EASY"!
    Christy

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    Thank goodness you told me about the spool and the hammer..it was needed. This machine will need the power and foot controller wires replaced. The motor is looking good so far. I am wondering about the wires inside that connect to the terminal and cord plug in. The ends of the terminal are oily. I am guessing map it, take it all out and replace it?
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    Nah just wipe it down good and see if any smoke comes out of it - if it does smoke run it a while until it quits smoking.
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    I'm crossing my fingers Miriam. I have "gooey wiring" in the cords. The small 2 prong part where you plug the foot controller in is a small piece of fiberboard attached to the back with permanent grommets and no matter how many times I wiped it off I see oil seeping out of it. What should I do?

    I seem to have gotton so many machines that have gooey wiring and oil everywhere. Is this normal? Am I worried about nothing? Is there a simple fix? I'm starting to think it's me or I am missing something.
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    I've never had the luck getting a motor to drop out. I've always needed to "coax" it too.

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    Wow I've never seen one like that. They must have had Wilbur over to oil it. I'm sure he is capable of putting oil in any old hole he sees but he IS still only 4.
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    I have worked on 3 machines back to back and all three have been horribly over-oiled and they all came from different homes. One even from another town so it doesn't seem to be related.

    I was torn on what to do. Oil all over the wires is bad and will deteriorate the insulation. I'm not sure what it does with the connections but it can't be good. The motor cleaner I have claims it dissolves dirt, grease, OIL, and wax. It's made especially for electric motors. I have used it pretty aggressively on other motors and so far haven't killed one yet. Since the connection box has the same materials in it that the motor has, I sprayed it all over and inside too. Heavily. Twice. Then I left it to dry overnight. Today I will see if it still oozes oil, or if it even works anymore. Yikes! I hope I haven't ruined it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by miriam View Post
    VELY EASY.
    Look under the machine once you get that nasty thing with the felt pad off. There is a black bracket next to the motor. It as a screw in it. Take out the screw. Pull off that bracket. Then reach in and unplug the wires. You will want to keep track of what way they go back. Then you will turn the machine right side up and the motor will fall out. Well not always. Some times you have to open up the top of the machine and then put an old wooden spool on the top of the motor and hit it a couple taps with a sledge hammer. Well a smaller one would do much less damage... But since I'm known for the sledge hammer I thought I would mention it... Some times you have to turn the hand wheel as you tap so it goes out. You can pull the hand wheel if you are more comfortable. To get it back in. Drop the motor in and turn the hand wheel so it engages. Then put the wires back. Then put the black bracket back.
    somehow I suspected a sledge hammer would be involved!!
    Jim

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