Help with 401 motor

Old 10-21-2019, 01:40 PM
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Just got a beautiful 401a at a thrift for $15.00! Am anxious to try it out after cleaning, greasing and oiling. My question is: are there grease wicks for the motor somewhere or a quick way to lube it up? I'm savvy about the rest of the machine as far as greasing gears, etc. But have little knowledge of motor maintenance - except for the external motors with wicks. Thank you so much in advance!
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Old 10-21-2019, 02:02 PM
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According to the manual, the motor requires no lubricant (page 89).

https://ismacs.net/singer_sewing_mac...ng-machine.pdf

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Old 10-21-2019, 02:34 PM
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Thank you bk! It never occurred to me to look up a manual!
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They can be a life saver when working with old machines. Most of the old ones are very detailed on how the machines are operated and maintained.
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There is a good thread about the 401 at https://www.quiltingboard.com/vintag...a-t271809.html

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The 401 motor comes out easy. There is a bearing on the shaft that needs an
occasional drop of oil. That bearing can lock up the motor if it dries out.
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