cleaning of engine motor

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  1. lawnboy

    lawnboy New Member

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    I just picked up a linoel 520 and it seems very dirty and needs to be cleaned up the motor turns very heavy, can you soak the motor in a solution or would I have to take it apart to clean,?
  2. 46rob

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    I would dissassemble and clean it.

    Soaking it in a solution might damage the insulation on the coils, may not clean all the gunk out, and destroy any lubrication. Lots of times, the main culprit in Lionel, AF, Marx, and other 'toy' train loco's is carpet fiber, pet hair and household dust. All the soaking in the world won't get that stuff out.

    If you disassemble, you can check the condition of bearing surfaces, brushes and wiring, too.