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- From: Rolesville, NC
Posted by ChiefEagles
on Friday, December 30, 2005 8:58 PM
An add for Kalmbach [the forum owners]. Get *** Teal's new book on Repair and Maintenance of Modern Toy Trains. Will answer a lot of questions. Worth the $$. Ther is a web site that tells most of this. Some from out own experimenting. *** Teal found this: Most Lionel smoke units are suppose to have their fan turning clockwise. Shell off. Take top off of smoke unit. Turn on voltage [with smoke on]. Fan should turn clockwise. If it does not, the red and black wires from the motor need to be reversed. Unplug plastic connector where red and black wires are coming from motor to the unit] Take a pin and pry out the small pin from the white plastic holder for the red wire and the black wire. Reverse the holes they were in the plastic holder. You can also unsolder and resolder the wires [black where red was and red where black was] but this can be tricky.
If fan motor is turning correctly, remove top of unit [4 screws]. Save gasket. Take an exacto knife or sharp knife and cut the cloth looking cover from element without damaging the fine wires on the element [element will be "hanging" down from the top printed board]. I replace the wicking with pink insulation [yes that used in your house]. Soak it with fluid. Be sure the air passage from the fan chamber to the fluid/wick chamber is not blocked by wicking. Put top back on making sure the now bare element is touching the wicking. Remember the gasket goes between the unit and the printed board. Shell back on. Fire her up. She will take more fluid as it will burn it up faster. Good luck.