Welcome to PhantomPilots.com

Sign up for a weekly email of the latest drone news & information

Replace motors or bearings

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by Meluk, Aug 4, 2013.

  1. Meluk

    Joined:
    Jun 15, 2013
    Messages:
    190
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    Manchester
    Hey all,

    Well it sounds like I have 2 motors with worn out bearings. I get the what seems not so rare grinding sound when rotating the front 2 motors. I was going to just leave them and keep monitoring them and when/if they get worse then replace them. However I am getting some bad sounding 'vibrating' noise when my phantom is descending so I am guessing this is due to the 2 motors.

    Whats everyones views on replacing the bearings/motors? Have read several people struggling to get the current bearings out so this makes me want to just replace the whole motor. Plus I would feel more happy to have a brand new motor instead of just trying to fix the current ones.

    If I do replace the 2 motors, I obviously need to look in to replacement options. I fancy getting some higher quality ones as I get a awful vibration when flying in Alti mode: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KoXivRlmW5w
    However, I don't really fancy spending £100 on 4 motors (as I wouldn't want to have 2 upgraded and 2 original motors) when I can just spend around £40 on replacing the front 2 with genuine Phantom replacements.

    Am interested to hear everyones views :)
    Thanks in advance!
     
  2. Audaciter

    Joined:
    Mar 18, 2013
    Messages:
    724
    Likes Received:
    2
    Location:
    Sunnyvale, California, USA
    I would just replace the bearings, thrust washers, and e-clips for all 4 motors. It is a simple job, requires no soldering,
    or special tools, or skills.

    There should be no nightmare scenario getting the bearings out, provided you do it evenly. Don't skimp, and reuse the
    existing thrust washers, and e-clips either. You may as well be prepared to do it the right way.
     
  3. boat chaser

    Joined:
    Jul 2, 2013
    Messages:
    223
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    Fremantle, Western Australia
    I just put in t-motor 2214 with a butt splice crimp. No soldering needed, a little bit more expensive. I did not want to solder due to the esc's being a bit sensitive to heat.
     
  4. hoounddog

    Joined:
    Jul 15, 2013
    Messages:
    22
    Likes Received:
    0
  5. jumanoc

    Joined:
    Jan 21, 2013
    Messages:
    700
    Likes Received:
    8
    I reached 150+ flights with stock motors. Around flight. #105 I replaced bearings for 2 motors. Now the 4 are still working great. But i bought 4 T-motors Withe Antigravity, just in case I have to replace. (Hope not soon) :p
     
  6. Meluk

    Joined:
    Jun 15, 2013
    Messages:
    190
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    Manchester
    I would say I have done well over 150 flights as well so it sounds the norm for bearings to go. I will look into changing the bearings and might just give that a go first. I suppose I can always balance the stock motors as well to help with any vibrations.

    Where does everyone get their bearings from for the phantom? Pref uk dealer.
     
  7. jumanoc

    Joined:
    Jan 21, 2013
    Messages:
    700
    Likes Received:
    8
    I use this KIT, check around if you can get in UK. They are great and not standar chinese:

    http://www.ebay.com/itm/DJI-Phantom...pt=Radio_Control_Vehicles&hash=item3cd4323378

    [​IMG]
     
  8. Meluk

    Joined:
    Jun 15, 2013
    Messages:
    190
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    Manchester
    $40! wow, they cost a bit don't they. Nothing similar from Ebay UK but will keep looking around.
     
  9. jumanoc

    Joined:
    Jan 21, 2013
    Messages:
    700
    Likes Received:
    8
    Yes, not cheapy but i tought when had my bad motor: better US$40 for bearings than US120 for 4 stock motors.
     
  10. Meluk

    Joined:
    Jun 15, 2013
    Messages:
    190
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    Manchester
    Yeah I suppose. As long as the rest of the motor is perfectly fine for several more hundred odd flights?


    Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
     
  11. Audaciter

    Joined:
    Mar 18, 2013
    Messages:
    724
    Likes Received:
    2
    Location:
    Sunnyvale, California, USA
    That is not a bad price for a ceramic bearing kit, and it already includes the nice thrust washer, and beefier e-clip.
     
  12. weven

    Joined:
    May 18, 2013
    Messages:
    35
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    Gold Coast Australia
    Just a warning, when replacing the trust washers with your new bearings.
    I had to sand down two thrust washers because they were too tight to get the e clips easily into the slot. This is a quality control issue as I noticed the originals had different thickens small brass washers. So I had one fly apart because I had not seated the e clip properly, luckily only three metres up when I gave it full power. I have had two bearing get noisy after about 4 hours, one has been replaced the other will soon follow. I bought them from the States but will not name the supplier yet as I have asked for replacements. They failed with fewer hours than the originals. Warned!!

    Steve :!: :!:
     
  13. Meluk

    Joined:
    Jun 15, 2013
    Messages:
    190
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    Manchester
    Makes me want to get 2 new motors instead


    Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk