Pro 5-in-1 vane stopped turning freely

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Wind direction vane turned easily when first installed, but now requires appreciable force to turn (more than wind applies).   The vane hangs down well clear of the body, with some shaft exposed.  As suggested in other discussions, applying force vertically does pop shaft up or back down, but rotation is no easier in either position.  Turning vane by hand many times loosens it slightly, but not enough to respond to wind.  I tried calling 877-221-1252 for warranty replacement (purchased May 15, 2017 as part of 01106M station), but a voice message reported system outage..??
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Steven Carmichael

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Posted 4 months ago

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Francois Salva

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Did you try to spray carefully W-40 at both ends of shaft?
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Tom Brannon

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I had the same problem with mine shortly (about 6 months) after I installed it.  I had an old bottle of speedometer cable lube (graphite based) so I put a couple drops of it on the pivot shaft of the wind vane and the anemometer shaft.  I now do it when I change the batteries.  Seems to have fixed issues with speed and direction.
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WD-40 is good for freeing things, but has little to no residual lubricatin qualities. Find a place that sells or services sewing machines. You can pick up a can of sewing machine oil there. It is one of the thinnest resilient lubricators on the market. I've used it for years for small hobby motors and, my 5in1.
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Steven Carmichael

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Thanks for replies.  Francois, looking at the exploded diagram, I had assumed that accessing the internal end of the vane shaft might be destructive.  Tom, I have graphite oil, but was unable to remove the vane, had not tried to remove anemometer cups and was reluctant to void the warranty...
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Hello Steven,
I can see you have been in contact with the AcuRite Support Team regarding this issue. Please let us know if you have any other questions. Thank you.
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Steven Carmichael

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Hi Rachell -
Yes, Jennifer emailed me, eventually suggesting WD-40, which almost immediately freed the vane, but spinning that vane generated sounds and vibrations symptomatic of a bad bearing race.  After emailing her video evidence, Jennifer initiated a warranty replacement, which arrived today, along with an Access that I had ordered, which fired up immediately without issues.  Thanks for following up!