Electronics, Lighting, & Gadgets - Sanyo Light Generator Dead?
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04-17-12, 03:42 PM
I'm hoping that you guys will be able to help me out. I have a Sanyo generator that goes in front of the rear wheel and it hasn't been used in a few years. I put it on the bike and noticed that it worked great for about 100ft then a high pitched screeching noise almost like a metal on metal grinding started. When that noise came on the light would shut off. Im guessing something in there is sticking but I'm wondering if I can possibly put some grease or some sort of lubrication in there to fix it?
The part in question
04-17-12, 05:20 PM
Might be easier just to replace it. It's $44 plus S&H from Peter White Cycles http://www.peterwhitecycles.com/sanyo.asp
04-17-12, 05:40 PM
True, however I hardly ride at night and already have some battery operated lights I carry with me once in awhile. I wasn't sure if this would be bright enough or how I would even like it. Just was gonna give it a try but I guess not anymore.
04-18-12, 03:16 PM
I figured it was probably just in need of some lube so I had some electrical cleaner and lubricant and figured that would be safest to try. So I sprayed some in there and rolled it a bit sprayed some more and then tested it. WORKS LIKE IT IS BRAND NEW!!! So we will see how long that lasts and I hope it is a long time. Thanks for the help and if anyone has similar problems in the future hope this thread will help.
How do you like the dynamo? I haven't really seen any reviews of this dynamo type. I am thinking about getting rid of my battery lights and using one of these.
04-27-12, 04:33 AM
i have that gen and like it. road it through 3 feet of water during the last hurricane we had here and it worked great thought i would miss my kick stand. i now use the wedged cork in the brake handle i saw on bike hacks.
... it worked great for about 100ft then a high pitched screeching noise almost like a metal on metal grinding started.
That sounds very familiar.
Any further update, after the lube job?
I would also like to know how the tuner cleaner worked out for the OP. I've been trying out an NH-T6 I used many years ago. It took about 10 miles for the screeching to start. I lubed with RZ-50 dry lubricant spray and that was good for about 4 miles, though I might not have got much in. Now I'm trying 3-in-1 oil. I didn't have this problem with the generator when I originally used it, so I assume that whatever lubricant was in it 30 years ago is gone now. Probably best to oil these things BEFORE putting them back into service.
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