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    Hey Guys,

    New to N scale....I have previously been in G scale, but bailed for a variety of reasons. I got my first new engine yesterday, rather than pre-owned, and I was wondering if you guys have any maintenance tips or process that you follow for brand new engines? Do you like to grease or oil the worm inside, and the gears on the trucks? Any other bits that are good to do for new engines?

    The reason I ask is because my new engine is a little noisier than I thought it would be. So I thought, before running it more, maybe I need to tinker a little bit. Its a Fox Valley ES44 in IAIS...not that the road name has anything to do with it. . Anyway, I did some quick searches and found that it takes a bit of break in time before it will quiet down. So with that in mind, does adding grease/oil actually slow down the break in process?

    Any other tips and tricks would be extremely appreciated.

    Thanks!

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    99.999999% of N scale engines are over-greased from the factory. I know of dozens of stories where removing grease made it work better. I highly doubt you need to add any.

    It could be break in, could be debris in the gears, could be some minor adjustment, could be a bum unit. Hard to say without tearing down and looking, and running for a bit.
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    Welcome to the forum!

    I don't own any FVM locos, so I can be of help there,, but I know a lot of members who when receiving a new loco will tear it down enough to remove the factory grease and give it good cleaning then lightly relube it
    As Zos said, someone will be along shortly with a few good tips for you loco.

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    peruse Mike's videos, he might have something for a tutorial on engine tune-up etc...
    I can't remember his forum name otherwise I would tag him...

    https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCEE...69No14qZLfWb5g
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    Quote Originally Posted by zosimas View Post
    peruse Mike's videos, he might have something for a tutorial on engine tune-up etc...
    I can't remember his forum name otherwise I would tag him...

    https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCEE...69No14qZLfWb5g
    I'm interested in the same info, so I looked and found Mike's video:


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    Excellent , I will check out the vids! Thanks!

    I just got another FVM today, a SSW GP60, and it has the same kind of noise. Not terrible, just more than I expected. I’ll let it break in a bit before crying too hard.

    So what do you guys like to use to clean off the old grease? This is, of course, before I watched the linked vid, so all my questions may be answered. Lol.

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