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Location: East Kingston, NH USA
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Picked up some graphite, but I'm waiting to open the PJ back up again due to some partially good news:
There are 3 fans in the projector. They look identical at first glance but one of them has a sealed bearing and the other two have a non-sealed bearing (the sealed bearing fan is the one right next to the bulb that pumps out the majority of heat and dust). I finally got a hold of Marantz Support and they had one of the sealed bearing model in stock, and none of the non-sealed type. They don't expect to get any more of either type in again. Ever. I quickly ordered the one (sealed bearing version) they had (for $75!). This is the one making the most noise, so I got that going for me.
Support person advised me that some of their authorized service centers around the country might have some of the other fans in stock. So I've called a few and struck out so far.
When the new fan arrives, I'll install that one and use some graphite powder on the other two. And hope they last until it's time to upgrade the PJ.
"If you're not passing anyone, get the hell out of the passing lane!"