So I have had this saw for about 6 months and I think after dropping it a few times (hook it on saw horses with a nail, gets knocked off, ect) I noticed a squeaking sound as it spins. I think it could be a bearing, not sure.
I am also having an issue with the guard getting cut up a little bit from the blade, due to the blade warping when I cut arches out of plywood or from the guard being too loose (it feels loose or wobbly anyway, but I can't find a way to tighten it).
So those 2 issues aside, I decided to take it apart (my first time taking a saw apart ) and in doing so when trying to remove the outer guard (the part with the black makita letters) from the motor the coil pack started to come out of the saw with it. Likely cause the gears were still interlocked and I didn't know what I was doing...
I got it free and the coil pack went back in the housing. I'm cleaning everything up and going to put it back together this weekend. If it is a bearing issue I see the top one being able to be replaced, but the lower one thats just above the blower fan, around the spline connected to the coil pack seems almost welded on there it won't budge.
Safety wise I'm wondering if I could have damaged anything by having the coil pack come out of the housing? Its in there good now, I can't pull it up to save my life and I'm confused how I got it to come out in the first place. I took out the brushes (they look fine, lots of saw dust in there so I blew it out) and the coil pack still wouldn't come free. Is it supposed to?
Also, when disassembling johnny five here, dust got in the greased areas, I'm wondering what I should use to clean the grease out and what kind of grease I should put back in?
Any help would be appreciated.