I guess my problem is that I know virtually nothing about the inside of a motor... if I did, I might be more willing to crack it open. As it is now, I'm scared to death I'm gonna break it and not realize it.
Until it is too late, anyway...
Most of it is pretty simple. I replaced the stator in the 1100. I found it really easy and I'd never done one. Google most anything and you can find how to's and pics.
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