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Internal wiring of ceiling fan motor

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I am working on ceiling fan--- one that has a control box below the fan motor and and light fixture below the control box. Most of the wiring in the control box is for the fan motor. The control box contains a fan reversing switch, a speed control switch and a black box that looks like a capacitor starter.

There are 4 wires coming off the motor winding, red, pink, yellow and gray. The red, pink and yellow wires hook into other wires in the control box. Unfortunately the gray wire came loose from somewhere as I was pulling the light fixture off the bottom and I did not see where it came from.

Do you have any idea where the gray wire connects into? A ground? something else?

John K

Does this help any? Type 1 (post #181471, reply #1 of 3)

Does this help any? Type 1 drawing.

Your 3 schematics are the (post #181471, reply #2 of 3)

Your 3 schematics are the closest to what I am looking for, but I am still reluctant to hook in the gray wire not knowing if I short out something. You seem knowledgable on this subject. Is it something we can discuss further?
I do Handyman work and got into this situation when I took off the light fixture. Thanks John K

Get an ohmmeter and do some (post #181471, reply #3 of 3)

Get an ohmmeter and do some tracing.

A quick look at the cap will determine if it is #1 or the others.

Then find out how many wires are going to the motor.

Might not even need the ohmmeter.

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