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Are there signs of impending breakdown?

Short Answer: Unusual motor noises and erratic operating behavior are the most common symptoms of vibrator malfunction, although many simply quit working without warning.

Long Answer: Many vibrators will just quit working one day for no apparent reason. You flip the switch and...nothing. Even fresh batteries will fail to revive it. If it does whir back to life after a few whacks or shakes, consider yourself warned that it may be on the way out. Erratic behavior, stopping and starting for no apparent reason, and failure to respond correctly to the controls are all signs that something is amiss with your vibe. Rattling in the motor or other unusual noises can also signal an immanent vibrator breakdown. If the motor heats up, or produces an acrid or burning odor, these are also signs that your vibe may be breaking down or wearing out.

In multispeed or multifunction vibrators, or vibrators with more than one vibrating component, one motor may quit working independently of the other, or the vibrator may get stuck on one speed. Although the vibrator may continue to operate well otherwise, you'd do well to keep an eye on it for other malfunctions.

If your vibrator is rattling or making a strange noise, or if the motor is overheating or smells like it's burning, you should put it to rest. If it's under warranty, you may be able to get it replaced by the manufacturer. Otherwise it's time to start shopping for your next toy.

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