Oh boy, now you've done it! Stop trying to run the table! If you have some spare Michell oil get it. If not go to Lowes or Home Depot and buy some Original Hunter Ceiling Fan oil. A tube will only set you back a few bucks, and this is excellent oil. Next, take the bearing assembly apart. Perform this sitting down at a table with some soft paper towels as a place mat. Clean out the oil well, the bearing shaft, brass female, the ball bearing, and blow out the oil hole in the shaft. The hole must be clear of any debris. Wipe all the components with damp cosmetic pads which contain rubbing alcohol. Air dry a few minutes. Next, coat all bearing pieces with a light film of oil. Assemble the lower shaft assembly onto the plinth. Fill the oil well, not to much, follow instructions. Take a small dab of petro-jelly and place it on top of the bearing shaft, do not plug the oil holes in the shaft. Place the ball bearing on top. (The jelly helps hold it in place) Rotate the bearing by hand. This will help pump some oil into the system. If it feels OK, install the platter. Again spin by hand, not to fast. If it feels smooth and silky, you are back in business. I doubt you bent the bearing, it is hardened steel and navel brass; more than likely dirt got into the system. If a complete cleaning and re-oil fails, you may have to buy a new bearing assembly. Let us know how you make out!