kaputt wrote:I had the idler refurbished by Svalander in Sweden. What bothers me is, when I start the turntable without platter and push the idler to the capstan by the idler spindle so it lightly touches and turns, I feel the spindle move back and forth quite a bit. That movement corresponds with the sound I hear when the table is spinning with platter on.
Do you mean the idler spindle has play?
The sintered bronze bush in the idler wheel is available as an off the shelf size as I ordered mine from my local parts shop were I get all my car parts and bearings. Under the idler whell on th spindle there should be a little ptfe plastic washer, if it is missing the idler will be noisy. You should also have a little circlip on the top of the idler spindle to prevent the idler from 'walking' up and down the spindle. Also lube the idler spindle with iso 46 compressor oil which you should also use for the main TT bearing and the motor oil tubes too. When I fitted the new sintered bronze bush to the idler wheel it took several oilings and cleaning each re oil until it ran quiet, now i just add a tiny drop of oil when I reoil the rest of the turntable, but make sure you dont get any oil on the idler wheel rubber.
Another source of noise is if the height is not set correctly or if the idler wheel is a bit out of shape (easily fixed as you manipulate it by had if it is)and the side of the idler wheel is touching the steps on the capsian. If it is adjust the height of the motor a touch lower so the idler is clear of the flat steps by a mm or 2.
Hope this helps