rock_dude86 wrote:Thanks Bob! I really appreciate your advice. The belt is probably only 18-24 months old and is pretty snug around the platter but I'll get a new one when I can. Every little helps!
I'll keep going with the oil on the motor to get it running smoothly. Doesn't sound too complex to oil it from the bottom, so will give that one a go too! Attack it from both ends!! It's probably never had any oil in it's life so I imagine it's well overdue!
The platter spins great still. When the belt isn't around the motor pulley the platter spins forever. When I get some time to do it properly I'll give a good clean and re-oil too. I'm guessing I can use the same Sewing Machine Oil I've used on the motor for the spindle, yeah?
I'll report back once I've had a chance to work on it some more...
If the platter spins as it should then I would leave that part alone. Don't fix things that are working is my motto. Maybe one drop on the spindle, then work it in and done.
If the belt is that new it is probably ok as well. The belt that came on mine looked ok but turned out to be very stretched out. I was surprised at how much tighter the new belt fits. Works great now though.
Yes - check the bottom of the motor for another place to oil and put it in a little at a time. Usually there is another small hole on the motor for oil. Don't drench it either. One drop at a time, give it a chance to work in. Run the motor to work it in. Keep the excess wiped up.
When you work from the bottom secure the tonearm. I lock the tone arm and then use a twist tie to make sure the arm does not come loose. You can make a stand out of four soup cans so that when you flip the TT over you have a stable place to put it. Be careful, work slow, and be thorough.
Whilwe you are in there make sure you clean up any dirt and dust.
You will get it.