josephazannieri wrote:Yo Bob in STL:
You should look at your bearing and be sure that it is smooth, You might have to shine it up a little to smooth it out. Joel Boutreux, (joel td) the guy who used to work for Thorens, sells a kit for the TD 150 and the TD 160 for about $25.00 on Ebay, and he is very helpful. Kit contains the proper belt, and the proper belt is critical and not easy to get. Too many of the ones on Ebay are too short and too tight. I used one kit and did both my kid sister's TD 160 (hers needed the belt) and my TD 150. Plenty of lube and bearing cleaner, and I was sure that the lube was right. Made both the turntables spin like crazy. You can use 3 in 1 electric motor oil also, just to fill it, but don't overfill, or you will not be able to get the spindle fully into the bearing well. It will hang up on the the oil and won't go all the way in until you drain some oil out. Given the choice, I'd take Joel's lube kit any day. But if bearing is dry, the 3 in 1 oil beats running it dry.
Yout TD-160 is somewhat unusual, having that lock on the turntable. It may be a late one, where the lock was added as an improvement near end of production.
Joel's kit has been mentioned by others, and it worked fine for me.
And good luck from the old follower,
Thank Joe Z.
Yes, I have ordered the kit from Joel and still waiting to recieve it.
I am concerned that the bearing well was dry but the bearing looks good. I will polish and clean it up. Can't wait to install Joels kit, set up the 3009 tonearm and hear this thing.
I will re-post with picture once I get it cleaned up and running.