Do you have any history on the previous use of the turntable in question? If used by someone for DJ-ing, extensive transfer to digital or the like, it may be wholly out of normal range of adjustment...including suggested bearing issues. Under normal domestic use, it is unlikely that the bearing would be compromised. On the other hand, too many curious and inept hands may have the basic setup far from ideal. Assuming you have the basic setup of zeroing the arm, setting stylus pressure and initial anti-skate reasonably close, my first attention would be adjusting the anti-skate back to zero or 1/10 gram, testing play on a suitable album (not one of your best or favorite), and adjusting anti-skate upward by a tenth to determine if the anti-skate is actually effectively working. I have a JVC turntable that exhibited similar behavior, skipping and returning approximately 2/3 through any album played. I rigorously cleaned the records I was using, to no avail. Adjusting the anti-skate so effectively stopped the aborted play and the unit has been playing faultlessly for months now. Anti-skate should often be viewed in an "as required" adjustment, as some arm/cartridge combinations have a degree of anti-skate built in by the existing play angles on the vinyl surface. A mechanical once over to determine conditions such as the mentioned spring hanging on wiring, etc. should not be overlooked either of course. Some doof may have indeed compromised normal operation by unqualified tinkering. Hopefully, as is often the case, the answer is easily found and applied.