[quote="phennleigh"]I had a similar stuck platter, but I got it off.
However, I have one further question.
Does the spindle spin or is it fixed?
I find it hard to believe that a taper shaft is the bearing surface.
What moves with the spindle below the cast housing?
It is now sitting with ye old WD40, I am hoping I can unstick this thing.
Hi, the spindle does need to spin freely if you look at the picture that is included with these posts you will see the spindle housing. The best thing to do is to remove the spindle housing, then remove the small gear from the bottom of the spindle. I use a large soldering gun to heat the housing. This melts the old lubricant which is causing the issue of the stuck spindle. Once you get the spindle out clean it and the inside of the housing with a rag dipped in alcohol. You might need to use some very fine sand paper or emery cloth to polish the spindle. Then lubricate the spindle and inside the housing with some sewing machine oil or other suitable oil. Since this spindle is stuck I would guess that the rest of the mechanism needs a good cleaning and fresh lubrication to get everything working correctly again. I dont think wd40 will penetrate the old grease that's causing the problem. At least in my experience wd40 has never worked on anything