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So while my console is out. I thought I would see why my clock wasn't running.  Not too dirty, no burning,  no corrosion,  so I cleaned up a bit and applied some light oil.  It works!!!

IF it's lying on it's face. Ran for 24hrs face down and then only 5 minutes after placing in a "normal" position.  Hammer engaging every 50 seconds or so.

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I wonder if its a lube thing -- they would have had a tiny amount of light machine oil spindles on some rotary parts. ... and as the years rock by that stuff can go sticky instead of slippery 

as the clock has 0.0000001 horsepower - it might not be able to over come its own mechanical impedances any more.... just needs a service . 

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There's a good chance that it's wear on the winder gear shaft.  The shaft has spring tension on it and slowly wears it's mounting hole into a groove. The gear gets cockeyed and the clock stops.  Is there any wobble/play in the main gear that winds?  If not then you may get lucky and only need a good clean & lube. 

 

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On 8/2/2021 at 7:17 PM, MooseStang said:

So while my console is out. I thought I would see why my clock wasn't running.  Not too dirty, no burning,  no corrosion,  so I cleaned up a bit and applied some light oil.  It works!!!

IF it's lying on it's face. Ran for 24hrs face down and then only 5 minutes after placing in a "normal" position.  Hammer engaging every 50 seconds or so.

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The first time I put power on my clock it made a click which sounded like a relay kicking on. Since that, it doesn't click anymore when power is applied. Clock doesn't seem to do anything. It looks great on the inside but doesn't run.  What's the best way to start trying to get it running?

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Here's what I did. Pulled the clockwork from the housing. Applied 12 volts. Immediately and very gently, rolled the gear shown in the pic using my finger.  It would run for a brief period, maybe one or two contact cycles, then stop.   If you're able to get it to work for brief periods,  I would start the cleaning process, lightly oil, very fine sandpaper on the points. 

Be careful not to over oil, and if you use quips to clean don't get fibers in the gears. 

I had to restart mine many times over a period of several days before it would run. I was constantly listening for the points "click".

Good luck. 

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On 9/5/2021 at 11:45 AM, MooseStang said:

Still running, and has been doing so rather quickly (fast timekeeping).   Someone had posted instructions for adjustment, which I've been doing.  I've lost count of how many backwards time sweeps I've done thus far, but it is getting closer to being accurate.  

Got  link to the instructions for adjustment?

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