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Canon AE1 Shutter Problem

The shutter will not work and film will not advance. I have replaced batteries.

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  • horrorpsycho Mar 14, 2009

    the advance lever is advanced as far as it will go but when I push the shutter release button it won't fire.

  • dazoff May 16, 2009

    I released magnet, retried with battery but problem still exists.

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It could be a simple issue with the shutter magnets, or something more severe with the electronics. What does the meter needle do when you push the shutter release down? With the speed dial set at 1/125 or higher and no lens, the needle should move fairly high. If it pegs to the bottom right away, that is a bad sign.

You can check the magnets from the bottom with the cover removed. (2 screws) You can release the mechanicals of the shutter by pushing the silver lever arm (located next to the plastic shield around the magnet on the rewind side of the camera) toward the front of the camera. Be mindful of the spring attached

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