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I'm trying to figure out if I should invest in yet another package of four D batteries or finally toss this swing. The mobile and sounds work, but the swing does not. I have noticed in the past that sometimes this would have something to do with where I set the swing and how far apart the legs were (a mm seemed to sometimes make the difference). Once all it took was changing the batteries and the swing lasted for weeks before I needed to replace them, but now I've replaced them twice and the swing still isn't really working. Is there anything else I can try?
The swing was purchased in early 2006 ( for my first son) so it is no longer under warranty.
I have the motor solution for all you nice people in desperate need of rocking your baby's world.......... an identical motor replacement can be easily obtained from an Air Wick or Lysol Brand "Fresh Matic" room deodorizer. These deodorizers use a 6 oz. refill and the motor inside the mechanism actuates the plunger to spray the can. THIS MOTOR IS IDENTICAL TO THE FISHER PRICE MOTOR in the Aquarium Swing Model and may be the same in other models too.
Cheap fix for those who only need the swing motor!
Posted on Dec 13, 2008
Just completed the switch of motor from FreshMatic into a Nature's Touch Cradle Swing. Awesome. Just wanted to note the wiring:
Green wire - Blue Wire
Yellow wire - White Wire
Thanks a bunch GooberPyle
Posted on Jan 30, 2010
I had the same problem and we took the motor out of an airwick freshmatic (it sprays air-freshener every 9,18 or 36 minutes). It is the same! We made sure to have the wires in the same place as on the swings motor and it works! Definitely a lot cheaper and easy to get.
Posted on Apr 20, 2009
I had the same problem with my swing. Everything worked except for the swing itself. I bought my swing used so to spend $50 on parts for a swing I paid $70 for seemed kinda senseless. I decided to open up the swing and take a look. After about 20 minutes of studying the guts I noticed there was a strong steel spring floating around loosely on the inside of the swing. This spring attaches from the motor to the pivot with the straight end of the spring pointing down. This was an easy fix and now my swing works like the day I got it. The spring must have come loose when I was transporting the swing. I suggest using care when transporting your swing to avoid this problem.
Posted on Nov 10, 2008
I called fisher price service center at 1800-432-5437 and they 're sending us a new motor housing. When you call have the produc t# and the date code which are on the motor housing opposite side of the battery compartment. If your swing is under warranty, it is free. If your swing is older than a year, the price of the housing is $45.820 NOT including shipping (~$8.50). The housing is from a 2007 model; mine is a 2006 model so it will be different than what I currently have. They are NOT making these anymore, so, when they run out that's it for the swings. Good luck.
Posted on Oct 27, 2008
Gobberpyle you rock....mad my baby happy. The Air Wick solution fixed my Fisher Price StarLight Cradle Swing. Thanks. This really works!
Posted on Oct 24, 2009
I had the same problem and i just figured that my batteries simpley were not strong enough to power all the parts on the swing.so i went to www.instructables.com and searched 'convert a baby swing from batteries to ac (wall) power' to see if i can do it that way.it says to use a 5v power codr but i upped it a bit to a 7v and now my swing works wonderfully.
Posted on Aug 18, 2009
The ($6) air freshener worked for me too! I installed it today and so far it's working great. And I can still manually use the air freshener and it came with 2 new AA batteries, so I think it turned out to be worth the effort. I took the one resistor (?) off the old motor and put it on the new one, but used the capacitor that was on the new motor. Yippee!
Posted on Oct 10, 2010
We are using the Natures Touch Cradle Swing for our second child, we purchased this in 2005, I just called Fisher Price, told them we are using iy for our second child and they sent out the complete motor housing , with a 90 day warranty for FREE!
And before I called I took the motor out of that lysol device (that was sitting unused) then decided to call and find out the cost for myself, Glad I did, Free is always great!
Posted on Dec 16, 2009
The Air Wick fix was so simple and was a perfect fit and fix. Cost a total of $5.38 at Walmart. Awsome advice Gooberpile, Thanks alot!!
Posted on Dec 08, 2009
I also tried the air wick motor. The motor was the same size/rating, but the original motor was better - so I put it back.
I believe my real problem was that the grease that was applied to the worm gear had migrated to the bottom of the housing due to gravity. I reapplied to the top and the original motor works fine.
Posted on Sep 30, 2009
I replaced my motor with the air wick fresh matic and it is back to normal. Kudos to gooberpyle. I would love to know how he found out that they were the same. The internet is amazing!
Posted on Aug 14, 2009
GooberPyle, you are a genius. Took the freshmatic motor and replaced as suggested. My used $50 swing is running as good as new. I just wonder how you ever figured out that the freshmatic had the same motor? Many thanks to you and this site.
Posted on May 13, 2009
We had the same problem with a hand-me-down Natures Touch Cradle Swing from Fisher Price. Mobile
Posted on Sep 01, 2010
I was given the Nature's Touch Cradle Swing in 2004 for a shower gift. I used it for my twins and it worked wonderfully. It lasted two months with my new baby then the motor died. The mobile and music were working though. I went and purchased the Fresh O'matic and my swing is now working better than ever. Thank you so much for posting this! My baby can now be rocked to sleep again.
Posted on Aug 29, 2010
Gooberpyle... Pure Genius. Like everyone else, how did you find out the airwick and the fisher price motor were identical. My swing is back to normal, and baby is happy once again!
Posted on Oct 23, 2009
Airwicks worked great i was taking apart my dvd player to see if it had the same motor... it didnt but a trip to my local walmart 11.74 cents later all fixed thanks gooberpyle ur the best
Posted on Dec 23, 2009
Has anybody had the opposite problem? Our motor is running full speed and won't turn off. The motor makes the spring cycle so quickly that is doesn't have time to swing.
Posted on Sep 09, 2012
My motor is working only that the gear on the motor is bad causing the teeth to grind does the fresh o matic have the same gear on the motor?
Posted on Nov 28, 2011
My swing will not swimg 2 ways but only one way side to side and the button on the front will not cause it to swing back and forth any suggestions??
Posted on Oct 01, 2011
After reading this I called the support number too and they are sending me another whole motor part for less than $40. I leant my swing to an irresponsible brother who stored it for 2 years with batteries in the compartment and the battery connectors erroded away. Thanks for the help and call Fisher Price they will help you get it fixed.
Posted on Nov 07, 2008
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