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Turntable does not rotate when switched 'on'.

Direct drive turntable does not rotate. Turn power switch on and unit comes to life. Turn the 'self-return' lever/switch to 'on' for the record deck to start rotating but turntable does not rotate. Manually turning of the turntable engages the pick-up arm so mechanical link is OK there.

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  • accosnr Oct 10, 2008

    Hi inno73. Turntable is on Aiwa 5600 Sound System (a number of years old); tape player. radio, record deck combined. It is single record manual loading. The system belongs to an aged relative so am trying to help get it back OK for him. The switch to operate the deck is self returning so must engage some system/mechanism to get the turntable rotating and then maintain power to the motor until record is finished. But no response from the switch. I am told it was working OK then just stopped responding. Maybe it is the switch itself or perhaps the motor gone down; any further suggestions/comments appreciated.

  • accosnr Oct 13, 2008

    Inno73, Can't hear any hum local to the record platter when the switch is operated. The switch is black, pushed forwards against a spring return with only one move. Thanks again for the info.

  • Anonymous Dec 25, 2008

    I have a sears combo stereo (am-fm/tape/record player). The tunrtable won't turn, although the motor runs. I took off the platter and it appears it is driven by an idler wheel. The outside edge of thew wheel and the inside edge of the truntable have odl, sticky grease on them. The drift shafts spins (and changes rpm, as it should) but when I put the platter back on nothing happens. Any ideas? please send replies to cptjnw@yahoo.com. Thanks

  • Inno Laur May 11, 2010

    What brand of turntable is it? Is it one of those record stackers that automatically drop the next record? If so, the mechanisms on those often get gummed up as a result of the lubrication (grease) drying out and it makes the gears very hard to turn.
    If it's not one of those, please post a make and model.


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K, I'm not familiar with that particular stereo unit but there were a lot of stereos from years gone past that used a turntable made by BSR. When you activate the switch to start the turntable listen closely to the record platter for a hum or possibly the sound of a motor turning (they're quite quiet). Is the switch lever you pull rectangular made of black plastic, you pull it towards you one click to start the record and pull it one step further (spring loaded) to make the tone arm lift from the record automatically? Just want to make sure I'm talking about the right turntable before we continue.


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Throw it from a second story window then smash it with a sledgehammer. That's what I plan to do with mine.

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