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The lens makes 'graunching' noises at start-up,+ is not focusing

As the camera starts up after being switched on---second position on the dial, the 'shoot' position,-- very strange noises come from the it.

I think its the cogs/ratchet/gearing mechanism in the lens playing up or broken,so probably not a diy possible repair proposition? ... the camera is now over 4 years old, has served me very well, and I would dearly love to keep it going for a few more decades...
..BUT I could now get a new version, which would capture 'bigger' images,etc.etc., for 25% of the amount I paid for this Finepix S7000 !!!!!-- I do find that so very frustrating!..never mind... if anyone has experience and/or of course a solution for this issue I would really appreciate it..!!.. I do hate this 'throwaway' world...!!!!

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It is normal for gear noises to happen as there is alot of mecanical parts involved ,the lens is zooming to wide angle and focusing to a normal position to ready its self for shooting as long as the lens is working after this start-up mode correctly i.e focus and zooming there will not be any problems

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Is it possible to unscrew the lens to check out what it is that is grinding myself? Nothing to lose at this point I purchased a new camera

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Cameras can be like cars. Better to keep trading them in for the newer model before they are worthless. Yes, that is the broken gears you are hearing. It may be fixable, but probably not worth the 2 hours of labor from a professional to fix it. It could just be a grain of sand in the gearbox if you are willing to spend the time to go look.

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