Once my camera warms up, the zoom control becomes sticky. After moving this control to the right or left, it should immediately move back to the centre position once released. It moves back too slowly resulting in the lens continuing to move in or out. In addition, the shutter button (part of the same control) sometimes sticks. I assume that something was spilled into the control at some time. I've removed the screws releasing the control but there is nothing obviously wrong to the naked eye.
Before I take it in for a potentially costly repair, is there anything I can spray in the mechanism that may clear the problem but not harm the circuitry?
Thanks in advance.
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If your mode control dial is hard to rotate, there is chance that a sticky liquid may have sprayed or spilled, Take a q-tip with some rubbing alcohol or glass cleaner and rub around the outer edge, letting small amounts to slide under the dial. Begin turning the knob right away to work it in and loosen the stick. Make sure very little gets transferred from the q-tip, you don't want to short our the camera. It would be wise to do this with out the batteries loaded
Take your camera to a Canon authorized service center and see if they can try to clean the button area. This might solve your issue. Other than a cleaning they will most likely have to replace the button assembly and/or top cover depending on how the camera is designed.
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Some time Zoom switch knob got broken internally and resulted the problem as you have with this camera. You can replace upper part of camera with following part number.. A-1246-250-A CABINET UPPER(240),BLOCK ASSY
It is an easy job to replace above part. Part available in Parts Store for $24
I have owned three Kodak cameras, the last and recent one being the M1063. They all three developed the same problem within two months of ownership....."zoom lens will move in or out depending on original position(gets stuck in out position), and camera beeps, then turns off."
It was always sand/dirt/dust in the zoom section.
Hold the camera in your right hand, as if you are going to take a picture and gently tap the left side of camera against the hard, lower part of your palm.
You might have to do it a couple of times and you might have to be a little more than gentle. Just don't bang it hard directly on the LCD screen, just the left edge.