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18-55mm lens won't zoom

I can't zoom my lense, It is very stiff. The shutter is slightly closed, almost wink-like & a little round plastic piece is loose inside at end that attaches to camera. The little round plastic piece detached and broke free inside the lens. When I re-attach the lens, my D40 wont take pictures and viewfinder display is blurry and got some very thin circular patterns... Is there anyway to fix this by myself, or should i bring it in?

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DON'T TRY TO FIX THIS YOURSELF! You will only add to the damage. If your lens is in warranty, contact Nikon for instructions to get it repaired. If it is out of warranty, I would either pay Nikon for the repair or take it to a camera repair man.

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