Kodak Carousel 600 Projector - mechanism stops with slide out
We plugged this projector in after years of non-use and at first it endlessly keep slides moving in and out without stopping. After a while it would stop and we could view slides, but now the assembly will cycle and stop with the slide out. It seems that the little clutch has come out of alignment - the little tang that is stopped by the arm connected to the advance button is not where is used to be. We have been trying to manually advance the mechanism (with the bottom cover off we would "help" the main assembly advance by rotating it about 90 - 120 degrees). Do you know of a proceedure that we can use to get everything back to normal?
Open the back up and spray just a LITTLE bit of WD-40 into the cavity where the bit of spring emerges from the grease covered cam shaft. This will loosen up the grease that has dried up. It may take up to half an hour to work on the grease. If things are improved but not perfect, repeat. If any WD-40 spills out, mop it up with Q-tips and especially avoid the rubber belt.
Please do NOT advance things manually ans especially don't pry apart any of the plastic or metal cams on the cam shaft in an effort to correct the timing. You will put it out of waht and it will take a whack of time and/or an expert to get it back in whack!
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The clutch contact on your KODAK Carousel 600 Projector has either burned off from use (the projector is almost 50 years old) or is out of adjustment. Either condition will allow the continuous cycle to happen. Because of the projector's age, parts will be really tough to come by. I have attached a diagram to show you what the affected parts look like. Be sure to take extreme caution - - there is exposed electrical contacts all over with the bottom cover removed. Also, be sure to remove the lamp and all optics before starting this repair.
A Kodak Carousel 600 has no Forward/Reverse buttons for tray movement. The only way to advance the tray with the slide change mechanism is by LIGHTLY depressing the SELECT bar. To manually advance the tray, push and hold the SELECT bar down fully.While holding the SELECT bar, you should be able to rotate the tray by hand. Good Luck!! Jim
The issue is the clutch contact inside the projector. The contact is either broken or out of adjustment. The clutch spring protrudes from the hub of the mechanism camstack. The camstack makes ONE revolution for ONE slide cycle. The clutch contact stops the clutch spring at the end of the cycle, putting the projector in "idle", awaiting the next "cycle" signal. Based on your description, this is your problem area. Turn the projector upside down & remove the bottom cover. CAREFULLY remove the internal lenses with a CLEAN, lint-free cloth. Wrap each lens in a separate cloth, as the lenses can shatter if exposed to rapid temperature changes. Next, remove the lamp with another cloth & keep it wrapped, as well. CAREFULLY plug the projector back in (DANGER - EXPOSED VOLTAGE!!) & turn the projector to the "Fan" position. Look for the rotating camstack. Turn the projector on & off quickly to locate the straight wire protruding out of the camstack hub. Turn the projector OFF & UNPLUG. Now look for the "J"-shaped wire that SHOULD make contact with the clutch contact. You will need to re-form the clutch contact wire VERY GENTLY (the wire is brittle!!), so that the straight wire is JUST BARELY trapped by the "J"-shaped wire. Now plug in & turn the power switch to "FAN" to check that the camstack only makes ONE revolution. If it stops: GREAT !! If it still revolves multiple times, repeat the process until the camstack STOPS after ONE cycle. This should resolve your continuous cycle problem. Good Luck !! Jim
The KODAK Carousel 600 Projector has NO forward or reverse controls. To cycle the tray forward, LIGHTLY depress the SELECT bar. Reverse is accomplished by holding the SELECT bar down completely and rotating the tray by hand. Jim
You're correct!! The Kodak Carousel 600 does not have an ADVANCE button. To advance the tray you LIGHTLY depress the SELECT bar on the edge of the projector. There is no reverse capability, other than holding the SELECT bar down fully and rotating the tray by hand. Enjoy your projector!! Jim
If the FUSE is still available (this model could be as much as 50 years ago!!), the fuse is wired into the 120 volt circuit near the projection lamp. Check with: www.micro-tools.com
for availability. good Luck!! Jim
The continuous cycle is caused by the slide change clutch contact. This contact is either burned off from excessive use or has somehow moved out of correct adjustment. I have attached an image that might help you identify correct alignment. For parts, contact: www.micro-tools.com
Take a closer look at the pins on the remote cable and the socket on the projector. Their are 5 pins on the plug. The top 2 pins are closer together than the bottom 2 pins. It is easy to rotate the plug 180 degrees and with little extra pressure, push it in. If the pin / plug interface is rotated 180 degrees, the remote control will appear non-functional. Check that first. Then try plugging the remote into the projector without the extension to eliminate a broken wire in the extension cord. Verify that the on-board cycle buttons will cycle the projector. If they do, and the projector won't work with the remote control, then there may be a open circuit inside the projector. You may need a factory-trained technician to help you with this one!! Good Luck !! Jim
Try a couple of things: 1. Turn on the projector & cycle it in "Reverse" 3 or 4 times (without the tray). Do the levers that move the tray move correctly? If so, do you have another tray you can try? If another tray works correctly, follow Step #2. 2. The 140-Tray has to be in the "zero" position for the tray to seat on the projector. Check to make sure the Locking Ring (the ring is in the center of the tray & keeps the slides from coming out) is TIGHT on the top of the tray. Once checked, turn the tray upside-down. Refer to Page 8 in your owners' manual (if you don't have one, I've made an image of the page, below). You have to make sure the plate on the bottom of the tray is lined up at the notch at shown.
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