Question about RCA HD61LPW42 61" Rear Projection HDTV

1 Answer

Replacing the Colorwheel on a RCA DLP HD61LPW42

I have changed the blub without problem. Is the colorwheel very difficult to replace or is there directions somewhere.

Posted by on

  • triley1951 Jan 29, 2009

    on a four 1/2 yr old 61" RCA, i've changed thee lamps.

    This latest was coincidentally when I experienced what may be a very loud color wheel spinning.

    nothing wrong with picture, but it sings louder than the sound from the tv!

    is it tough changing the color wheel.?? how much ? $150 i think.

    Light engine ***'y?? $400?

  • Anonymous Feb 10, 2009

    we have the same problem with our RCA HD50LPW62AYX2 DLP 50 inch TV. Needing answers and how to change the color wheel and where to get the color wheel please. Have replaced bulb assembly 3 times.


1 Answer

  • Level 2:

    An expert who has achieved level 2 by getting 100 points


    An expert that gotĀ 5 achievements.


    An expert who has answered 200 questions.


    An expert whose answer gotĀ voted for 20 times.

  • Expert
  • 205 Answers

A service manual from rca would be beneficial and yes you can replace the color wheel. It is a fragile element made of wafer thin glass. I would suggest a pro due this task because if he breaks it, no cost to you.

Posted on Jul 09, 2009

Add Your Answer

Uploading: 0%


Complete. Click "Add" to insert your video. Add



Related Questions:

1 Answer

I have the m50wh72s rca dlp....and will be changing my bulb with thanks to this site!.....but what about the colorwheel? it easy to change ?....and is it exspensive to buy?

The color wheel if used may no longer be available from RCA. With the exact model number GOOGLE the model number with the words COLOR WHEEL after it and if I remember some of the wheels were rather expensive.

Let me know if you have questions.

Regards, SD TECH

Sep 17, 2011 | RCA Projection Televisions

1 Answer

After it warms up color goes to green and red

DLP TVs have color created by optical block or colorwheel. Colorwheel bad will make whining noise. This needs professional repairs. Check it out at

Feb 22, 2010 | Vivitek V37655 56" DLP TV

1 Answer

Is it easy to change a color wheel like the lamp? or i need to take it to a tv specialist?

the colorwheel is not as easy as the lamp to change. you have to remove the light engine from the tv and remove a cover from the lens and a cover from over the colorwheel then two screws that hold the color wheel and two wires. sometimes new codes must be input into the service mode. i suggest letting a professional do it.

Jan 30, 2010 | Samsung HL-R4264W 42" DLP HDTV

2 Answers

Color wheel

The motor is nothing more than a harddrive motor, not sure that was the right solution but.... I would suggest that your chassis is not in the right location. Verify that the chasis is centered on the mounting bosses. The screws might be a good clue. Good luck.

Jul 05, 2009 | RCA HD61LPW42 61" Rear Projection HDTV

2 Answers

Color is wrong after color wheel replacement


You probably replaced a bearing colorwheel, and it was replaced with a bearingless. If you look inside the TV on the back of the light engine (the silver box in front of and to the left of the color wheel), there should be a jumper (that connects two wires coming out) toward the bottom of it in a recessed little hole. That jumper should be removed if the color wheel was replaced with the air bearing type. Just grasp it gently with a pair of needle nose pliers, and pull it out slowly.

This should restore a normal color operation, but there might be some other adjustments that need to be made if it doesn't clear it up completely.

I hope this helps you...

Jan 22, 2009 | RCA HD61LPW42 61" Rear Projection HDTV

1 Answer

My RCA is screeching

You have a bad colorwheel in the light engine. Due to the complexity of the repair, I suggest you call a tech to check this out

Dec 18, 2008 | RCA HD61LPW42 61" Rear Projection HDTV

2 Answers

Sharp 56dr650 Dlp colorwheel for Mike miaer

I have a Sharp 56dr650. The color wheel bearing failed. Sharp cares not for its customers and won't even respond to my pleads for help in obtaining the replacement. So, with that said, I went to ebay and bought a vizio color wheel (Omega TV in Hollywood, FL). Color wheel is incorrect and colors are all blue as is, so I pulled the color wheel off and did the same from the old one-BIG note, the wheels are glass and fragile, DO NOT BREAK the old color wheel! I viced the old bearing and carefully worked the shaft out of the bearing (it is snapped into the bearing). The vice distorted the old bearing but it was trash anyway. The new bearing, I broke the new color wheel off and viced the shaft. I then pulled the old bearing from the wheel. I then carefully push the old shaft and color wheel into the new bearing (you will know when it snaps in place) asserting preasure ONLY on the metal center hub with my thumb. I had to file a new slot on the cast housing as the ribbon connector is about 1/2 inch shorter on the new bearing. I installed and it all works great!!! Saved from tossing a $2,000 plus tv out! SHAME ON SHARP! Never buy another Sharp product!

Feb 15, 2008 | Sharp 56DR650 56" Rear Projection HDTV

Not finding what you are looking for?
RCA HD61LPW42 61" Rear Projection HDTV Logo

Related Topics:

280 people viewed this question

Ask a Question

Usually answered in minutes!

Top RCA Projection Televisions Experts

The Wyzzyrd

Level 2 Expert

83 Answers

D. E. Hev

Level 3 Expert

1059 Answers

Ron Dufek
Ron Dufek

Level 3 Expert

398 Answers

Are you a RCA Projection Television Expert? Answer questions, earn points and help others

Answer questions

Manuals & User Guides