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JVC L-A21 turn table belt installation

The belt for my JVC turntable fell off during a move. How do I put it back on?

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  • cbauden Jan 26, 2009

    Thank you for your help. It worked. Easy fix.



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Lift the mat from the platter. Lift the platter off the spindle - it just pulls off upwards. Wrap the belt around the sub-platter underneath. If the belt is not stretched, it should stay there by friction as you replace the platter onto the spindle. Rotate the platter by hand until the motor pulley appears through the large hole on the front left hand side, and then gently pull the belt over the pulley, taking care not to twist it as you do so. Replace mat.

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Cannot get the platter cover off to change the belt on a l-a21 turn table . how do i do this?

Unplug from the mains power & the amplifier phono socket
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Inside you will find a tube (actually the "pit" for the spindle) undo the (awkward) retaining screw on the tube. At this pint the spindle is now free and would otherwise slide out onto your lap, so just redo all the screws in reverse order -in particular don't forget the Earth wires.
Then holding onto the turntable and plater - flip the unit back over.
The plater will now lift out freely, taking care to unhook the belt from the drive capstan/motor (on the top left) keep hold of the belt with your two fingers (as you have already lifted off the slip matt ) let the old belt slip free and place the new one on the Flange remembering to hold with two fingers as before. the spindle will slide back into the "Pit" (ensure that the bearing has not fallen out) still holding the belt in place hook it over the capstan and under the speed changing device. Try rotating the plater a few times to ensure nothing is trapped untoward, then replace the slip matt.
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Turntable belt is off.

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Hi There.
If the belt falls of the platter, it might be an indication that the belt has stretched and is now too large. Or maybe it just fell off for any other reason.
Remove the rubber mat, and pull upwards on the platter to remove it. Sometimes there is a small "C" clip on the center spindle that has to be removed first. (use a small flat screwdriver to remove)
Turn platter over, and put rubber belt around diameter ring on underside of platter. It should be snug, and not fall off when you turn platter over.
Put platter back onto turntable, and spin by hand until you see the motor shaft through one of the holes in platter.
With a pair of tweezers - or crochet hook, put belt over shaft.
You're done.
Put back rubber mat and give it a try.
Good luck,
PS: If there was a "C" clip, you can re-install it - or throw it away.

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How to lift up the JVC L-a21 platter for changing the belt? Thank you in advance.

I am not familiar with this exact turntable, but on most belt driven turntables, the platter should simply pop off. There are usually holes in the platter once you remove the rubber mat. Put your fingers in the holes and pull up while pressing down on the center spindle, and the platter should pop off. Sometimes you have to put on a little force to get it to come off.
The holes in the platter are to allow you to attach the new belt to the motor spindle once you put the platter back on with the new belt.

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If it is belt-driven the belt may be broken or fallen off.  Lift the turntable to check underneath.  There may be a spring clip near the center of the turntable that you have to remove to lift it.

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I just got a JVC turntable from a thrift shop today and as soon as I got it home the belt broke. I had a replacement but couldn't figure out how to install it. After taking off the back, which is about 4 screws plus the 4 feet and the grounding screw, I saw a very tiny set screw on the post where the spindle obviously is. I removed this and the table came right off so I could replace the belt. I couldn't get the tiny set screw back but figured I didn't need it and if I ever have to replace another belt, I won't have to take the back off anyway. I hope this helps.

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