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Sears ks-2/ricoh xr-7 film advance and shutter release problem

Hi, I have a Sears KS-2 film SLR, and have recently put new batteries in it. The light meter works fine, but there is absolutely no tension on the film advance lever - it just swings about - and so I can't advance the film or fire the shutter. Do i need to take this to a camera repair shop or can I fix it myself somehow?

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There is a good chance you can repair this yourself. If you advance the film winder handle so that you can see the bottom of it there should be a screw visible. remove this screw to take off the plastic cover of the winder handle. The actual winder is metal and attached to the camera with a screw that can become loose. I believe the metal lever is keyed to only go on the winder shaft at the correct place. Reattach the metal winder arm and then place the plastic cover back on. One thing to watch is that the plastic cover has a small tab at the shaft end, so it needs to go on with a clamshell motion rather than straight down. My camera has the small tab broken off so I have a bit of hot glue holding on that end, which also acts to keep the shaft screw from moving.

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You probably need to take the camera in for repair. It sounds like the film transport is not connected to the shutter/mirror cage ***'y.

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