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Shutter stuck half open

I have a Nikon D80, bought it about 2 yrs ago. I was shooting and the shutter started to hold up like I set up for it open slow for low lighting. After a few more shot then it froze. I had to turn it off and back on to get it going for one shot only.
Later one in the day, I tried to take some more shots but the shutter was stuck shut. Can't see through. After a few attempts to get it open, it opened and stuck open. When depress the shutter button it only flick (sound like it trying to open all the way) and that was. Removed battery, switched lens, let it sit for 24 hrs later. An "err" message is display at the LCD monitor and view every time the shutter is depress and nothing happens.
Help. I can't unstuck the shutter and/or get rid of the "err" messegs on the display LCD.

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This sounds like the mechanism has worn. It is a straight forward service centre procedure, I wouldn't recommend trying to do anything that will make it worse. Leave it to Nikons engineers.

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