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JVC turntable--broken motor?

I have an old JVC L-A120 turntable. I finally got around to ordering the belt for it, but now that I've gotten it installed (correctly, I might add), it's still not working. The drive pulley rotates if it's uninhibited, but once I put the belt on, it stops completely. Is it possible the motor's going bad? Do I need to oil it? (And if so, what exactly is involved?) I don't really want to put much money into this (it's just my parents' old turntable), so please let me know if you have an idea of how much this may cost me to take care of. Thanks so much for any help you can offer!

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    Mike West Nov 25, 2007

    Just like Eusters, I also have an old JVC L-A120 turntable which has worked with no problem for many years, even up until a few weeks ago. The belt looks reasonable but I have ordered a new one anyway. But I am not sure how to fit it correctly - on my other, even older, JVC deck (JL-A20) the plattern simply lifts off. But the plattern does not seem to lift on this one.



    As with Eusters, the capstan drive wheel seems fine and rotates if it's uninhibited. But the plattern itself will not spin freely and am sure will not not turn even with a new belt. Anybody know what has happended?



    Any suggestions welcome. Thanks.

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I just worked on a unit with the same problem. The spindle bearing will seize up if it is not oiled at least once a year. Take off the feet and split the top and bottom. Remove the three screws that hold on the spindle. Remove the E clip that holds on the gear. Put it in a vise and press off the gear and remove the shaft. Thoroghly clean off the shaft and the bearing. Lub with 3 in 1 oil and reassemble.

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You have 3 choices

Circlip
Screw on the side of the bearing holder (underneath the turntable)
The platter has seized (or just tight) to the center spindle.

I would suggest the latter
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Posted on Feb 01, 2008

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Does the turntable spin freely?
The bearing could need lubricating.
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Posted on Dec 17, 2007

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Have similar problem! have orederd a new belt but how do I refit it? does pattern come off? My plattern just won't spin reely. too much friction - any ideas?

thanks

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    Mike West Dec 22, 2007

    Thanks for the suggestion john w.



    No it doesnt spin freely.



    But how do I take off the turntable platter to lubricate?

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    Mike West Dec 27, 2007

    Thanks John w, but no the turntable does not spin freely and I don't know how to take it off to lubricate.

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