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Problem with focusing

I have a reoccurring problem with my PV-GS120 Panasonic camcorder. Half of the time I turn it on, everything is out of focus, and I'm unable to zoom. After about a minute of this, the camera stops, and tells me to "Press the Reset Switch". After I press it, the camera turns back on, still out of focus. It makes a loud clicking noise for about thirty seconds, and then either goes back into focus, or prompts me to press the reset switch again. It used to only happen every once in a while, but it has become more frequent, and very problematic. I can hardly get anything done with it. Could anyone help me?

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Sounds as though the focus motor worm gear is binding up. I have ,at times been able to take this assebly off the zoom lens ,oil it and reinstall it. very very light amout of floil, a very thin oil. Also the zoom motors worm gear binding will cause this problem, sometimes one of these motor/worm gear assemblies will have to be replaced.

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