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Idler Wheel on Record Player

I have an old Emerson M2405B turntable. It works, but it's been sitting in my aunts house idle for so long that it appears that part of the rubber on the wheel has gone flat and now there is this constant thumping can I fix that? Or how do I figure out exactly which wheel i need to buy to replace---i tried to look it up but couldn't get any results. Thank you :)

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That old Emerson turntable is a relic from another era. It is unlikely that you can find replacement parts.

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SOURCE: Old record player spins too slowly

it sounds as if the rubber belt is to slack however also worth checking ithe attachment to the spindle itself is not loose 2make sure the belt is the correct type

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SOURCE: Trying to fix an old record player - Califone.

May be the "winding" on the speaker. If it has got damp at some point(you may not notice any on the casing) the cardboard tube that the coil is wound around swells and "rubs" in the speaker. Thus producing a scratching sound. Try connecting to another speaker, just to test and if it sounds fine then that is what it is.

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SOURCE: everything works on my record player but my turntable doesnt spin

This happened to me tonight. I had the same problem, to activate the player on you need to move it to the right until you hear a click. If you don't do it it won't start. Even if all the power is on. This should fix everything!

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There is a clip in the center of the turntable's spindle. Remove it and the turntable platter should lift up. That model of turntable is driven by a rubber surfaced idler wheel that is tightly held between the motor shaft and the inside of the turntable's rim by a spring.
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1. The motor is seized. (Even a seized motor will hum, from the 60Hz vibration of its windings.) You should be able to spin it freely between your thumb and index finger, with no resistance. If not, you must totally disassemble it (easy job), clean out the bearing journals with alcohol, lubricate, and reassemble. If you decide just to oil it without cleaning out the bearings, it will quickly seize again.
2. The idler wheel is seized on its shaft. Same solution as 1.
3. The rubber surface of the idler wheel has become hard with age. Best solution for this is to replace it, if you can find one. Alternatively, there are various liquid chemicals around that can renew the surface of the rubber.
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While you're in there, look at the geared wheel that engages the teeth on the inside center of the turntable's platter. It will have a little "kicker" mechanism that is moved by the turntable's tone arm (part that holds the cartridge) as the tone arm nears the end of the record. This little mechanism is notorious for seizing, and should also be cleaned out and lubricated.

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