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Stiff swivel Hi, I have a fairly new Nikon Coolpix 4500 and quite recently the swivel has become very stiff and grauchy. Any advice on how to free it? I havn't put it in a bucket of sand or anything. I think some grit has got in there or something... Help!

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I tried lubricating the joint lightly with a little fine silcone oil at first, that just made it worse. By now the swivel action was almost non exsistent and the pit of my stomach had that churning, sinking feeling :0(
I'm an technician and quite handy, so I thought I have nothing to lose, I'll remove the outer casing and see whats what. I took the four screws out at the center of the swivel... and then quickly screwed them back in again. Not a good idea.
I thought the only I was giong to fix this problem was from the outside in. Ok, Im not advocating you try what I did but it definateley improved/freed up the swivel joint. I used a spray can of TF-90 Fast Drying Cleaning solvent. Im in the UK, I dont know if you can get this world wide. Its labled as as replacement for 111-Trich. Its really nothing like it, its more like electrical contact/cleaning/maintanace spray, it even has that same sweet smell. (a bit like 112- Trich) I sprayed the joint with copius amounts of the solvent taking care to aim just at the joint and not overspray. Spray, twist.compressed air. spray, twist, compressed air. Eventually the joint became much freer, not quite as smooth as new but at least the swivel now works.
If you have the same problem and follow what I did (I have not read anywhere about the same issue which I think is rather odd) be careful not to leave the solvent standing for any length of time as it tends to slightly melt the tops of the plastic buttons and could wipes the decals off if your not careful! Note, I would only attempt this method if you have access to a compressed airline to be able to blow the solvent clean off the camera. If you have had this pronblem in the past, I would be greatful if you would let me know how you got on. Cheers


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