THE SLIDE EJECT ARM EJECTS THE SLIDE IMMEDIATELY NOT ALLOWING PICTURE TO BE VIEWED
Not much information to go on but I'm going to assume this is one of the older style Kodaks, with the folding handle (unless a model 600) at the front, beside the lens.
If it's a newer style (4 or 5000 series) see the end of the post)
This will usually do the trick: Unplug the projector and flip it over gently of course! Remove the 4 black screws keeping the bottom plate on. You'll have to un-do the lamp house screw. Carefully note where each of the lenses inside the lamp house go and if they are more convex on one side than the other, be sure to replace it that way later.Be especially careful of the green tinted lens- they can shatter and are at higher risk when warm or hot. Handle all with clean soft cloths.
Now look at the grey mechanism housing. Roughly centre you will see a cut-out in the housing, sort of shaped like a stick-drawing of a house, but on its side. Look into that cut out and you should see a plastic or metal sleeve covered in grease. The grease is likely black. Now look very carefully for a small hole in that sleeve out of which will be jutting a tiny stick of metal about 1/8th inch long.
If you are having this particular problem, it's likely that you will not see this because your timing has gone out of whack and the part I want you to see is probably stopped somewhere else in its rotation. so, (you are still unplugged) gently take your index finger and turn the fan blades (clockwise) near the rear of the projector. That will turn the fan belt which will also turn the mechanism belt. You may or may not also have to press slightly- very little pressure - on the Select button on the side of your projector. Within a few turns of your finger, you should see the sleeve (which is around the camshaft) start to turn slowly. Keep at this until you can see the little hole and metal bit (it's the end of the clutch spring poking through). When you get to that point, where you can get access to the little hole in the sleeve where the small metal spring is poking through, stop turning the fan.
Now take some light machine oil or a bit of WD-40 and put it into the hole. If using WD-40 you must be careful not to let it spray into other areas of the projector or you'll have a mess on your hands. You want to put about 4-7 drops of oil in that hole and no more, at least at this point. If after 24 hours it's not perfect, add 3-4 drops more.Let the projector stay in its upside down position for an hour or so, reassemble it and try it out. If it's improved but not perfect, keep advancing it a dozen or so times and sometimes gently press the Select button in between pressing the advance button.
if this is a newer model (handle built into the body, on the side) , it could be a problem on the cam but it's unlikely You'd want an expert on that one. You could disassemble the projector as above with the same cautions about the lenses. In this model you'll see a white worm gear in the heart of the mechanism. Above it will be an L-shaped metal finger. (Again you MAY need to manually turn the mechanism via the fan) The finger normally sets against a metal catch that pivots on the wide worm gear. Carefully so you don't spread it, use some rubbing alcohol on a Q-tip, or a bit of WD 40 or other solvent to clean the pivot point of that metal catch. If using WD-40 do not rely on it to lubricate the pivoting catch- put no more than 2 drops- 3 at the outside - of light machine oil (or sewing machine oil) where it pivots. Gently flip it back and forth a few times. Reassemble and test.
In the case of the older model the grease packed inside that sleeve has dried out with time. The oil loosens it up but too much will make it run. In the case of the newer projector, the lubricant of the catch has dried or gotten dirty and it's not functioning like it should.
Jul 06, 2009 |
Kodak Carousel 4400 Slide Projector