Question about Audio Players & Recorders

1 Answer

Cueing Problems on Technics SL-1300MK2

Technics SL-1300MK2 turntable.

The cueing lever does not lift the tone arm. Possible trouble is with the oil damper. Parts seem to be near impossible to find. Can this item be fixed by taking oil damper apart and putting in either new seals or more oil?

what grade of silicone oil would this use and where to find it?

Posted by on

  • clarkreter Apr 01, 2008

    Hi Geno,

    Thanks for all the help and the info on the oil.

    Here is what my tonearm is not doing:

    During auto play it does not lift the tonearm and move it to the start position. Also the tonearm does not lift when engaging the cueing arm manually. I have to physically lift the arm and set it on the turntable.

    In the past I could lift the tonearm but it would not hold the arm in place and slowly dropped.

    Your mention of being mechanical, I looked at the schematics and don't see anything that looks mechanical that would raise the arm. The cueing lift arm is connected to a plate and underneath the "oil damper" is screwed to the plate.

    Maybe there is a mechanical connection I am not seeing so I will rethink the only problem being the oil damper.

    Thanks again for the help,




1 Answer

  • Level 3:

    An expert who has achieved level 3 by getting 1000 points


    An expert that got 10 achievements.


    An expert that got 5 achievements.


    An expert who has achieved Level 3.

  • Master
  • 518 Answers

Usually the damping fluid is to let the tone arm lower slowly, lifting is usually a mechanical link. Read THIS.

Hope that helps...


Posted on Apr 01, 2008


1 Suggested Answer

  • 2 Answers


Hi there,
Save hours of searching online or wasting money on unnecessary repairs by talking to a 6YA Expert who can help you resolve this issue over the phone in a minute or two.

Best thing about this new service is that you are never placed on hold and get to talk to real repairmen in the US.

Here's a link to this great service

Good luck!

Posted on Jan 02, 2017


Add Your Answer

Uploading: 0%


Complete. Click "Add" to insert your video. Add



Related Questions:

1 Answer

How do I turn a technics Quartz SlQ200 on

Assuming it does not need repair, you should be able to slide cueing lever to the right (raising arm), then place over the record and the platter should start turning. Just slide cueing to left and needle should gently drop on the record. Just press stop button to return the arm and platter should stop/turn off.

Oct 08, 2014 | Audio Players & Recorders

2 Answers

Tone arm wont lift up when returning, just scratches across the vinyl

If the problem is that the cueing control also does not lift the arm high enough, see the Adjustment section of the Owner's Manual:

Aug 25, 2014 | Technics SL-BD22 Turntable

1 Answer

Platter stops when back-cueing

? so you take whole the platter with you when back cueing ..... i would buy some good suzuki slipmats and don't stop and spin the platter backwards , that's allways bad and why pushing that hard....

Dec 06, 2013 | Technics SL-1200MK2 Turntable

1 Answer

Tone arm cueing problem on technics sl 1210

The turntable may not be level and consequently beyond the ability of the balance and antiskate adjustments to correct

Jun 26, 2013 | Panasonic Technics SL-1210MK2 Turntable

1 Answer

I have a Garrard DD75 direct drive turntable. The cuing mechanism will not function.

Every answer here is wrong. Just plain wrong. It's electronic cueing via solenoid control. There are no cams. levers, or any sort of automation, except for the auto lift on the lead out grove. Voltages to the solenoid must be checked. Capacitors that frequently go on these models must also be checked. If you can live without cueing, disconnect the cueing cable (much like a bicycle brake cable) and your cueing will set to off until you can sort it out.

Jul 21, 2012 | Audio Players & Recorders

1 Answer

Technics SL-1700 Mk2, tonearm doesn't lower, cueing doesn't work

There's a rubber belt or O ring that broke. I couldn't find one at Technics, so I took the old parts to the hardware store and found an O ring in plumbing parts that was very close. Been working for years just fine!


Jul 16, 2009 | Technics Audio Players & Recorders

1 Answer

Technics 1210 tonearm skates when cueing vinyl backwards

I've seen this on technics turntables before. Try tightening the screw on the arm.

May 20, 2009 | Technics SL-1210 Turntable

1 Answer

Tone arm cueing problem on Technics SL-BD27.

the auto stop mechanism needs adjusting

Apr 07, 2009 | Technics SL-BD22 Turntable

3 Answers

Tonearm lifter in UP position - how to fix

I have also had this problem with the same model turntable. I opened mine up and the problem seems to have been that the grease on the arm lift and cueing lever was gumming up the linkage between the two. (I suspect that my turntable hadn't been used in some time.) I managed to free up the parts by manually working the the arm lift (pressing it down) several times. I'm not sure that I needed to open up the chasis for this fix but it did help me to see what was going on. Good luck with yours.

Tim Orange

Mar 20, 2009 | Technics SL-BD20D Turntable

1 Answer

Technics turn table

under the tone arm next to the lever ther is a sort of plastic bar which lifts the tone arm when lever is up right, look along that bar and there is a screw which you turn as you would to tighten will see the bar move down,try again and if you still have the same problem repeat the process till done......

Jul 03, 2008 | Technics SL-1210 Turntable

Not finding what you are looking for?
Audio Players & Recorders Logo

Related Topics:

1,506 people viewed this question

Ask a Question

Usually answered in minutes!

Top Audio Players & Recorders Experts


Level 3 Expert

5699 Answers

The Knight
The Knight

Level 3 Expert

76140 Answers


Level 3 Expert

85206 Answers

Are you an Audio Player and Recorder Expert? Answer questions, earn points and help others

Answer questions

Manuals & User Guides