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I have a Pentax ME Super that, after sitting for a couple of days, double advances before it catches. After that it works fine until it again sits for a day or two, and then it does it again. Any ideas on the cause? Thanks.

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It almost certainly is due to sticky dried-out lubricant inside the camera. If the camera has never been serviced then it's been drying out since at least 1984 when Pentax ceased production of the ME Super.

It probably just needs a professional CLA service (Clean Lubricate Adjust) which will then keep it going for a few more years. It's also worth paying a one-off fee to have the foam light seals replaced as they will be on the way to becoming a corrosive black goo by now.

Although most 35mm SLR cameras are near worthless, a recently serviced and foam replaced ME Super will definitely be worth reasonable money. Still not quite as much as you'll have spenton servicing though so only get the servicing done if you intend to use the camera for at least a year to get your money's worth.

DO NOT try to take a cheap shortcut by squirting WD40 inside. You'll instantly ruin your camera.

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