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Just got an old zenith stereo cabinet with turntable. The turntable motor runs, but the turntable itself will not turn freely. Any advice on how to "get in there" and free up the mechanism?

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In between motor pully and turntable there is a idelar wheel just replact it

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One popular brand of turntable was the BSR but the design of other brands were similar. The metal gears aren't for driving the turntable but to drive the multichange mechanism so when one record has finished playing another will drop from the stack loaded onto the extended centre spindle.

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