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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
The repair listed is just the start. You can, with a lot of careful work, remove the bottom of the mouth, but your work has just started. You will then have to remove the rod that holds the mouth rod to the mouth slide lever "spine". It has a small spring at the top and I found it easier to disconnect the spring prior to repairing the unit. It is glued in quite well so I suggest a Dremel tool to cut the sides off which you will enable you to remove the rod. Then you can remove the head from the spine without difficulty. Now you will see that the problem is as stated, the string that pulls the mouth open has separated from the motor shaft. The cause of this problem is that the grease that the mouth slide lever rides on has migrated to the string, and then, softened the glue, which allows the string to separate from the motor shaft. Now, clean the shaft and replace the string. The original string is nylon. You should use similar material, NOT cotton string or a rubber band. You can't use the old string as it is soaked with lubricant. Use a good super glue to bond the new string to the motor shaft. Next, test the unit to make sure that the mouth slide lever operates properly. Reassembly of the unit would be: remount the head to the neck, then reattach the mouth rod to the mouth and then reattach the mouth and rod to the mouth slide lever.
Posted on Aug 29, 2009
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It sounds like either the arm disconnected from the gear,or it is a plastic gear which has been stripped.There may be a simple clipring holding the arm to the gear which has popped off also.It would look like about a half circle which may have a couple of tabs on it to be able to open it wide enough to remove or put back on.Is there any way to access it that you can find?The front half and back half may be screwed or clipped together,it sounds like how it would be built anyhow.If you can get to it,you should have either answer just by being able to see it.Just make sure it is unplugged while working on it.Do not just turn it off.Once you find something,try to do whatever it takes(should be one of the above suggestions),then plug it in and turn it on to check it.Good luck! Greg
Posted on Oct 28, 2010
I have had the same trouble. I had to take his head apart and there is a string that is attached to the motor that works his mouth. The string has come unattached and needs fixed. The head is put on with a type of staple around the neck.Take them out and you will see what I mean.
Posted on Jan 16, 2011
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