Question about Nikon 18-70mm f/3.5-4.5G ED-IF AF-S DX Zoom Nikkor Lens

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Zoom mechanism making noise

my 18-70 's zoom mechanism has gone bad. It works, but makes a grinding noise when used. It was smooth for about a year. Is it bad? Can it be fixed by myself? is it going to cost me big $ to get it repaired.

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  • pavanpeddu May 28, 2008

    Thanks Lee. I will try these and let you know. It still works, takes a little more effort to twist the zoom ring and then ofcourse the grinding noises.:-(

  • Abdulkader.Abdulhusain Goryawala

    I am having 18mm-135mm Nikkor lense fix on D-200 Nikon SLR Digital Camera having same bird chirping noise when I Auto focus and focus is not locking it locks when I use wide Angle but does not lock on Close up lens is going inside out and make sound like bird chirping so please give me the solution I think Auto focus mechanism is at fault or Auto Focus sensor chip does not locked SWM motor to exact Focus point. Please give me proper advice what to do. my E-mail adress is


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Well i had the same issue and i just slammed it (carefully of course) on the desk and it started working.... does it still zoom or does it just click and grind? also try zooming in and turning the lens faster outward or the oppsite direction to see if you can jump it back into the correct place on the gears.... my best guess is that it got dropped or the kids sat on it... and it made the gears slip into a bad place....

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Posted on May 27, 2008

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    Lee N. May 28, 2008

    ok let me know if you need anymore help please rember to rate the solution feel free to e-mail me at


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