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Original Freeplay windup radio.

Aerial broken and winder is noisy when winding down. I live in Surrey. Any idea where I can get my radio repaired and serviced?

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Tony,

Can't help you with the aerial. Mine made the same noise when winding down and I fixed that by pouring talcum powder around the windup section. Let it unwind and allow the talcum to go in,,,, and presto.......no more grinding noises.

Carlo

Posted on Oct 01, 2008

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    shrewz92 Jan 26, 2013

    Carlo, did you open the case, or just pour the talcum around the edges of the crank-form?

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It sounds like your drive belt has worn out. Check ebay, there is a guy who sells the belts. it is a thin O ring type drive belt and is simple to fix. Search for "baygen belt".

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