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Music Box Record Player.....have taken it apart without any problem....sprayed metal parts with WD 40...this loosened the parts and now they can be turned with my fingers...winder button now makes a ratcheting sound which it did not before.....however the spring apparently never tightens...I suspect the spring inside is broken...any suggestions?

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WD40 leaves a residue behind to help prevent moisture. Unfortunately, the residue can gum up the internal workings of some items and prevent them from functioning properly. I'm afraid that you are right and that the spring may be damaged. Weather this is from the WD40 or not, I don't know.

Good news though, is there is a group that repairs old toys. Their web site is http://www.thisoldtoy.com/l_fp_set/toy-pages/900-999/995-musicboxrecordplayer.html

Toward the bottom, you can reach them by email and arrange to have this repaired through them.

As a rule of thumb, don't use WD40 if you want it to work next week too. The chemicals in it end up gumming up the inner workings. I've used WD40 as a cleaner when I need to remove rusting. When something requires light oil, a good 3-in1 oil is best.

A bit of trivia for you - WD-40 stands for Water Displacement, 40th attempt. Makes you wonder, if they would have gotten it right on the 39th attempt, they would have called it WD-39???

Good luck,
Mark

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In 1958, the Rocket Chemical Company realized that selling WD-40 for public use as a lubricant spray could be a very profitable endeavor. Today, WD-40 widely available in hardware and discount stores. There are five delivery systems for the product: WD-40 aerosel is the traditional delivery format; the WD-40 Smart Straw is a can with a permanently attached straw; the WD-40 No-Mess Pen allows you to use the product while on the run; WD-40 bulk/non-aerosol is offered in gallon and 55-gallon containers for large jobs; and the WD-40 Big Blast provides a wider spray pattern and larger can size.
Although WD-40 has a very distinctive smell, there is nothing dangerous in the product. The odor is simply the result of a fragrance added during the manufacturing process. The primary ingredients in the product are mineral spirits, liquefied petroleum gas, and mineral oil. The exact formula of WD-40 is a highly guarded trade secret, however.
For automotive repair, WD-40 has many uses. It can drive moisture out of the high- and low-tension electrical components of a motor engine and loosen nuts or screws. If you're trying to keep your car in top shape, WD-40 is also good for restoring and cleaning padded leather dashboards in vehicles.
Around your home, WD-40 can fix noisy door hinges, keep scissors working smoothly, loosen rusted screws, stop electric fans from squeaking, and lubricate the tracks in your windows to make them easier to open. Many people also report that spraying WD-40 on hand tools is a good way to prevent rust damage. Although it seems hard to believe, WD-40 is also a great household cleaning product. It is good for removing lipstick or tomato stains from your laundry. You can use it to remove stubborn duct tape residue, clean splattered grease off your stove, keep glass shower doors free of water spots, clean stainless steel sinks, and camouflage scratches in ceramic or marble floors. WD-40 will even take oil spots off concrete driveways.

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In 1958, the Rocket Chemical Company realized that selling WD-40 for public use as a lubricant spray could be a very profitable endeavor. Today, WD-40 widely available in hardware and discount stores. There are five delivery systems for the product: WD-40 aerosel is the traditional delivery format; the WD-40 Smart Straw is a can with a permanently attached straw; the WD-40 No-Mess Pen allows you to use the product while on the run; WD-40 bulk/non-aerosol is offered in gallon and 55-gallon containers for large jobs; and the WD-40 Big Blast provides a wider spray pattern and larger can size.
Although WD-40 has a very distinctive smell, there is nothing dangerous in the product. The odor is simply the result of a fragrance added during the manufacturing process. The primary ingredients in the product are mineral spirits, liquefied petroleum gas, and mineral oil. The exact formula of WD-40 is a highly guarded trade secret, however.
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