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www.bogentripodparts.com you may need a new leg lock, you have to loosen it enough and the leg should come out. Send us some pictures at [email protected] and we will probably be able to set you up with something.
I had the same problem with the Manfrotto 685B, and it was due to the grease from the middle section leaking into its locking mechanism. I fixed the problem by:
1. Detach the middle from the bottom section by twisting the metal hub between them counterclockwise.
2. Wipe the grease off from the middle section's locking mechanism, especially from the three gray protrusions.
3. Use a bit of dish detergent to degrease the inside shaft of the bottom section.
4. Dry thoroughly.
5. Reassemble the section back, pressing the monopod release lever to facilitate the insertion. Reclose the metal hub.
If it was second-hand or pre-owned, the previous owner may have applied some form of lubricant to it. From a look at the images on the Net, it appears that the upper sections are adjusted by twist grips. If this is so, just unscrew them and separate the leg sections carefully, after which they can be cleaned. There may be a bevelled collar within, to grip the section - be careful with it.
The bottom section seems to have a standard lever lock. There should be a couple of screws holding this to the middle section - loosen these, then slide the leg portion out and clean it as well. When re-assembling this part DO NOT over tighten the screws - just enough to prevent the locking collar from moving.
Sorry, the mechanism and how it is put together should be repaired my Manfrotto. It has a one yar warranty when you bought it, and if you went to the Manfrotto website and registered it then the warranty is 3 years.
Because of the way the locking mechanism works inside the tripod I would recommend that you send the tripod back to Manfrotto / Bogen for repair. None of the parts inside the legs should be oiled, as the lubrication from the factory is enough. The parts not working is a symptom of a part being damaged or defective.
Manfrotto Distribution / Bogen Imaging Company ATTN: Service
Dept. 565 East Crescent Ave, Ramsey, NJ 07446
Vivitar has been out of the tripod business for a few years now. They may no longer have the parts. You may be able to find another V900 and scavage the parts. Make sure the model numbers match exactly. The V900SE is a different year and does not share the same parts as the V900.
take it apart, there is a rubber ring like a belt or rubber band, either broken or missing. you will have to find a relacement for that, may have to take apart another leg to have one to compare, course I don't honestly know where you will find that piece. too take it apart just keep spinning the lock counterclockwise until it comes off. good luck.