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Crank problem When I crank the radio the unit winds down very quickly. It make a very loud turbine noise.

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  • Anonymous Mar 30, 2009

    I bet the rubber belt has jumped off the pulleys. I have a radio and a flashlight with the same problem. Suspect the rubber belt has stretched and will not stay on. I called Freeplay and they do not support the older models anymore. There should be a belt available that would fix this problem. Maybe an electronics drive belt, or possibly an o-ring that would fit.

  • Jim Falls
    Jim Falls Feb 23, 2017

    That's exactly the problem w/mine. The drive belt is stretched and slips like this when the unit is fully wound. Try 30 turns and see if it helps. I will look at McMaster-Carr. they have many esoteric items and have saved me many times.

  • Jim Falls
    Jim Falls Feb 23, 2017

    I'm going to try one of these:



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The Freeplay isn't really designed as a crank and play for long term. Stick it in the sun on a sunny day and let the internal battery charge fully, it'll work much longer.

Posted on Jan 12, 2008



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The drive mechanism has failed. try this. ensure it is fully unwound. then open it. then look for some part of the drive gears or belt that has broken or has slipped off. caution, you MUST ensure it is fully unwound prior to opening it.

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