Stiff hinge..I try and it work!!..Take out the hinge from your laptop.. put the hinge area into the flame (gas cooker at your kitchen). put it for 3 or 4 minutes. Immidiately soak it into cold water. It will loose a bit. if neccessary, repeat the process until you satisfied.
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what is stiff (add a noun here)
clutch pedal stiff
shifter lever stiff.
grinds , a bad clutch will make the lever seem stiff or will grind, if forced.
gears balk? same as stiff.
false neutrals. (slips , gear not engaging)
You possibly have corrosion or contamination built up in the lever pivot point. Disconnect the cable and try lever - if it is stiff or difficult to move, you'll need to take the handle off, clean pivot and contact points with a SOFT wire brush ( brass brush recommended) lube it with white lithium grease and re-install. check for freedom of movement before re-installing cable. If it moves ok but cable is stiff, you'll want to next lube the cable with a liquid spray lube - sometimes the new cables are not properly lubed!!
Lubricate the hinge or the hinge will have to be replaced.. I recommend wd40 first, then a finger tip amount of grease on top of hinge pin. the oil from the grease will keep the hinge constantly lubricated. It's not too late.
I have the same problem with the side doors of my 04 express. I put penetrating oil on the hinge pin with a hypodermic needle (hard to find). It is important that the oil gets into the hinge. I bent one set of hinges and broke a hinge because I waited too long to oil the hinge. The door may not close correctly because the hinge may be slightly bent. Keep all other hinges well lubed especially during the winter months when the hinges can be exposed to road salt. Fixing a bent hinge is difficult at best.
These systems use a pretty generic hinge set-up. These can be dealt with in two ways, one involving a safer method for future adjustments. The hinges are two separate bars on each side of the monitor with friction cuffs that use the tension between their two pieces to hold the monitor stiff. Generally my experience with Acer models is that they ALL ship with pretty stiff hinges, which is a double-edged blade. Stock hinges that don't click when fresh have a tendency to need replacing after a couple years, where as my acer TM4K hinges are still strong today after 4. The best way to loosen these babies up is to just use it. About an average of 75 open/close cycles break in the hinge to where it stays nice & tight, but stops clicking or cracking. The other way, which is for those who are afraid the LCD housing will crack it's so tight, is to take the monitor off, but not apart, carefully using two pairs of needle-nose pliers, hold steady the monitor end with one set and with the other, flex the flat end of the now loose hinge back and forth as far as you can get it to move until you feel it is to the right strength.
It helps to mention that too little is better than too much, as I see a good amount of people burnt out with their Compaq Evo & Presario (ca.2001-2) hinges, falling to the ground soon as you let it go, only 6 months after their last replacement set.
Had the same problem/same symptoms, just after it started to get stiff in the hinge and make the sound of wires being "crinkled." When I inspected it closely, I could see that the left hinge has excessive play, i.e., it's loose. I expect to remove the screen and find that the hinge/connector assembly went bad, put stress on some of the wires (or allowed enough play for a connector to lose firm contact), and killed the video. I replaced mine, used Motorola Mobile Phone Tools software to pull off all the data, and let it be. Best of luck.