How do you oil a Howard Miller mantle clock
If your mechanically inclined, and are feeling a bit adventurous you could purchase a bottle of Clock oil from either your local clock shop, or online. A small bottle will last a long time.
It's best to let the clock run completely down first. Set your time to 12:00, remove the hand nut that holds the minute hand on, and remove the minute hand. Remove the hour hand by pulling out away from the dial. Look inside the case, and remove the screws that hold the movement in the case. Remove the movement carefully making sure not to touch the escapement. Now you have access to all the bushings (small dots where the gear arbors show through the plates) front, and back. Clean off any buildup you see on the bushings with say a cotton swab, toothbrush, pipe cleaner, and a descent remover. I use Goof Off if I'm out in the field cleaning a floor clock. After your sure you've wiped off all residue you now put a very small drop of oil on each bushing. Now work the oil in by using a pair of tweezers to wiggle each gear back and forth between the plates. Do not get oil on the gears them selves just the bushings on the out side of the plates. Now put it back in the case with the screws you removed, put the hour hand back on positioned at the 12, put the hour hand back on also positioned at the 12 so it's showing 12:00, and tighten the nut finger tight. Don't over tighten.
Winder up, set the time, and see how it goes. Buzz has the better idea though, and your local clock shop could probably use the business. Good Luck
on Jan 24, 2015