Cuckoo chimes and cuckoo's too fast

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  1. blindowl1234

    blindowl1234 New Member

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    I have a cuckoo clock from George Kuehl Clock Co Chicago, Illinois circa 1900. I've had it since 1981 and over the years no major issues until recently.
    It cuckoo's on the half hour fine, the top of the hour is the problem. For instance at noon it will cuckoo very fast for say the first four cuckoo's at noon, ABC1Cuckoo.jpg then something
    appears to engage and the rest of the cuckoo's are normal. I've looked and there's nothing that appears worn or out of place inside. Any ideas on what to look for?
    It was working fine one day and then the next it just started this problem. Thanks in advance.
     
  2. Willie X

    Willie X Registered User

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    The fly at the top of the movement is probably loose on it's shaft. Test by holding the fly's shaft stationery with one finger and turning the fly. You should feel some resistance. No resistance ... best to remove the fly to restore the tension/friction.
    Willie X
     
  3. blindowl1234

    blindowl1234 New Member

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    #3 blindowl1234, Mar 19, 2017
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    Thanks! I didn't see a fly unless I can't see it. I attached a pic of the inside. ABC1Cuckooguts.jpg
     
  4. THTanner

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    Here are two pictures of a similar movement- although not lyre - showing where the fly should be and yours with a red arrow pointing to the arbor where the fly should be attached. Note that the fly is quite small. On mine it is approx 12 x 24 mm.

     

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  5. blindowl1234

    blindowl1234 New Member

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    Ok I see it in the picture now. Looks like a project for next weekend maybe. Thanks
     
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    Timesavers, Black Forrest and others have fans and fan blanks if you need some

     
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