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French Clock Stops at Warning

derwiener

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I have a French clock that has been disassembled, cleaned, reassembled, and properly oiled. Most of the time it runs fine. However, once and a while it stops about 5 minutes before the hour, right at the warning. I notice a slight resistance when I push the pendulum to restart the clock, so I assume it must be getting hung up on something that causes it to stop only at the warning. I'm not sure where to look, so I would very much appreciate any suggestions how to remedy this situation.

Thank you very much!

Paul
 

svenedin

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I have a French clock that has been disassembled, cleaned, reassembled, and properly oiled. Most of the time it runs fine. However, once and a while it stops about 5 minutes before the hour, right at the warning. I notice a slight resistance when I push the pendulum to restart the clock, so I assume it must be getting hung up on something that causes it to stop only at the warning. I'm not sure where to look, so I would very much appreciate any suggestions how to remedy this situation.

Thank you very much!

Paul
count wheel or rack strike?
 

Mike Phelan

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Probably just needs dismantling and cleaning? The resistance when you try to start it might be that the 'scape wheel isn't moving with having goop on the pivots, so be careful!
 

Dick Feldman

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Your clock is showing symptoms of low power to the escapement. As you have been scratching your head, I am sure you have suspected the main spring and the escapement. Probably that is the wrong approach as the main spring and escapement normally get the blame when they are victims of the real problem.
You have done the preventative things and now you must concentrate on the curative things. Clean, oil and adjust are primarily preventative and your clock is beyond that doing any good. The power in your clock has degraded to the point that it cannot go into warn every time. Your clock is not dependable due to wear. Wear causing friction which causes power loss.
My bet is that if you install bushings at all wear points, your clock will become dependable again. I say all wear points because clocks are not prone to wear at only one or two places. Doing a half job will result in the clock again failing when one of the ignored wear points becomes an issue and stops the clock.

Best of luck,

Dick
 

Ralph

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Is your strike side set up right... the gears timed correctly. There are often marks on the gears and pinion leaves to aid in timing. Otherwise, you need to make sure the hammer is not on the rise after the warning trips.

Is the gathering pallet getting hung up in the rack?

Ralph
 

Mike Phelan

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I must admit that I've never had to bush a pivot on a French roulant clock in the last fifty years. I'd go with Ralph here - a mixture of incorrect timing and dirty pivots.
 
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Yes. I've seen the rising warning lever hit the warning pin as it's rising. Sometimes it will bounce off and work fine. But other times it will stop the lever from lifting any further, which in turn will stop the clock.
Next time is stops like that, look at the warning pin to see if it's jammed on the lever.
 

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