Lynton 2E Chime not working

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  1. William eppler

    William eppler New Member

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    Hi this is my first post we purchased this Seth Thomas 2E mantle clock last weekend at a yard sale. The clock keeps perfect time plugged in but it doesn’t strike the chimes on the hour and half hour. I did everything it said to on the instructions to release all the arms holding everything in place.

    It makes a noise on the half and hour like something is moving inside but I can’t see what it might be. I’ve tried continuing to turn the dial it says to if it’s not making any noise to no avail. I can lift the arm and let it drop and the chimes sound so it doesn’t appear obstructed. At a glance I can’t tell what might be the problem and my wife is dying to hear this thing work so any help is greatly appreciated!

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  2. R. Croswell

    R. Croswell Registered User

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    At least you now know why it was in the yard sale. I believe this one has a spring that powers the strike (chime) function. The electric motor has insufficient power to directly power the striking so it winds the spring that powers the strike train. it is designed to continuously wind the spring and to "slip" when the spring is fully wound. When you turned the knob as directed you are pre-winding the spring after which the electric motor should keep it wound. There are a number of possible issues that might keep the strike from working, in including failure of the strike powering spring. Unless you are somewhat familiar with servicing electric/mechanical clocks, or want to learn (and this one isn't a good place to begin that experience), You will probably need to take this one to a qualified clock repair shop. The problem is likely either in the front of the movement (invisible while in the case) or between the plates. If you remove the hands, and then remove the movement from the case and post pictures of what's on the front of the movement and what you see between the plates someone may (or may not) be able to spot the problem.

    Perhaps your question would get more help if posted in the electric horology section. My experience is somewhat limited with these. At least this post will move this to the top of the list again.

    RC
     
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    And be careful of those wires. If one of the coil wires comes loose, you may lose the clock.
     
  4. JTD

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    Perhaps a moderator could move this to the Electric Horology section.

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