Strikeside click problem

Discussion in 'Clock Repair' started by Mark F. Tooze, May 14, 2008.

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  1. Mark F. Tooze

    Mark F. Tooze Registered User

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    I have an American 30 hour clock on which the strike side click slips causing the spring to let down rapidly. I've tried tightening the rivet by tapping it with my brass hammer. That doesn't seem to solve the problem permanently. I have thought about putting more of a bend in the spring to put more pressure on the click, but am not sure that is the best approach. Anyone had any experiences with this they can share? Thank you.
     
  2. Mark F. Tooze

    Mark F. Tooze Registered User

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    To be a little more precise, the click ends up not engaging the gear teeth thus allowing the spring to let down in an undesirable manner.
     
  3. harold bain

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    Mark, I would replace the click, if it has too much play on its rivet. The usual parts suppliers should have a suitable replacement, with spring, and rivet.
     
  4. Kevin W.

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    Hi Mark and welcome .
    Is the problem with the spring is not holding the click onto the ratchet wheel.
    Just trying to understand, somedays i am a little slow.:clap:
     
  5. Thyme

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    Mark,

    From what you are describing, it sounds like there is too much wear or play in the rivet, which would cause the click to be sloppy in engaging the ratchet teeth.

    You will need to repair that rivet, either by peening it more effectively (if it is merely loose) or by replacing it. To do that you will need to disassemble the movement to get at the rivet.
     

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