Are you worried because your record player has stopped spinning? There are quite a few possible reasons for a turntable that won’t spin, and usually, they are easy to diagnose and fix. We will help you figure out what is causing the problem with your record player and show you exactly how to remedy it.
- Remove the Platter
- Put Platter Upside Down on a Flat Surface
- Turn the Platter and Put it in its Original Position
However, before we just into the easy fix there are a number of things that can cause a record player to stop spinning. To correctly determine what the problem is, it’s necessary to have an understanding of how a record player works. That is a fact whether you have a record player with a belt-drive turntable or one with a direct drive turntable.
With our substantial knowledge of record players, we are equipped to help you find out precisely what your particular difficulty is and solve it.
Why Record Players Stop Spinning
When your record player suddenly ceases to work, you probably draw a sharp intake of breath. But don’t go into panic mode just yet. Sure it’s easy to think that something inside the record player has broken and you will have to buy a new one, but that’s seldom the case with a record player that stops spinning. Here are some of the reasons why this might happen.
1. Arm is Not Reset — This is a simple matter to fix. Manual record players have a tonearm that has to be pushed back into the reset position for it to work. Should it not be reset, the record player will not spin.
Should it appear that the tonearm is not pushed back far enough, lift it and move it over to the right side. There will be a clicking sound to tell you that the arm is now reset.
This is why you should always reset the arm before you begin playing a new record, to keep this problem from repeating itself.
2. Belt Problems — If the turntable is a belt-drive type, the belt may have loosened or crumbled away. When the belt is not in the right place or is damaged, the platter stops spinning.
If the belt is just out of place or loose, you can fix it by repositioning or tightening the belt. However, if the belt has rotted away, you will have no choice but to buy a new one because a belt-drive record player cannot function correctly without one.
3. Direct Drive Problem — When it comes to dealing with direct drive record players, it can be hard to find precisely what the problem is. Another possible reason for a record player that has stopped spinning could be difficulties with the drive motor’s internal mechanism.
Drive record players can have many reasons why the record player stops spinning. There could be dirt and debris stuck in the shaft and motor components. A stuck platter or a faulty on and off switch can also create issues. There is also the likelihood that the motor’s power is cut off, or the player just isn’t plugged in. Don’t feel bad. It happens.
Typically, you should haven’t had much trouble fixing these problems on your own, but figuring out which parts need replacement can be challenging, and then locating the correct replacement parts.
The ideal way to keep such problems from cropping up is to do regular maintenance. Keeping the record player clean and free of debris is a great preventive measure. Not only that, but regular upkeep and oiling also help extend the life of a record player.
Advice to Keep a Record Player Spinning
If a record player stops spinning, that usually means there are problems with either the belt or motor. Correct problems as soon as they occur, and proper cleanup will keep your record player in excellent condition.
1. Oil and Dust the Record Player — It might seem like a job you can let go when there are so many other things to do, but you must take the time to dust and oil your record player and check the condition of the belt regularly. Concentrate on keeping dust from the on and off switches and put a protective dust cover over the record player.
Furthermore, if you think that the sound, speed, and pitch quality is not up to par, check the record player for indications of belt decay.
Just like every other appliance out there, a record player requires care and maintenance. If you keep an eye on your record player and take good care of it, it should keep on spinning and creating an excellent sound for many years.
How to Check and Fix the Belt
If your record player won’t spin, check the belt and see its condition. Make sure it is in the correct position. Plus, check the belt’s condition and see if it’s corroding or might need to be replaced.
The belt won’t just abruptly stop working. It will give you some indication that it is on its last legs. The one sign you will pay the most heed to is when the record player spins at the wrong speed, produces lousy sound quality, or stops spinning altogether.
In order to replace the belt and get the record player spinning again, you first need to purchase a belt that is compatible with your record player. Check the instruction manual because it will have all the details about the size, width, and thickness of the belt needed for your model.
If you don’t have the manual anymore, do an online search for it. Most record player manuals are posted on the Internet. In case you are unable to find yours, search for the company’s name that makes your turntable and get in touch with them to request a manual, or you can even directly ask them what type of belt you need.
Once you have the belt, you are all set to begin the process of replacing the old belt. Just don’t start without unplugging the record player first and removing the plastic covering that protects the platter.
1. Remove the Platter — Unscrew the C shaped clip with any screwdriver you have handy. Save the clip because you will want to use it later.
2. Put Platter Upside Down on a Flat Surface — Once the platter releases, take it and turn it to its backside, then place it on a smooth surface. You will see a circular lid on the inner side of the platter. Carefully straighten your belt and move it over the circular inner lid. Continue to move the belt until it snaps into place slowly. You should have removed the damaged belt before doing this.
3. Turn the Platter and Put it in its Original Position — Pull the belt from the access points and pull it over the drive motor. Push the platter into place and hook on the C shaped clip. Now your belt and player are ready to use.