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Old 13th Aug 2019, 9:09 pm   #1
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Hello ,
I have just joined this forum in the hope that someone will be able to help me .
I have a smiths selectric clock which has been working for 2 years since it was cleaned by a local clock repairer who wasnít keen but did take a look .
Recently we had a power cut and now the clock seems to start but will not continue to run and the hands drop back and donít seem to be engaging.
I can hear the motor humming so I think the motor is ok .
Any suggestions on how to repair or if this is serious and the final straw for my kitchen clock .
Many thanks for any suggestions received.
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Old 14th Aug 2019, 9:03 am   #2
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Hi Royston and welcome.

I think we need to know what sort of Smiths it is - pictures would be good. Is it a self-starting clock?

If it's humming it means that the stator winding is OK so there is something is stopping it actually running.

Not sure what you mean by the hands 'dropping back'.
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Old 17th Aug 2019, 8:28 am   #3
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Is it possible the hands have simply come loose on the shafts? Have had this with a garden clock we have.
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