If you have a clock you like and the mechanism that runs it stops working, you can replace it yourself! This is a good DIY to learn! The trick is buying the right new quartz mechanism with the correct size shaft.
I learned a lot about buying the right piece to fit a clock I wanted to keep! I'll show you where I bought mine, how I chose the right type and size, how I took the old mechanism off of the clock, and how I put the new mechanism and the new hands on the clock.
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So glad I found your video when I entered "how to remove a clock movement mechanism". The instructions showed how to install, but not disassemble. When I started reversing the steps, removing the the first piece (on a 25 year old clock) was intimidating! It really helped when I watched you just pop that piece off. Thanks for giving me the courage to use a little "gentle force" when disassembling a special family clock ☺💕
I am a clock collector and I repair clocks to, I was not that good at repairing quartz clocks, so I ran into this video, that clock is so cute, my grandparents would like it, any clue were u got it from? Thanks!
THANK YOU FOR MAKING THIS!!! I took a chance an typed in my problem, your is first vid I found and so glad I did, excellent vid, you are just wonderful and explain it very clearly and well, and you are just lovely person.
Yes, I think I will, gave me the courage to at least try. First I have to figure out how to take the movement out of the metal case it's in. The whole clock is a big, heavy metal piece made in India, the movement is too.
Great video, but don't order from that vendor. They charge ridiculous amounts for shipping. $10 ground shipping for a 2-oz part? Never again! Oh, yeah, they don't respond to cancel my order emails very well. They wait until it's out the door then tell you they will have to charge a $10 restocking fee.
im going to install a battery mechanism on an old electrical drive one due to the fact its broken now and that wire to an outlet is ugly anyway. you could paint that brass insert in the middle black tho ;-)
Thanks for this. I have my mother's clock up on my wall and it has not worked for a while now. I know I could buy a new one for not very much, but since my mother is gone, I wanted to keep her clock up. Plus I really like how it looks. This gives me the confidence that I can fix it.
Instead of buying a new movement for a 5$ clock. You could just buy another 5$ clock and swap movements. Just be sure that you can find the correct hands. But then you can find the movements locally and they should only cost 5$ as well. On ebay they're only 5$ and free S&H.
Oh ya, I must add: MUSERING? What accent is that? :)
Also consider more than just price and fit ....Style/color of hands (originals likely wont fit new motor of course you CAN paint em!) ) ...do you want a sweep second hand? Do ticking clocks bother you? If so look for silent model battery movements...finally carefully consider if it is really worth it even! Go on ebay or amazon and look for the same clock amazing how cheap or common a lot of em are
I have actually just silicone glued in battery movements that did not fit ....works great! The CHEAPEST out is to use a surplus "donor clock" that no wants hanging on their wall and just transplant the motor and hands ...like I say if she wont fit? Silicone glue! Shaft too long? Try gluing a spacer washers (can even MAKE washers out of scrap plastic etc) between replacement motor....btw you can make about anything into a clock ...an old vinyl album? A round saw blade? Even a dinner place if you have drill skills to drill ceramics (typically just a matter of using a masonry bit .....high speed slow gentle push!
For the little piece that is the wrong color, to make it appear less noticeable, how about a dab of black magic marker ink?
Great little video. It covered everything I'd wanted to know about whether I could do this project myself. Very inspiring. Thanks!
There are may reasons people might want to fix the clock they already have. I have a 30 year old mantle clock that has sentimental value that I am hoping to fix. I am also considering fixing a wall clock my father bought me. Both items could be replaced fairly cheaply but wouldn't carry the same emotional connection for me. Everyone thinks differently about how they want to invest in the items they surround themselves with. It's not always just money.
Yeh, I saw the original price sticker, $10. Ha ha!
I totally understand spending more than the clock itself to repair it. I have the perfect $4 clearance sale clock on my wall that I can't imagine finding the perfect replacement. Wasting time shopping, and paying more than the $20 she's spent in parts & shipping.
Wanted to add that if you have small enough tools you can take apart the clock mechanism and brush the debris out of the gear divots. My clock is really old and stop working. I took it apart and noticed white debris that had rubbed off the gears. Put it back together and it runs quietly and the seconds hands is swift and smooth.
You may not need a new mechanism.
I just fixed 3 of this type of clock this week. IN EVERY CASE the problem was the pressure contacts between the battery connectors & the electronics board inside the movement. My clue to this was that fiddling with the battery contacts could make the clock run for a short time, but then it would stop again.
First check the contacts to the battery itself. If the battery has leaked, you may need to use a little water on a cotton swab to dissolve the resultant deposit. GENTLY polish with some metal polish if needed, If they are badly corroded you may need a new mechanism, OR you can buy a separate 1-cell battery case & solder its leads directly to the electronics board of the disassembled mechanism, if that is all that is wrong; if you are capable of this level of fine soldering, you probably don't need any more instructions!
Carefully remove the hands, remove the mechanism from the clock face (usually a nut on the face side, but may also be glued), & disassemble the mechanism - you need to be a somewhat good at dealing with small parts, & note carefully the location of all the gears - take photos as you go & use a magnifier to see what you are doing. There are a few videos around to show you how to do all this.
Once you have the electronics board free, gently scrape the contacts (2 spring type from the battery, 2 flat on the PCB) with a plastic blade to remove the small amount of corrosion that has formed around them: the contacts should now look evenly bright). Re-assemble just the electronics board & battery connectors into the mechanism housing, place the motor armature in position (the gear & attached magnet that sit by the solenoid coil), and insert the battery. If the armature now "ticks" (& it did not before you cleaned the contacts), you likely have fixed the problem.
Carefully re-assemble the mechanism, re-attach it to the face, & re-attach the hands, making sure that the hands will not foul on themselves or anything else as they rotate. Use a gentle blower on the mech to make sure that you have not introduced any dirt.
If cleaning the contacts does not work (too corroded), then you can bodge the connections by soldering a ~30 gauge copper magnet wire to each contact on the PCB & wire-wrap the other end around their respective battery connectors. The connector bars on these clocks don't seem amenable to soldering, so tight wire-wrapping (so that the edge of the connector bar cuts slightly into the bared wire) is the only option, unless you are good at micro-riveting! Again, if you are that good at soldering you probably don't need more help!
About 15 minutes work & no parts cost, & you keep the original hands & sound of your clock! Good luck!
It probably does take longer to read than perform! But if you include the time taken to select and order a replacement, it's still probably quicker to repair than replace, and why throw away a perfectly serviceable unit?
But if you can't comprehend some fairly simple instructions . . .
Where else are you going to buy it? If I could find that part in a local store, I would buy it locally. Since I can't find it locally, I'm paying $18 for the part to fix my clock. Or I can just buy a whole new clock....
Thanks for this video. It was very helpful... I found a 27 inch clock in the trash and want to repair it so I can fill it with pictures and place on my bedroom wall. Was checking the cost of a clock that size and they start around $100. This will save me a ton...Thanks again.
Oh my gosh. I've had a little clock in my husbands man cave that stopped working several years ago but I keep it out just because I like the look of it. Never occurred to me that I could fix it. I'm a clock person and have them all over the house. I think table clocks are an under rated decorator touch. I love your little clock and how great that the new mechanism doesn't tick! Laurie
Check out the company I used. Until I spoke with them I didn't know I had to find exactly the right size mechanism for my clock. Buying the right kind and size made all the difference! Thanks for watching!
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