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HiFiFun

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Help w/ RCA RP215 changer rebuild
« on: December 04, 2017, 11:50:29 AM »
Howdy all,
Requesting next steps to take for diagnosing this problem:

1. When reject lever is engaged, changer tonearm lifts up,
moves away from platter so dropping record will clear.
Tonearm then moves slightly toward the platter, and descends
down to the right of tonearm support.

2. Initial removal of cycle slide and cycle gear. Good cleaning
off of all grease/dirt. Trip pawl on cycle gear removed, and
cleaned of all dirt/grease.

3. Owner of RP-215 says that this spring (photo) did fall out from
under the changer.
I have counted and documented all the springs that should
be on the changer using Sams photofact exploded diagram.
I see no missing spring at this point.

4. Further dis-assembly of changer to follow, but I'd like
to know where the current problem may lie.

Enclosing photos and change cycle description.

HiFiFun

Magnavoxland

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Re: Help w/ RCA RP215 changer rebuild
« Reply #1 on: December 05, 2017, 01:03:51 PM »
Those little short springs like this always go up in the tonearm area somewhere (circled in picture....)

Look for holes with no spring in the hole......

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Re: Help w/ RCA RP215 changer rebuild
« Reply #2 on: December 05, 2017, 01:07:37 PM »
Also check the motorboard below the platter to see if this spring might go there somewhere.  Seems like there is one short spring there too.....

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Re: Help w/ RCA RP215 changer rebuild
« Reply #3 on: December 05, 2017, 02:56:59 PM »
Thanks, Larry.

1. I have an RP-205 that I used for comparing springs
in the tonearm pivot lever area you circled. The mech
is essentially the same in that area. No place for another spring.

2. Checked the motorboard and all springs are in place.

3. One of the trip link tabs was bent, straightened, but I
didn't expect that to change the problem.

I'm trying to collate the written description of the change cycle to
what I am seeing. So far, I don't see bent tabs/levers et cetera.
Wish I had a duplicate for reference, but even then, the problem
may not be so evident.
HFF

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Re: Help w/ RCA RP215 changer rebuild
« Reply #4 on: December 05, 2017, 11:10:58 PM »
Larry,
I stand corrected, there was a second place for
an ancillary pickup arm return spring.

What threw me off was that the RP-215 spring and
spring post was much smaller than the ones in the
RP-205 I was using as a reference.

Working past 10 PM may not allow for my eyes
to function well !

The cycling functions are working well, and I only have the
motor to dis-assemble and clean.
Then hopefully back to the owner in time for Christmas
records.
HFF

Magnavoxland

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Re: Help w/ RCA RP215 changer rebuild
« Reply #5 on: December 06, 2017, 03:46:26 PM »
Good you found out where the extra spring goes.  For some reason they tend to work much better with all their springs in place....lol.

Now, enjoy the music.