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65: Slight squeaks from the card reader
01-09-2020, 02:12 PM
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RE: 65: Slight squeaks from the card reader
Quote:I know there's some kind of clutch that could be slipping,

There is no clutch in any of the 41/65/67 card readers. Somebody said that long ago and for some reason it has stuck, but it's quite incorrect. What people call the "clutch" is the motor output shaft, a coupler, which rather than being completely rigid, has an elastomeric bit in its middle between two metal ends. The idea of such of coupler is to slightly dampen out the pulsations in the motor output drive.

The elastomer in that shaft, like that in the infamous drive wheel, can fail over time which can result in slippage from one side of the shaft to the other. Such slippage *might* be why people call it a clutch, but that's a mistake. It's not supposed to disengage, slip, and re-engage (like a clutch would). When the coupler in the card reader does that, it has failed. Geoff Quickfall has a video on YouTube that nicely shows how he has done a repair. He uses electric wire insulation as a new elastomer. People might squirm thinking that is not the exact specification as the original elastomer and while they are probably right, I suspect the tolerance of what "works plenty fine" is pretty broad.

In any event, the "squeak" you hear might be that coupler starting to give up the ghost. Is the squeaking happening in concert with a jerking feed of the card into the reader? If the shaft is slipping, that will be reflected in the card motion. Personally, I probably would live with a little noise unless it fails completely or you had reason to open the calculator for other reasons.
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RE: 65: Slight squeaks from the card reader - burkhard - 01-09-2020 02:12 PM

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