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Hi! Joseph, My name is XXXXX XXXXX it is my pleasure to assist you. Yes I think it might be do for a good cleaning.
This is a chronic problem with this type of works....pivots and actuators are highly susceptible to dirt and dust and the lubricants often will dry up and bind the movements...you need to do a light cleaning (ether will work as it evaporates quickly)and then you can blow dry it with a can of compressed air, try cleaning first and if that does not remedy the problem.
First you should not use oil. What we use in the industry is called clock lubricant, and then, only in very minute quantities. For example, a single drop distributed over all the lubricating points of you clock should be adequete. Too much lubrcants is often times worse than not enough. If you feel secure in doing your own lubricating, by all means do so. Should you be so disposed do at least the following;1. Aquire some clock lubricant. (be specific and emphatic about this.) 2. Aquire a throw away hypodermic syringe from a drug store, or whereever. To make it into a lubricator file a notch into the needle slightly above the point, then brake it off. This gives you a flat hole that will be needed to place the lubricant. Using the hypodermic allows you to control the minute quantity of liquid needed to do the job. Another way to control the amount of fluid is to put a drop of lubricant on a glass surface and from there distribute the amount require by dipping a needle in the drop then touching the point to where you wish to deliver. This is a far more precise than the hypodermic delivery system but not as convenient. If you choose to do this yourself be SURE to carefully lubricate teeth of the escape wheel and the escapement itself. (i.e. the piece that rocks back and forth as the pendulum swings right to left.) This is cuicial.
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Thanks for the info.
Sounds like a job for an expert so I will look for a local clock repairer!