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My chime springs are over wound how can I correct. The

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my chime springs are over...
my chime springs are over wound how can I correct
JA: The Clock Technician will know what to do. Please tell me everything you can so the Clock Technician can help you best.
Customer: the chimes don't sound because the springs are overwound ( I think) how can this be repaired?
JA: Is there anything else the Clock Technician should be aware of?
Customer: not that I am aware of
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Clock Repair Expert: Mike, Consultant replied 1 month ago
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Hi, My name is ***** ***** it is my pleasure to assist you. I'll cover all options to try. First of all the mainspring is under alot of pressure. A tool called an unwinder is tool for unwinding the mainspring and if you do not have experience doing this you could get hurt. You won't need one you can do this yourself. TRYING TO TAKE THE MAINSPRING LOOSE IS DANGEROUS BECAUSE IT IS UNDER PRESSURE AND COULD POP AND PUT YOUR EYE OUT OR CAUSE SERIOUS DAMAGE SO DON"T TRY TO REMOVE THE MAINSPRING. WEAR SAFETY GLASSES. You cannot over wind a spring driven clock. This is misinformation that has been handed down through the generations. If you wind a clock completely to the end and it does not work; something else such as wear, dirt, or old sticky oil is preventing the clock from running. It is not because you "over wound" or "wound the clock too tight". You can try to run your clock manually by moving the minute hand clockwise stopping to let the clock chime do this for a 24 to 48 hour session this will relieve the pressure of the mainspring on the chime side which is the RIGHT hole & the LEFT or CENTER hole is for the pendulum and the LEFT hole is for the strike if you have 3 winding ports you will have to manually move the pendulum back and fourth until it is able to run on its own. If the clock wouldn't run after winding it might be time for a good cleaning and re oil job what happens is that the old gummy oil inside the coils of the mainsprings start sticking causing the mainspring not to be able to release the pressure to run the clock. These movements should be cleaned & re oiled every 3 to 5 years. I listed a link below for one of the best cleaning kits I recommend to the customers that come into my clock repair shop to save them money from me doing the work. Try these options out and let me know what happens if you don't feel comfortable doing this yourself if you want I can find a clock repair company in your area just let me know your zip code location and by what major cities and I'll find a few in your area. Thanks Mike

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Customer reply replied 1 month ago
it is not the clock that's over wound it is the striker
Clock Repair Expert: Mike, Consultant replied 1 month ago

H​I, Yes if it is the striker that makes your chimes the striker is connected or powered by a mainspring in the chime/strike train. Thanks Mike

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