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I have Manfrotto 405 geared head on a 475 tripod. The tilt

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I have Manfrotto 405 geared head on a 475 tripod. The tilt adjustment is jammed for minor movements. The quick one works OK tho. Can I get "inside" to see/adjust what is causing the jam? When I take the rubber cap off there are 2 entry points, one with hole of the side and a thread
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Camera and Video
Expert:  Pete replied 2 years ago.
I am Pete, and I'll be happy to assist with your question today.
You can take the head apart and clean the components, and then apply a quality dry lubricant (e.g. molybdenum disulfide) or light grease to the parts before to putting it all back together again.
You will need to remove the round covers containing the logo. There are hidden screws behind the covers which allow you to disassemble the head.
Here is a disassembly guide:
Customer: replied 2 years ago.

Thanks Pete. What sort of tools do you reckon I will need to get it apart?

Expert:  Pete replied 2 years ago.
Hi, you will just need the appropriate sized screwdriver tools to release the screws.
Customer: replied 2 years ago.

Haven't undone it. I use the head each day as I am a pro photographer. Will try at the weekend.

It seems as if I have to pry or damage the round covers to get underneath to the screws, and could it be an alin key I need from there?

Expert:  Pete replied 2 years ago.
Yes, you will need to pry off the covers to reach the screws, and you will need a small Allen key to release those grub screws.