How to Fix a Record Player Belt

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Record players were the most widely used means of playing music before cassette players, and later CD players, took over. When a record player belt is stretched, cracked or broken, you will need to repair it before you can use the record player again.

Things You'll Need

  • Screwdriver
  • Take the rubber pad off the top of the platter and then lift up on the platter to remove it from the center shaft so you can repair the record player belt. You may need to lift while tapping on the top of the shaft with a hammer to get the platter loose.

  • Unscrew the clip, if there is one, using a screwdriver. The clip is located at the bottom of the shaft. Place the clip in a safe place.

  • Clean the lip under the platter with alcohol before you repair the record player belt. Put the new belt on the lip underneath the platter. Check that the belt is not too tight or loose, but fits snugly.

  • Install the platter. Carefully replace the clip--the one you removed.

  • Find the window in the platter that allows you to see the movement of the platter. Rotate the platter until you see the platter motor.

  • Stretch the belt to finalize the repair of the belt on the record player. The belt will stretch from the platter lip and reach to the motor pulley's farthest side.

  • Set the mat on top of the platter and test the record player to make sure it is working correctly.

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