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Bowler's Gravatar
 Location: Bongaree, QLD
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Good morning all, I am currently working on an awa model 526 (ac-dc) radio. It is working pretty well however when tuning there is a lot of static between stations. I have cleaned the tuning capacitor but it has no effect. Hoping someone can offer a cure for the above. Bowler


 
 Return to top of page · Post #: 2 · Written at 12:34:33 PM on 11 May 2022.
Tallar Carl's avatar
 Location: Latham, ACT
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Usually the outer vanes on the tuning cap would be rubbing. I usually get a tiny screwdriver and slightly push them apart all the way along. A squirt of wd40 can help.


 
 Return to top of page · Post #: 3 · Written at 2:48:36 PM on 11 May 2022.
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 Location: Hill Top, NSW
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I find that sometimes the ball-bearings in the tuning capacitor get dirty and also there might be leaf springs in the middle between the sections. These can be sprayed with a tiny amount of WD-40 then run the dial from top to bottom and back, a few times.

There might be a better recommended spray.


 
 Return to top of page · Post #: 4 · Written at 4:55:49 PM on 11 May 2022.
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 Location: Bongaree, QLD
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Thanks Carl and Robbert WD-40 DID THE TRICK. Bowler


 
 Return to top of page · Post #: 5 · Written at 5:17:22 PM on 11 May 2022.
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 GTC
 Location: Sydney, NSW
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QUOTE: There might be a better recommended spray.


WD-40 'classic' formula is usually the product of last resort for me. Its MSDS reveals that it contains up to 60% CAS 64742-47-8 (kero), so it acts as a cleaner. It is definitely not a lubricant and it will dissolve some plastics.

For lubing such things I use either light machine oil, or silicone spray.


 
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