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The 1970 Alaron Clock my father has will not keep running.  This just started a few days ago.  We've lined it on the pins as close as we can, when we start it, it only runs great for 4 mins and then you hear a clicking sound and it stops.  Do you have an answer for this type of issue?!!

It is the C24 Korea wall/mantal clock with the peacock glass.
Thank you.

Leslie, did the problem start just after it was wound?  Sometimes the clock will be tilted on the wall enough to put it out of beat.  I'm not sure what you mean about lining it on the pins.  Are you talking about the pin at the bottom of the case?  What is important is that the clock is in beat.  Listen for the tick tock.  It should be even like tick....tock....tick....tock.  If it goes tick..tock......tick..tock it is out of beat and will stop.  If this is the case, move the bottom of the clock a little to the right or left to obtain an even beat.  If that doesn't do it, there could be another problem.  The clicking sound could be that the power is not getting to the escape wheel and the verge (part attached to the pendulum that rocks back and forth) is hitting the escape wheel teeth, which can damage them.  Has the clock been serviced in the last 7 to 10 years?  If not, the failure could be caused by old gummy lubricants and/or worn parts.  As your clock is over 40 years old, it could be that it is just worn out.  Many of the Asian clocks have a history of failing from wear, as the parts were made from "economy" materials.  Try what I have suggested and let me know what happens.

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