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I let my German 3 chime grandfather clock weight run down, and when I restarted and reset it, it chimes on all 1/4 hours, but will not chime on the hour.  If I move the chime selector to the off position and back to chime, it chimes on the hour, but it will not chime on the hour by itself.  Please advise.

Thanks,
Sid

Answer
Usually this would indicate that there is bearing wear on the movement that is not allowing the locking lever for the strike to release. Turning the silent lever on then off again bypasses the normal action so the strike is unlocked to play. This was probably a developing problem that just coincided with you letting the clock run down, you didn't create this problem by doing so. You'll need a repairman to take a look and let you know if the movement needs to go in for service.

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A.W.C.I. Certified Clockmaker with 35 years of experience. I can answer clock repair or maintenance related questions. Please don't expect answers advising the use of bubble gum, bailing wire or WD-40. I only give advice that is meant to preserve your clock in the best possible condition, not make it worse. No questions regarding clock value or identification. I am not a collector and cannot do valuations. Visit my website at: http://www.arlingtonclockrepair.com/

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Clock repairman in the north Texas area for 35 years. Certification as a Clockmaker through the AWCI since 1986.

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I was featured in an article by the Watch&Clock Review regarding my restoration of a tower clock for the Wise County courthouse in Decatur, Tx.

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Certification as a clockmaker with the American Watchmakers/Clockmakers Institute since 1986.

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General public,Six Flags Over Texas,Collin County,Tx.,Wise County,Tx.,Rapides Bank,Rapides Parrish,La.

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