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I just purchased a 1983 Pearl grandfather clock from a moving sale..the previous owners didn't have it going  either. The pendulum will only swing just so long before stopping. .and the few times I've reset the time where it should won't. Suspension spring is fine...its also level.

things to check;

weights are not the same - heaviest must go on the right as you face the clock-next heaviest in the middle

clock needs to be stable with the 4 adjusters utilized in the bottom corners of the case

chimes can be shut off generally by a lever in the dial by the #3  or shipping "arms" can be in position on top of the rows of hammers preventing movement

run through this thinking-The pendulum assembly begins at the top with a 1" two legged suspension spring pinned to a brass post sticking out of the back of the rear movement plate.
  Next a silver(probably) suspension leader about 5" long that hooks onto the bottom of the suspension spring and passes through the "foot" shaped forked brass piece (and must be in the center of the fork slot and not be rubbing front or back) that connects into the inside of the movement. Newer movements have a horizontal bar that fits in the brass suspension leader slot.
  Lastly the top of the pendulum hooks onto the bottom of this suspension leader. NOW if all is correctly assembled, swinging the pendulum will get it ticking. The sound of the ticking must sound even or balanced on either side. Not over-swinging one side or the other.
  If it is not sounding even, then push with your hand the top third of the pendulum over to the side that has the excessive overswing. You may feel some resistance but gently push a bit more then try the sound of the ticking after swinging the pendulum freely.
  If the sound is not improved in the balance then do more pushing -if it is now sounding like excessive swing in the opposite direction then push the pendulum to the other side till it sounds a pretty even tick. Clock should run then. .(There is a little slip clutch that you are adjusting when you push the "L" shaped foot to either side.)
  There are a hundred things that could be wrong- you have just taken a tour through the repair of what is wrong 98% of the time!

advise if any of this helps..........

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