Post Number: 1
|Posted on Friday, December 04, 2009 - 10:58 am: ||
I am posting here for advise regarding opening an AE-1 Program I recently acquired to do the following:
1) Fix the 1/1000 shutter speed. Rest of the speeds are within 15% error.
2) Possibly lube the mirror fly wheel to fix the infamous canon squeak or squeal or whirring noise (video demo of the noise http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cuMaO7FfpVg)
For some background to disassemble the camera, I have searched this forum* and I seem to have the hang of the over all method. I have also gone over the service manual I found online. So I am more or less prepared to actually start the project.
However, I have not been able to visualize clearly how to use a set of circlip pliers or something in its place to do the initial steps (for the shutter release button perhaps?).
Could some kind soul explain the usage of circlip pliers (btw, I was not able to find one in my local hardware store, can I use something else in its place?) and where to use it exactly?
Thanks and regards.
* Searching this forum from its own search feature does not really help much. Searching this forum from google, using the 'site' work, works much better.
Post Number: 160
|Posted on Friday, December 04, 2009 - 12:37 pm: ||
Most hardware and electronic supply stores do sell circlip pliers. Go for the ones with a variety of removable heads and that have provision for 'external' & 'internal' opening. They are generally very reasonably priced which is just as well as you will have to grind down the tips to fit the small circlips.
The AE-1P has only 2 circlips, one under the wind arm and one under the rewind knob. Although there isn't a coupling cord to worry about, some models have 3 flash wires that require unsoldering.
PS remove the front facia to reach 2 front screws holding the top cover.
Post Number: 2
|Posted on Sunday, December 06, 2009 - 06:21 am: ||
Thank you Gez.
I was able to remove the circlips with the help of two screw driver (tiny minus size) very very carefully but relatively easily. I was able to put them back on using a wooden pencil.
Fixed the shutter squeak as well as the shutter speeds.