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VPI 16.5 RCM leaking

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Posted on July 24, 2022 at 07:20:07
Funky Bob
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I bought mine used and it's at least 15 years old. I noticed there's a leak near the front panel. Water is coming out under the front of the unit from a hole at the bottom and it leaves a small puddle on my table. I already emptied out the tank but it's still leaking. I haven't got time to take it apart yet. What could have gone wrong with a 16.5 of this vintage? Everything works fine except the small leak. Thanks.

 

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RE: VPI 16.5 RCM leaking, posted on July 24, 2022 at 08:26:19
wires
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Sorry to say you have to remove the bottom panel and look over the tank. It may be leaking; the chalking may need to be replaced or new waste tubing may be needed.
Lastly check the surface where tank is mounted for delamination.

 

Repair , posted on July 24, 2022 at 12:13:29
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Good advice here.

It really is a simple device so shouldn't be difficult. No need to call a plumber. ;^)

BTW, I found my 16.5 would heat up if I cleaned more than 3-4 records at a session. The spindle actually became hot. So I got a Whisper Fan and mounted that on the back, wiring it to the vacuum switch to turn on at the same time.

No noticeable difference in the noise and it has run cool ever since.

"The only cats worth anything are the cats who take chances. Sometimes I play things I never heard myself." Thelonious Monk

 

Thanks for the confirmation. I purchased a whisper fan a long time, posted on July 24, 2022 at 17:01:39
alaskahiatt
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ago, but never installed it on my Taiwanese VPI copy. It overheats after 9 records. I have used a small table top fan in the meantime, because I was too lazy to complete the whisper fan installation. However, that table top fan blows the room dust around.

 

RE: VPI 16.5 RCM leaking, posted on July 25, 2022 at 14:24:42
Capt. Z
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I have to second this recommendation. You need to take off the 4 screws that hold down the bottom plate and see where the leak is coming from. Otherwise we are just guessing and nothing will change your issue.

 

RE: Repair , posted on July 25, 2022 at 14:26:03
Capt. Z
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I also had the same problem. So I installed a cooling fan. Now I can clan as any records as I want without the overheating protection kicking in.

 

RE: Thanks for the confirmation. , posted on July 25, 2022 at 14:47:15
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Not that big a task. I believe you'd be glad you took the trouble.

"The only cats worth anything are the cats who take chances. Sometimes I play things I never heard myself." Thelonious Monk

 

Vacuum motor leaking, posted on July 28, 2022 at 22:57:05
Funky Bob
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I unscrewed the bottom panel and did a leak test by pouring water into the tank. Water was dripping slowly out of vent holes of the vacuum motor. How do I fix this inexpensively since I bought it cheap? Everything is working fine except this issue. Thanks.




 

RE: Vacuum motor leaking, posted on July 29, 2022 at 13:36:16
wires
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You can call VPI and get a new motor assembly.

 

RE: Vacuum motor leaking, posted on July 30, 2022 at 04:25:41
Funky Bob
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A new VPI motor costs more than what I paid for my 16.5. Is "generic" motor available? Thanks.

 

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