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GhettoSQ 15th September 2006 12:00 PM

Thorens motor runs backwards!
Hi all,
My TD160 motor occasionally spins backwards (well, maybe more than occasionally). the Analog Dept. says this can be a tired motor or faulty input cap. Does anyone know how to check?

sreten 15th September 2006 04:17 PM


Oil the motor, if that doesn't work change the capacitor.


DRC 15th September 2006 04:23 PM

My TD166 occasionally does this. It did if from new too. I guess it is down to the design of the motor (syncronous).

mrshow4u 15th September 2006 04:45 PM

...I vote motor start cap

jackinnj 15th September 2006 04:51 PM

FWIW -- I give my Thorens a spin in the correct direction -- it sits right adjacent to the computer workstation, is quite ancient, and in almost constant use.

OT -- must have been designed by the same engineers who worked on my 500E wagon -- the rear wiper works bass ackwards. Maybe it was after lunch on a Friday that they assembled it.

lohk 15th September 2006 07:29 PM

one phase of the motor seems to be burned - check both windings

anatech 15th September 2006 07:32 PM

Hi lohk,

one phase of the motor seems to be burned - check both windings
Nope, it would only twitch then. Then there is "that" smell. You know the one. Hard to miss.


jacco vermeulen 15th September 2006 08:15 PM

I'm convinced your Thorens is possessed !
Undoubtebly you will hear devilish lyrics when playing in reverse.

GhettoSQ 15th September 2006 11:26 PM

I should dig out my old heavy metal stuff! LOL!

I've tried giving it a push, doesn't seem to matter, it either plays right or doesn't. I hadn't thought of oiling - could that really cause this?

so, two votes for the start cap...someone else fingered the resistor. I'll take a look at the electronics and maybe try to the cap this weekend.

thanks all!

AndrewT 16th September 2006 11:24 AM

Hi Jack,

rear wiper works bass ackwards
is that when you look in the mirror or from your anti world?

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