Fixing a Turntable Not Spinning is Easier Than You Think

How to fix a turntable not spinning

Imagine the anticipation of setting the mood with your favorite vinyl record, only to be met with silence when you try to play it. After all, a turntable not spinning can quickly ruin any listening session. 

If you’re dealing with this problem, don’t fret.  In this guide, you’ll learn why your turntable isn’t spinning and how you can take quick and easy steps to fix it. practical steps to fix it.

How to Fix a Record Player Not Spinning

A turntable that refuses to spin could be attributed to various factors, ranging from mechanical malfunctions to electrical glitches.  

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Here are the biggest reasons a turntable won’t spin:

  • Power and Electrical Problems
  • Turntable Belt Problems
  • Record Weight Problems
  • Motor Problems
  • Victrola and Crosley Problems
  • Environmental Factor Problems

Power Supply and Electrical Problems

If your turntable isn’t receiving power, it will not spin. This could be due to a faulty power cable or simply a blown fuse.  

Make sure the turntable power supply is not damaged or partially unplugged.

To resolve this issue, try plugging the power supply cable into a different outlet. If that doesn’t work, inspect the power cable for damage and check the fuse.

Also, loose connections, damaged power cords, or faulty wiring within the turntable’s electrical system can disrupt the flow of power, preventing the motor from engaging and initiating rotation.

Turntable Belt Problems

Turntables like the Audio Technica-LP60X operate using a belt drive system located beneath the turntable’s platter. This belt wraps around a motor pulley, connecting to a drive motor that enables the turntable to spin.

If your record playing isn’t spinning, you must first check that , that the drive belt is correctly installed.

Similarly, other belt-driven models, such as the Marantz TT-15S1, utilize a similar system with an external drive belt. You can easily spot the belt looping around the edge of the platter.

The drive belt on the Marantz TT-15S1

Turntable belts, typically made of rubber, are susceptible to accumulating dirt and wearing out over time. When this occurs, your record player will fail to spin.

To prevent this problem, check to see that your drive belt is properly installed and that it’s free from rips, tears and other damage.  If your turntable belt is the problem, immediately buy and install a brand new turntable belt.

Record Weight is Too Heavy

Excessive force of a heavy record weight could potentially hinder the motor from generating enough torque to rotate the platter.  Thus, your turntable will not spin.

Record weight

To prevent this, when buying a record weight, always try to match the record weight brand to your turntable brand.  For example, if you have a Project turntable, buy a Pro-Ject record weight or clamp.  

Motor Problems

The motor inside your turntable may have died (or be in the process of dying).  

Is the turntable motor the reason your record player stopped spinning?

Carefully examine the motor and its associated components for any visible signs of damage, such as burnt-out wiring or worn bearings.

Ensure all connections are secure and free of debris, as well. Make sure there is no corrosion on any joints or connections with the motor that send power to your turntable, as well.

If you suspect your turntable won’t spin because of a motor malfunction or electronic issue beyond your expertise, consider seeking assistance from a qualified technician or repair specialist.

Victrola or Crosley Turntable Won’t Spin

When your Victrola Turntable Won't Spin (or your Crosley record player won't spin), here's how to fix the problem.

Finally, this solution is specifically for those that own a Victrola or Crosley record player.  Many of these turntables have semi-automatic operation, meaning the platter will not begin spinning until you manually lift the tonearm and move it towards the vinyl record.

This was my experience when testing the Victrola Re-Spin in my recent review.  Even though the record player’s power was on, the Re-Spin’s platter would not spin until I lifted the tonearm and moved it closer to the platter.

How to Prevent Record Spinning Problems in the Future

Prevention Strategies

To safeguard your turntable against future setbacks, consider implementing these preventative measures:

Routine Maintenance: Schedule regular inspections and maintenance sessions to assess the condition of your turntable’s mechanical and electrical components.

Take care of your turntable equipment to keep it spinning correctlyy

Lubricate moving parts, clean dust accumulation, tighten loose fittings as needed and replace your drive belt when necessary.

Gentle Handling: Handle your turntable with care, avoiding rough treatment or sudden movements that could jostle internal components or misalign the drive mechanism.

Environment Management: Keep your turntable in a clean, stable environment free from excessive moisture, dust, or temperature fluctuations that could compromise its performance.

Quality Media Usage: Invest in high-quality vinyl records and handle them with care to minimize wear and tear on your turntable’s motor and drive system.

Final Thoughts

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When you spend a lot of money on a record player, and your brand new record player won’t spin, it can be a frustrating experience.  So let’s recap what we learned today:

1) Power supply and electrical issue can cause your turntable to not spin

2) An improperly installed drive belt cause can your record player to not spin

3) A record weight that’s too heavy for your platter can prevent your turntable from spinning

4) A turntable belt in need of replacing, a motor with corroded joints, or a dying turntable motor may be unable to successful rotate your platter

5) Victrola turntables and Crosley turntables require you to lift and move the tonearm in order for the record to spin

If you can follow this guide, along with its prevention strategies, then you’ll likely never have to worry about your record player failing to spin your records ever again.

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FAQ

Once you’ve set up your record player according to its manufacturer’s standards, ensure the turntable, preamplifier, amplifier, and speakers are connected to a working power source.

Begin by placing your record on the turntable while the platter is stopped. Press the power button and ensure that it lights up to choose the speed at which your record is meant to be played, and then place the stylus on the record via the tonearms cue in the outer grooves of the record.

Most record players are trusty pieces of equipment and have proved so throughout time.

If your record player is malfunctioning, it may be an issue as simple as dirt buildup, a flawed belt, power source, or the tonearm may need to be reset. If you’re having trouble locating the problem, take it to an expert before getting rid of your record player.

A turntable belt should last anywhere from 3-5 years. Many record player manufacturers recommend replacing the belt every 1-2 years. A belt may deteriorate more quickly if it is kept in a hot or damp environment.

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