How to fix a turntable stylus

Updated April 17, 2017

A good stylus on your turntable is an integral part of a well-functioning hi-fi sound system. To keep a turntable in proper working order, you must do maintenance on its stylus from time to time. Repairing the stylus on a turntable is easy to do and requires just a little research.

Find out what kind of stylus your record player takes (see Resources).

Consult your record player manual for instructions on how to install a new stylus on your model of turntable.

If you don't have a manual, take a look at your stylus. Most record players are designed for the stylus to simply slide out with little effort.

After you remove the worn out stylus, slide the new stylus in the same place.

Determine what kind of needle is compatible with your stylus (see Resources).

Consult your manual for instructions on how to install a new needle.

If you don't have a manual, try gently and smoothly pulling on the needle with a pair of tweezers. The needle should come out. Be gentle.

Using the tweezers, insert the new needle into the same hole until it is securely embedded.


Keep an extra stylus on hand at DJ gigs in case your needle starts to wear out. The stylus can be changed quickly and smoothly.


Do not continue to use a worn out needle when you notice the sound quality declining; a worn out needle can cause permanent damage to records. If a needle becomes too dull, it can lose grip on the grooves and slide around on the record, scratching it.

Things You'll Need

  • Turntable manual (optional)
  • Needle (optional)
  • Cartridge model
  • Turntable model
  • New stylus
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Heather Bliss has been writing professionally since 1998, specializing in technology, computer repair, gardening, music and politics. Bliss holds an Associate of Arts in journalism from Moorpark College. She also has a Bachelor of Arts from California State University, San Marcos, completed with a focus on music and performing arts technology.