How to Fix a Belt Drive Turntable

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How to Fix a Belt Drive Turntable
Replacing a belt on a belt-drive turntable is quick. (Closed-up DJ turntable image by pavel Chernobrivets from

Belt drive turntables have been around for years. But like any device that utilises a belt for constant tension, that belt will fail or stretch beyond the point of usefulness. Fortunately, replacing a belt on most turntables is one of the easier DIY maintenance tasks. With vast online databases available to reference the proper replacement belt, your turntable should be up and running quickly.

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Things you need

  • Turntable
  • Belt
  • Small flat head screwdriver
  • Rubbing alcohol
  • Cotton balls

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  1. 1

    Turn off the turntable, and cradle the tonearm. Lift off the slipmat and set aside. Lift off the platter and set aside.

  2. 2

    Pry off the old belt (if it's not already broken) with the small flat head screwdriver. Make sure there are no pieces of rubber inside the unit that can potentially jam drive components.

  3. 3

    Carefully wipe off the belt post and lower drive platter rim with rubbing alcohol applied to cotton balls. Remove any old belt residue or lubrication.

  4. 4

    Slip on the new belt around the lower drive platter. Place the belt around the small drive post and put the other end around the small flat head screwdriver. Place the tip of the screwdriver right next to the small drive post. Use a finger to push down on the belt, sliding it off the screwdriver and around the smaller post.

  5. 5

    Replace the upper platter, slip mat, and any securing hardware. Plug in and test.

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