How to Fix a Loud Quartz Clock

Written by susan raphael
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How to Fix a Loud Quartz Clock
Ticking sounds on a clock can be minimised. (clock image by Michael Shake from

The movements of a quartz clock often bother a lot of people due to the loud ticking sounds. These sounds come from the seconds hand of the clock, created due to the rattling or shaking between the plastic gears right inside the clock's movement. This is amplified by the clock's plastic case, which causes the sound to be clearly heard inside a room. Removing the seconds hand of the clock can help fix a loud quartz clock.

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Things you need

  • Dry cloth
  • Mini screwdriver

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  1. 1

    Position your quartz clock on a flat table, with its face down on the table's surface. Open the battery case and remove the batteries from the clock to stop it from ticking.

  2. 2

    Use a dry cloth to wipe the clock and clean its dusty edges. Locate the screws at the back of clock and unscrew them using a mini screwdriver.

  3. 3

    Open the inside of the clock with your fingers. Do it slowly so as not to lose or drop any loose springs or hands. Locate the seconds hand on the face of the clock and wind the other hands downward to the sixth hour in order to avoid pulling on them as you remove the seconds hand.

  4. 4

    Pull on the seconds hand gently to remove it from the centre of the clock. Unscrew the seconds hand with your fingers if it is held in place with a cap nut.

  5. 5

    Screw back the clock's body together using your screwdriver and put the batteries into its case.

Tips and warnings

  • Check the construction of the quartz clock's hands before attempting removal. The movement may normally be held in place by a cap or a hex nut right on the hand's shaft. It may also "snap" in place with just a few plastic "fingers". You may need to either unscrew its hex nut in order to remove the seconds hand or simply pry away from the clock's case until the hand snaps free.

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