The RP-6100 is a dual-speed stereo/turntable manufactured by the Japanese company Sharp Electronics. The turntable plays records at 33 1/3 rotations per minute (RPM) and at 45 RPM. The Sharp turntable runs on a belt drive, so when the drive's belt breaks, your turntable will no longer rotate. Frequently used turntables can cause the drive belt to stretch. This can make your records sound as if they are warped, or it can even cause scratches. Replacing the turntable belt requires that you partially take it apart.
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Things you need
- Rubbing alcohol
- Clean wash cloth
- Replacement turntable belt
Unplug your turntable's power cord. Lift the plastic cover so it is in the upright position. You may also slide the cover off its hinges for easier access to the turntable.
Remove any records still on the turntable. Lift out the rubber dust cover and set it aside.
Grasp each side of the metal platter, which is the metal disclike piece the dust cover and records sit on. Lift straight up until it comes loose from the belt drive motor. If you haven't removed the platter in a long time, you may have to pound it out of the turntable assembly with a mallet or tack hammer.
Remove the broken belt and any small pieces of rubber from inside the turntable. If the turntable is still attached to the motor, stretch the belt past the pulleys outside the drive motor and remove the belt.
Apply some isopropyl, or rubbing alcohol, to a clean wash cloth. Wipe down the inside of the turntable around the belt drive motor. Allow a few minutes for the alcohol to dry.
Place the new belt inside the turntable assembly. Carefully wrap the belt around the drive motor. Stretch the belt to the spinning pulley adjacent to the drive motor. Make sure the belt fits firmly inside the lip along the outside of the motor and the spinning pulley.
Grasp the installed belt with your hands and rotate the belt and drive motor in a counterclockwise direction three to five times. Reattach the platter piece to the turntable's spindle rod, which is also attached to the belt motor. Place the rubber dust cover back on top of the platter.
Tips and warnings
- Turntable belts should changed every two to four years. If your turntable is used often, the belt should be changed more frequently.
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