How to Repair Teddy Ruxpin
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The Teddy Ruxpin is one of the most prized possessions of teddy bear collectors. With its fine quality and unique features, it can cause heartbreak for a Teddy Ruxpin owner to learn that her toy is broken.
While there are toy hospitals that can help you fix a Teddy Ruxpin, it is a lot easier and cheaper to repair it yourself. Most of the time, the problem lies with the motors that are running the mouth and eyes of the bear. This is especially true if the toy has been left sitting for quite a long time.
Remove the clothes of your Teddy Ruxpin and remove the battery cover found at the back of the bear. There four screws sealing the battery cover (two at the top and another two at the bottom right underneath your battery cover); use your Phillips screwdriver to remove them.
Use your flat screwdriver to remove or pry off the cassette player. Pull the player carefully to avoid snapping off one of the wires.
Grab your marker to mark the plug-ins on the circuit board to remember where they all go. Accurately mark the wires for the Teddy's mouth, eyes, etc. Use your tweezers to pull off the wires from their plug-ins. Set the player aside after plugging off all its wires.
Use a can of compressed air to clean the inside of the bear. Remove the fur by cutting the shiny red thread at the base of the bear's neck. Open the seam after cutting the thread, working your way up until its seam stops at about ¾ up his head's back.
Slip the fur off the body of the bear once the seam is opened. Turn the face gently inside-out, without pulling it off too quickly. The face fur is attached to the faceplate, which may make it more difficult to remove. Tear the foam gently away from the piece of plastic attached to the bear's fur.
Check the volume control of your Teddy Ruxpin to see whether there are any rough spots. Spray compressed air inside its volume control if the speaker cracks, and plug the wires back in the marked plug-ins.
Remove the motors of the bear by locating the metal spring at the back of each motor. The motor can be found in the groove on the bear's faceplate. Remove the springs to slide the motors out. Start from the top of the faceplate while working your way down to your bear's lower jaw.
Snap the fur back in reverse order as how you removed it. Sew the back of the Teddy's head before placing back the cassette player and testing the bear.
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