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Cuckoo repair parts
The most common Cuckoo repair parts sold is the bellow tops and the hands. The bellow tubes are usually good to reuse on the clock, just the bellow tops have cloth that rip over time and therefore the clock will not cuckoo the time out.
Repairing cuckoo bellows
So if this is the situation you do not need the entire cuckoo bellows as in CU1, you only need the tops as seen on CU4. If just replacing the tops it makes it a lot easier to get the correct size for your clock as the CU1 comes in only one size tops. To get the proper tops you only need to measure the length and width of the top only. You would snap off the old tops off of the bellow tubes and clean the surface with a knife, then epoxy the new tops on the same way, the same position. Then you would transfer the cuckoo lift rings from the old tops to the new ones and your done.
Cuckoo Clock Repair
The help section can help with many of the most common issues the clock may have. We also have the cuckoo clock movements for post 1950 German made units. This is about 80 percent of the cuckoos out in the world so chances are we have the movement you need.
If the movement is worn out and is post 1950 its just as well to get the new one instead of overhauling the old one. The process of the movement overhaul is time consuming and therefore expensive, when the new movement is 100-200 dollars and will last alot longer than the best overhaul.
New cuckoo clock movement not striking
When the new cuckoo clock movement will not go into striking mode for the hours. The bird will not come out and the clock will not indicate what time it is with the cuckoo call. Here are some guidelines on what to check in this situation.
See if the cuckoo door is latched shut
There is a wire above the cuckoo door that locks it into the closed position. This is for either shipping the clock and also for chime shut off. It is a small wire that stops the door and just gets turned to either in the way or out of the way of the door. Be sure it is out of the way so the door can open and it can cuckoo.
Check the silence lever
There may be a silence lever if the cuckoo movement has one. This would be located on the side of the cuckoo clock movement and stick outside of the clock case. Push it down for cuckoo on and up for cuckoo shut off usually. Just move it to the opposite direction and see if the clock will strike out the cuckoo calls. If the movement has a silence switch that does not stick outside of the case it may still be on the movement itself. Just look at the back of the clock with the back panel off and you may see the silence switch. You will see a lever on your right as you face the back of the movement on the top side. Not all cuckoos have this feature as the manufacturer will assume you will silence the cuckoo just by locking the bird door.
Clock chain resistance
Be sure nothing is in the way of the chain that drives the striking side of the cuckoo clock. One weight controls the time and the other the strike. If the chain is rubbing anything like the hole in the bottom of the cuckoo case it will be just like not having enough weight to make it run. The chain that holds the weight should be straight from the ratchet wheel and down without rubbing anything. Also the side of the chain that there is no weight attached to cant be caught up on anything also. This is the side that you pull to raise the weight on the other side of the chain loop.
Bellow lift wires in the way
On a new movement install it is required to bend the lift wires so they do not get caught up on each other. During the travel up to lift the bellows they could be hitting each other and creating resistance. These just get bent this way or that way so they can go up and down with the bellow tops. If the bellow top is broken or ripped it can cause this to happen also.
Bird arm position
The arm that the bird rests on could be bent in a way that it is trying to go forward too much. Therefore it hits the front of the clock case instead of in a position where it just opens the door. The intent is for it to open the cuckoo door only and not hit the front of the clock case. It will only cuckoo if the bird arm is able to be all the way forward with no resistance.
Cuckoo door opening wire
If this wire is too long it will try to open the door too much. With the door open too much it will not be able to start the cuckoo strike. The solution is to make the door wire shorter or put a bend in it. Putting a bend in this wire so its sort of a hump instead of straight will be the same thing as making it shorter.
Cuckoo Clock Not Striking Conclusion
If the cuckoo will not go into striking mode is caused by resistance. There is only like 4 or 5 gears that have to spin around to make the clock cuckoo. If there is any resistance for this to happen it will not function. These 4 -5 gears need to spin to have the bellows lift and open the cuckoo door at the same time. There is much action that is dictated by these few gears spinning, any resistance in any part will stop it from working.
Installing cuckoo clock hands
Removing the old cuckoo hands
To remove the cuckoo hands you will only need a pair of needle nose pliers. While holding the minute hand still (longer of the two hands) while you loosen the minute hand nut with the pliers. Turning the hand nut in the counter clockwise direction while holding the hand still, it will loosen up. Now it can be turned with the fingers only and come right off.
The cuckoo minute hand bushing
With the minute hand off it will expose a round bushing that has a square hole in it. This bushing may or may not come off with the minute hand, in fact it maybe stuck in the hand itself. If the bushing is stuck in the hand just remove it by prying up and off with a flat screwdriver. Hour hand is next and is only a friction fit. Twist it and pull toward you at the same time and it will come off.
Install the hour hand
Hour hand is first by a twist and push at the same time, it is only a friction fit. The tube it goes on is tapered although it may not be noticeable. So the more the hour hand is twisted and pushed down at the same time, the tighter it will be on the clock. Do not worry about having it point to the right time yet, we will do that later. Now put the minute hand on (the longer of the two hands). You put this on the bushing and the ridges will somewhat lock it into place in the hole of the hand. Next is the hand nut on the threaded portion of the hand shaft. This will sandwich the minute hand between the bushing and its nut. Now it’s time to set the hands to point to the correct time when the clock cuckoo’s.
Install the minute hand
Next put the brass bushing with the square hole in it, on the clocks hand shaft arbor’s square portion. The flat side of the hand bushing will go toward the clock dial and the side with the ridge on it will point outward toward you.
Setting the cuckoo strike
After the install of the cuckoo clock minute hand you will need them to point to the right place. Putting the hands in a position to point to the right place when it cuckoos the hour. Put the clock up on the wall and turn the minute hand to make the clock cuckoo out the top of the hour. Count the number of cuckoo’s the clock sounds out and point the hour hand to that number. For example, if there were 6 cuckoos you would point the hour hand to the six. The minute hand gets loosened some and turned to the 12 to represent the top of the hour. Tighten the minute hand nut while holding it still at the 12. Now you’re done with the Install Cuckoo Clock Hands, just check the next hour and see if it will point to the correct spots when it cuckoos again.
Cuckoo Strike Quantity Issues
Issues with the strike quantity on a cuckoo clock is a common ailment upon setting up a new movement. The clock will strike 12 o’clock and then 12 again at 1 o’clock or something like this. This has to do with the mechanical components behind the clock dial. You would remove the hands and dial to get to that section of the cuckoo movement.
Remove the hands
To remove the cuckoo hands you will only need a pair of needle nose pliers. You hold the minute hand still (longer of the two hands) while you loosen the minute hand nut some with the needle nose. Once the nut is loose, just turn to the left until it is off. Then the minute hand will come off with its round bushing that has a square hole in it. Remove the bushing out of the minute hand when it’s off of the clock, it is only a friction fit, just push it out or pry it out of the hand with a flat screwdriver. Now to take off the hour hand, this is only a friction fit so all you do is twist it and pull toward you at the same time and it will come off.
Remove the dial
Removing the dial is done after the hands are off. There is anywhere between 2 and 4 small nails holding the cuckoo dial on the clock. Sometimes, on rare occasions, the dial is glued to the clock case. Either way, it is the same method to remove the dial. You take a small flat head screwdriver and lift gently on the dial on one side and then the other until little by little it will come up and off the case.
Once the dial is off of the clock please notice the saw tooth rack. The rack looks like a saw with sharp teeth and it flops up and down in the front of the movement. It falls down on a snail looking thing that is on the same tube as the hour hand. In other words the smaller of the two hands that points out the hour is also on this same tube as the snail. A rack and snail count system these components determine how many times it will cuckoo each hour.
How it works
There are at least 12 saw looking teeth on the rack, one tooth per hour totaling at least 12. The rack will fall onto the portions of the snail then moves back up one tooth at a time. Each tooth that climbs back up lets the strike train run for that time duration. That time duration of the strike wheels spinning will allow the clock to cuckoo one time. The lowest portion of the snails humps would be 12 strikes for 12 o'clock. This is because the lowest hump on the snail will expose 12 teeth on the rack.
Correcting Cuckoo Strike Quantity Issues
If there is any Cuckoo Strike Quantity Issues, the issue is in this area. The best thing to do is to make it strike over and over as you look at these components in action. There is usually no parts to buy to fix this and it’s usually just a matter of tweaking something here or there to let the rack fall as it should and when it should. Something to note is that if it strikes ONE and TWELVE ok, then the snail is on correctly and the rest of the hours will automatically be ok. So the goal is to be sure the clock strikes the 12 times ok and then the one o’clock also. This will solve the Cuckoo Strike Quantity Issues.
Cuckoo clock door stuck open
Upon installation of a new cuckoo clock movement this is a common issue. The Cuckoo clock door stuck open could be a number of things. Please check the following to see if it solves the issue of the door not closing all the way.
Weights not heavy enough
If the pine cone weight that controls the cuckoo portion of the clock is not heavy enough then sometimes this can be the issue. You can pull down some on the currently used weight and see if the door shuts. If the below issues are checked, and the door only shuts when you pull the weight down some, then consider adding a heavier weight to the cuckoo strike side. It maybe the wrong pine cone weight to begin with.
The cuckoo clock movement may need oiling at least on the arms that make the bird go in and out of its house. Also, it is good to put a drop of clock oil on the door hinges and the connections for the wire that goes from the bird to the door.
Bending the door wire
Try bending up the wire that goes from the bird to the Cuckoo clock door. If you put an upward hump of a bend in this wire, it will basically be the same as shortening this wire. With a bent or shortened wire, the bird will not come out as far, but also the bird will pull the door shut more when it goes back in the clock case to sleep.
Bird wires bent
The arm that pushes the arm to make the bird come out, may need to get bent inward some. This may be tricky to see or get to, but sometimes there is a small side door on the side of the cuckoo clock case that you can open and see this wire, or arm, that pushes the arm that connects to the bird. Other times there is no door on the side of the case and you will need to do it from the back of the movement by taking the back panel off of the cuckoo case.
Correcting a bent bird wire
When looking at the back of the movement, this arm will be in a horizontal direction on the back right hand side of the clock movement. Your right as you look at the back of the movement that is. In some cuckoos this is even trickier to see or adjust as the right hand bellow tube maybe in the way and has to be removed. Locate this horizontal wire that is in the approximate middle of the movement, located on the strike train side, this is the wire that can get bent. This bending in of the wire more into the movement, will in turn make the door come out more. If bent out some toward the case side, will allow the bird to go in more and therefore the door will shut more.
Disconnecting the bellows
The lift wires travel from the movement up to the flaps of the old bellow tops. Furthermore, these wires are taken off in order to remove the cuckoo bellows. Usually this is done by opening the loop on the lower end of the lift wire. This is where it connects to the movement's lift arm. Use a small flat head screwdriver to twist open the loop on the wire.
Removing the cuckoo bellows
Usually, one flat head screw holds the cuckoo bellows in the clock. The screw goes into the bellow tube. This would be on the side of the cuckoo clock case. Subsequently, each side has a bellow tube and therefore each side has a screw. This is providing the bellows were not glued in place prior to this. Once the screw is out of the tube, it can be pried off with a small screwdriver. Generally speaking, the screwdriver is used because there is still one small nail holding it in place. It is most certainly fairly small so it is simple to pop it off. As always, be careful not to damage the clock case when doing these things.
Installing the cuckoo wires
The first step is to install the eye loop wire into the new bellow tops. In essence, in the same manner as the old ones. Second, drill a small pilot hole into the Cuckoo Clock Bellow Tops. Shove the eye loop into the hole with needle nose pliers. Next work on the bird tail lift wire. The bird tail lift wire is mounted the exact same way. It is be best to get the cuckoo clock wire assortment with the tops. This way, you will have extra wires in case one breaks or gets twisted up.
Removing old cuckoo bellow tops
The old cuckoo bellow tops will just snap off the tubes. The top of the tube will have some old glue stuck which has to be carefully cleaned off with a knife. Just carefully scrape it off until it is smooth. This way it has a nice, flat surface for the new tops to be installed. New epoxy will be needed as well for the installation of the new tops. Clear 5 minute epoxy mixes A with B and is great for this project. The regular epoxy is also fine. Any epoxy that dries fast will do the job. After all, it doesn't have to be anything fancy. With the tops scraped smooth, the epoxy will adhere well. If old epoxy is leftover, the bumps will make the new tops not stick as well.
Installing new cuckoo bellow tops
When the new tops are epoxied, either place them upside down to dry or clamp them. Clamping them is the best, however if you do not have them then turning them upside down is the next option. Most importantly, the bellows have to be able to open without resistance. This means there needs to be a gap between the closed flap of the bellow top and the front of the tube. If this small gap is not there, the bellow will jam on the side of the clock case upon opening. The top needs to be in the exact position as the old one was. As a result, it will be able to blow air into the hole that is in the top of the tube. This is so it will not rub anything.
Cuckoo Clock Parts
Cuckoo clock parts shipped every day from Huntington, MA. Please read the top information tabs for helpful hints on performing various repairs. The most common part needed is the cuckoo clock hands because they break easy during storage. Another very common part needed for the cuckoo clock is the bellow tops. They dry out and eventually rip so the cuckoo clock will not call out the hours.
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Cuckoo Clock Hands
Cuckoo clock hands Hour and minute hand for post 1950 cuckoo clocks. The hands are measured by the minute hand length from the center of the mounting hole to the end. The hour hand comes with the set of hands ...CU10: $4.89View Product
Cuckoo Clock Bellow Tops
Cuckoo Clock Bellow Tops Cuckoo Clock Bellow Tops are replaced when the bellow cloth is ripped and has a hole. With a hole in the bellow cloth the cuckoo sound will not play correctly. These are sold in a vari ...CU4: $14.89View Product
Cuckoo Clock Hand Nuts
Cuckoo clock hand nuts 6 nuts and 6 washers to fit the hand shaft of a post 1950 cuckoo clock. This nut is screwed onto the end of the hand shaft to keep the minute hand in place. The nuts are all the same thr ...
Cuckoo Chain Hook Set
Cuckoo Chain Hook Set Installation Installation of the cuckoo chain hook and ring set is easy. Each link on the chain is only a wire folded into a unsoldered loop only. With two needle nose pliers a simple twist i ...
Cuckoo Clock Weights
Cuckoo Clock Weights Cuckoo clock weights are in the form of pine cones. They are sold in gram weight and this gram amount is usually stamped on the weight itself. Cuckoo clocks all take the same weight for al ...CU5: $14.89 – $34.89View Product
Cuckoo Clock Wire Assortment
Cuckoo Clock Wire Assortment Includes bellow lifting wires in various lengths, eye hole wires, cuckoo bird door wires and the bird to door wire. This is all the wires that maybe needed upon a cuckoo clock restor ...
Replacement Cuckoo Clock Chain
Replacement Cuckoo Clock Chain These chains are sold in single 6FT lengths and come in various links per foot (LPF). There are two ways of getting the correct chain. Count how many links in a foot of the ...CU8: $7.89 – $14.89View Product
Clock Oil With Oiler
Clock Oil With Oiler Precision pen oiler that is filled with quality general purpose clock oil. The applicator makes it easy to oil hard to reach pivot holes. Oiling a clock is done with the oiler to put the smallest dr ...
Cuckoo Bellow Top Epoxy Adhesive
Cuckoo Bellow Top Epoxy Adhesive Cuckoo bellow top epoxy is needed when replacing a worn top with a new one. Cuckoo bellow top epoxy also works well to glue broken cuckoo wood case parts back together. This styl ...
Cuckoo Minute Hand Bushing
Cuckoo minute hand bushing Minute hand bushings that fit the style cuckoo hands that have a round hole in the minute hand. These are sold in a six pack of the same size or a single bushing can be purchased. I ...CU6: $4.89 – $9.89View Product
Maple Cuckoo Clock Pendulum
Maple Cuckoo Clock Pendulum Maple leaf cuckoo clock pendulums for either one day or eight day clocks. The sizes listed are the size of the maple leaf on the pendulum stick, the stick itself is 7 inches lon ...CU19: $19.89View Product
Cuckoo Clock Deer Antlers
Cuckoo Clock Deer Antlers Cuckoo clock deer antlers made of sturdy plastic with a wooden look. These plastic antlers will not break as easy as the old wooden antlers. The size listed is the approximate length ...CU7: $9.89View Product
Cuckoo Clock Numeral Set
Cuckoo Clock Numeral Set Celluloid plastic numerals than can be epoxied to the cuckoo dial to replace missing numerals. Comes as one set of Roman numerals from one to twelve. The numerals are measured from top ...CU12: $4.89View Product
Clock Wood Screw Assortment
Clock Wood Screw Assortment A large assortment of smaller sized wood screws all brass tone for case work or movement mounting. This is the best assortment for mounting mantle or cuckoo clock sized clock movement ...
Long Screw-Drivers Cuckoo-Clock Repair set of 6
Long Screw-Drivers Cuckoo-Clock Repair set of 6 Long Screw-Drivers Cuckoo-Clock Repair set of 6 assorted Philips and flat head. These are the best set to remove movements from there clock cases. They reach into ...
Side-Opening Cuckoo Clock Bellows with Tubes
Side-Opening Cuckoo Clock Bellows Side-opening cuckoo clock bellows are sold as a pair with the tubes attached. Bellow top flaps will open the along side of the clock case toward the front of the clock. These be ...CU2: $24.89View Product