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07-31-2009, 08:57 AM   #1
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Spotty meter intermittent

A bit stumped on this one... my Spotty developed a weird thing lately, where the meter just stops working for a while, then works fine again. I replaced the original battery cover which was corroded to hell and made sure the contacts are clean and good.

Any suggestions on where to start looking? Not too sure what the most common points of failure are.

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In a loud chorus, the standard answer is:

Send It To Eric!

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(Sounds like the corrosion extended to the wires/soldering that attach to the battery chamber.)
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Either that or the meter switch has a dirty contact. Try moving it up and down several times to see if that helps
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QuoteOriginally posted by Nesster Quote
Either that or the meter switch has a dirty contact. Try moving it up and down several times to see if that helps
Yes...I forgot about that switch!

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OK, I'll take a look at the switch.

The battery chamber corrosion was almost exclusively on the battery cover itself, so doubt it messed up anything else.

Just wanted to check if there were any known weak points before I tear it apart. Too cheap to pay somebody else unless it's one of the Leicas...
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I agree, it sounds like the meter switch, a known Spotmatic Achilles heel.
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I'll report back once I dig into it. It's my only M42 film camera right now so need it back in working order!
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