Fixing a jammed OM4 (overwound), B & 1/60 not working either

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  1. vysk

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    I bought an Olympus OM4 with a jammed film advance and shutter. The metering and battery check still worked, but the camera shutter and film are advanced and jammed, and the camera won't fire at B or 1/60 sec, the manual speeds.

    Searching the web, this seems to be a common flaw in the OM4.

    Here is how I fixed it.

    This photo, credit Rui Jorge Moreno, is a start:
    https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-...fk/-iWGqgtu4Xk/s720/2012-09-10%2000.49.24.jpg

    The pictured plate is the main sycnchronizer gear for the film advance, shutter tension drum and the mirror actuation.

    First, the plate needs to be removed. Take off the three screws shown.

    Then, clean out the gears around. Turn the shutter to B or 1/60 (manual setting).

    If you press the shutter release, you'll see that the thin bar to the bottom of the photo moves. There is a pair of lever under the silver gear that also moves. If you move the top and bottom, you'll see that the film advance frees up. That is a great essential first step.

    Also look at what the big thick bar is doing. It activates the mirror movement, and it needs to move too. Take this opportunity to study the mechanism and clean things.

    On my camera, the reverse lock (forked) lever was completely loose. It is also under the silver gear and needs to move freely. You need to remove the mirror mover bar, via its big cross-head screw. THIS SCREW IS A LEFT HAND SCREW !!!!! Remove the bar and secure the reverse lock (forked) lever.

    Then put the mirror lever back into place.

    Now, the camera gears need to be timed correctly. You will find that the film advance finishes in 3 positions. One is the correct one - and it ends with the rabbit ears of the silver gear in the right place, per the photo.

    Under the synchronization plate (that you've removed), you'll find the shutter tension drum. Advance it to the tensioned position - it will click into place. Advance the film advance to the right place. Now re-install the synchronization plate, with the gears in the right place and the cutouts in the correct orientation.

    Now it should all work.
     
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    I don't have a problem with my OM4, but I appreciate the advise and de-mystification of what needs to be done. Well done!

    Steve
     
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    Nice write up. Hopefully my om4t wont need to be worked on anytime soon. I usually take it out over the om1 just because of it's awesome shutter sound.

    Sent from my SCH-I545 using Tapatalk 2
     
  4. John Hermanson

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    While the suggestion clears the jam, it is not a repair for the cause of the jam. I've been doing them for almost 30 years. John
     
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    Thank you, I can fixed my OM4TI.
     
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    While any maintenance/repair advice is always welcome, the comment about it being a "common flaw" is odd. I've shot thousands of frames thru my 4 and 4Ti without a problem. And I would concur with John that this likely indicates an underlying issue that needs resolved.
     
  7. Rick A

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    With my OM-4 it wasn't overwound, it was hardened grease that jambed the winder. Actually, it jambed the relwind release button and wouldn't allow the winder to operate. The correct fix was a CLA from Zuiko John. My camera is no less than perfect now.