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Yamaha FC3 Pedal Squeak
#693192 08/17/04 08:13 PM
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I finally got my P250 (love it), but the pedal seems to be squeaking... it's very noticable, since I tend to play with the volume low.

Does anyone else have this problem or a fix to it?

It sounds like the spring. Is this just normal?

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I bought my P250 about six weeks ago or so and do not have any problems with my pedal. Why not simply open the pedal up and take a look. It might just be the spring touching another piece of metal - placing a piece of rubber or cloth between the two surfaces might do the trick ... or oil or grease.

I added some duct tape around the cable as it travels through that opening to protect it from chaffing. Other than that, that was the only 'adjustment' I made to my pedal.


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I have had about ten of these pedals and half of them squeak or do so after a while. I have opened them up and have yet figured out how to stop it.


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In case somebody else has the same problem. I took off the bottom plate and applied some vaseline to the sides of the metal part that moves up and down against the plastic. It's quiet now.
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When I got my P-120, the pedal became quite squeaky within a couple of weeks. I opened it up and rearranged the lubricating compound to cover the moving parts better. Hasn't sqeaked since. I can see how vaseline would work as well.

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When I got my P-120, the pedal became quite squeaky within a couple of weeks. I opened it up and rearranged the lubricating compound to cover the moving parts better. Hasn't sqeaked since. I can see how vaseline would work as well.
Ditto.

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Thanks very much! I will try this!
I'm not much of a mechanical person, so I thought I'd get more experienced opinions.

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Hi there, I couple of years ago I have a Yamaha P60 and the pedal FC3 is not very nice. I bought the Yamaha FC4 and the difference is huge! The FC4 is not too expensive and as I said, very different.. much better! Try it!


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I have an FC3 dual zone pedal that I use with Yamaha P-105.

Good news. I figure out how to fix the squeak.

After a six months of use, it developed an unbearable squeak. I tried spraying some WD-40 into every area where I could see two surfaces rubbing.

Didn't work. The problem got so bad that I switched back to old M-Gear pedal, which is pretty good, but doesn't provide partial sustain.

Today, I decided to spend some quality time on fixing my FC3 so I took it apart and looked for every conceivable instance of two surface rubbing against each other. While there are some obvious areas, I found the all to be more than adequately coated with a thick white grease.

Finally, I found what I looking. Inside the assembly, there are two posts. I could see that would they were greased up, I could tell by some wear grooves that they were rubbing up pretty hard against a plastic surface.

Long story short, I sprayed the WD-40 right on those areas.

I put it back to together.

Problem solved!


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thank you !
good to know, mine developed a little squeak a month after I bought it.
I opened it up but everything was well oiled, i figured it must be some other surface that's not obvious right away

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RandomThoughts #2308640 07/29/14 04:34 PM
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Hope it's OK to revive a dead thread, but there were already a bunch of threads on the FC3 pedal, so I figure we could just update this one. smile

I've read a bunch of threads, and online reviews, but still wondering if the FC3 pedal is the best option. Since this thread ends at just over a year ago, I'm hoping it's possible Yamaha has fixed the issue.

Has anyone one bought one in the last few months and still had squeak problems? Is there an alternate pedal you've tried and recommend?

I have a Yamaha P105 that came with the stupid square thing, that I ended up chasing all over the floor. I'm beginner (under 1 yr- still in book 1). Not sure I'd know the difference between half vs. on/off pedaling, but it seems smarter to spend more money now, than end up buying two pedals later. Feel free to offer a different opinion, as I said, I'm a beginner. wink

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If you just want a heavy, inexpensive "on/off" pedal, M-Audio makes a good one. It's around $20.

Otherwise, make sure that what you buy is compatible with the P105's "half-pedalling" feature (if it has one).

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Thanks!

Yes, the P105 has the half pedaling feature. Otherwise I would have probably just sprung for the FC4, which is just a more "piano pedal-like" on/off pedal versus what came with it. I think the one it came with, the square one, is called the FC5.

You'd think the higher the number the better the pedal not, other way 'round, but that's Yamaha. :P


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