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YAMAHA FC3 SUSTAIN PEDAL SQUEAKS
#2782002 11/17/18 06:28 PM
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Hello all that care about a quiet Yamaha FC3 pedal. I've taken the thing apart numerous times trying to figure out what's making the damn thing squeak. I've used WD40, white grease but eventually that annoying squeak comes back. I really think it has something to do with side to side motion of the chrome foot lever which has plastic tabs riding up and down pressing against a plastic housing. If that has too much sideways play to it a squeak occurs. Any thoughts would be appreciated. Thanks, MooganDavid


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Re: YAMAHA FC3 SUSTAIN PEDAL SQUEAKS
MooganDavid #2782034 11/17/18 08:35 PM
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. . . I really think it has something to do with side to side motion of the chrome foot lever which has plastic tabs riding up and down pressing against a plastic housing. . . .


A peculiar design choice . . .

Two suggestions:

a) try some silicone lubricant on the plastic-to-plastic sliding joint. WD40 is OK for metal-to-metal contact, but I don't know how well it works on plastic.

b) Think about whether the squeak could be caused by pieces of the housing that aren't supposed to move, when the pedal goes up and down. If the assembly is even slightly loose, squeaks are possible.

a Google search yields (first hit):

http://forum.pianoworld.com/ubbthreads.php/topics/693199/Yamaha%20FC3%20Pedal%20Squeak.html

which might be worth reading.


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Re: YAMAHA FC3 SUSTAIN PEDAL SQUEAKS
MooganDavid #2782080 11/18/18 02:16 AM
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WD-40 won't harm most plastics ... but it's not meant for use as a lubricant.
Instead ... try white lithium grease. It's cheap, easy to find, works well, and lasts long.

Re: YAMAHA FC3 SUSTAIN PEDAL SQUEAKS
MooganDavid #2782134 11/18/18 08:22 AM
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The squeak on mine was caused by the pedal sliding against the side of the slot in the plastic housing, from too much side to side movement. Silicone spray took care of it.


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Originally Posted by Coker
[...] pedal sliding against the side of the slot in the plastic housing [...]


Same thing in a Yamaha FC8. A knife took care of it. Or maybe I used side cutters.

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An easier lubrication solution is simply graphite. If you can get in there, just rub a simple pencil into the joint or area. Grease or other goo will attract dirt and fuzz and you may have other problems a few years down the line. If graphite doesn't work, you did no harm.... then try spray teflon lubricant which is a "dry" lube.... also called "Dry PTFE" lube. I would try the dry solutions first, then move to the dirt magnets last.

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