My Generations Jetfire has a messed up leg joint - Any suggestions?

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  1. Chronix

    Chronix Well-Known Member

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    His right leg joint wobbles for like a mile between clicks (forward/back) causing major stability issues. (When it does click, it sometimes makes a weird grating sound)
    I assume floor polish won't do anything since it's a ratchet.

    Any way I could fix this? This one issue is kind of taking away from my enjoyment of the figure :( 
     
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  2. atomD21

    atomD21 Not made of sterner stuff...

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    It sounds like the teeth on the ratchet joint are being worn down. Floor polish won't do anything for that at all. It's all only held together with screws, so if you're not afraid to take it apart, I would do that and see what is going on.
     
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  3. Chronix

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    That's odd. I probably should've mentioned that it was doing this right out of the box, since I only got it today. The fact that brand new figures can have these kinds of problems really kinda sucks. I'll try taking it apart to see what's wrong then I guess.
     
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    Anyone know how this piece is connected to the main body?
    upload_2016-10-17_19-7-43.png
    I see no screw and I don't know if just pulling it off the swivel part is a good idea.
     
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    The red circular part is a cover for the screw hole. Use something that won't damage the paint and you can pop it off.
     
  6. general saberwi

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    I'll take a look at my Jetfire tonight, see if I can get it apart, then at least you won't be flying blind.
     
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    You may have to get a new one if you can't fix it yourself.
     
  8. Chronix

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    Update: It has occoured to me that one possible solution might be to remove the gear, flip it over and reinsert it so the leg is held in place by the teeth that aren't (presumably) worn down. Only issue is taking the hip section apart.. It seems you also need to separate the torso which requires the removal of 2-3 pins before you can remove the big one holding the hip on which would probably be a big hassle :( 
     
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    pop the legs off the mushroom peg and rotate the hips around?
     
  10. Chronix

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    Tried, but doesn't work since the posts connecting them to the body aren't centered so they only fit the 'normal' way round.
     
  11. Fenrir Zero

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    Shoot it, send what can be used to make glue, and serve the rest to scientists and those who like that kind of "meat".

    (Also, I had a case where my "Legends" version locked up and snapped in half when I tried to transform it. So I can understand how frustrated you must be.)
     
  12. Chronix

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    I give up, this toy was built by the devil and he clearly did not want me fixing the mistakes of Hasbro's poor QC.

    The only thing I can think of now would be to break off/destroy the caps on these pins.
    upload_2016-10-18_12-34-56.png

    If there are any wizards out there who have succeeded in disassembling the hip, do you think it would stay on the body/work well without the cap?
     
  13. Chronix

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    Update:
    I fixed it, kinda.
    Turns out the gear wasn't stripped at all, some knucklehead just didn't tighten a screw properly. Had to break the cap so the hip can come off now, but there's enough friction to hold it on at least and the leg now works fine.

    All because of a loose screw.