Support: Sidekick Troubleshooting and Tips

Clunking sound while spinning backwards (counterclockwise)

We are seeing some wooden hubs detaching from the nylon drive wheel. It seems in some cases the glue is failing and this causes the wheel to separate from the wooden hub center. When the wheel spins forward (or clockwise) the problem is undetectable, but when spinning backwards (counterclockwise) during plying, there’s a clunking sound.

We will either send a new drive wheel for you to replace. Alternately, if you are not comfortable changing out the drive wheel, we will do it for you, though you are responsible for paying the shipping to us. We will pay the return shipping from us to you. Click here to see replacement instructions.

Treadling is stiff
If your treadling is stiff or there are “flat” spots check to see that there is about a 1/16″ gap between the flyer shaft shoulder and the orifice bearing. The flyer should have a little room to move back and forth between the maidens. If the flyer won’t move, check to be sure that the front maiden is sitting upright and not tilting forward slightly. You may also need to adjust the rear bearing; see “adjusting the rear bearing position” below.

You can also try slightly loosening the screw in the side of the front maiden that holds the bearing in place. This bearing needs to have some movement to allow the flyer to seat properly.

Adjusting the rear bearing positionrear-bearing-adjustment
With the flyer assembly installed, make sure the front and rear maidens are vertical and pushed against their stops. Secure the maidens with the quick release levers.

To check the placement of the rear bearing, slide the flyer assembly to the rear. Check to see that there is small gap between the shoulder on the flyer shaft and the orifice (front) bearing.

If the flyer doesn’t move and there is no gap, you will need to reposition the rear bearing. Loosen the screw in the side of the rear maiden. Slide the flyer to the rear about 1/16″ to create a space between the flyer shaft shoulder and the orifice bearing. Tighten the screw to secure the rear bearing.

Drive band is making noisesidekick-pulley

Place a small drop of oil on the grooves on either side of the drive band pulley where the drive band is held.

Check to make sure that the drive band is in the pulley as shown

in the image to the right. Take the drive band from the back of the drive wheel and pull it to the front of the drive band pulley and into the groove on the right. Take the drive band from the front of the wheel to the back of the drive band pulley and tug it into place in the groove on the left.

Treadles won’t slide together smoothly or are hard to move110419-sidekick 008
Loosen the nuts holding the bolts on the treadle support bar.

Treadles are squeaky or making noise

In some cases, a small change to your foot position on the treadles can reduce or eliminate noise. Experiment and see what works. If you continue to have problems, please email for assistance.

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