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My Grandfather Clock has Stopped, Can I Fix It?

Everything was fine until we moved the grandfather clock, Now my Clock has Stopped.

While Grandfather clocks are misunderstood to be very fragile and delicate. Grandfather Clocks are actually very durable. When the grandfather clock is not working after a move, there are a few problems to look for that can be easily fixed.
1) Examine the dial on the grandfather clock and check to make sure the hands are not touching or hanging on any parts of the dial or second hand.
2) Check the leveling of the grandfather clock. There are 4 adjustable levelers on the bottom corner of most grandfather clocks.
3) Start the pendulum swinging with a mild push of the hand and make sure your pendulum is swinging freely and not touching the chime rods or weights.
4) Listen to the ticking of the grandfather clock to make sure you are hearing a very even “tick-tock”. Even space between the tick and the tock. If not, the clock is out of beat and needs to be corrected.

If your clock is a chain driven grandfather clock, the chains should be in the order as in the image.

If you listen to the clock just after you give the pendulum a push and notice that the clock is not tick tocking evenly, this means the clock is out of beat. The clock must have an even tick – tock – tick – tock.

If it is uneven, like tick/ tock  — tick /tock  —  tick /tock … Read how to set your grandfather clock in beat to correct this.  This is very common after a grandfather clock has been moved from one location to another.

Chain driven grandfather clock

Chain driven grandfather clock

If one of the above four steps do not seem to be the problem, It would be best to call in a pro. You may find a list of clock technicians at here.
If you are looking for new grandfather clocks, please click here.

Robert Pearson

15 responses on My Grandfather Clock has Stopped, Can I Fix It?

  1. I looked over all the information on here and am still having no luck in getting my clock working again after a move. I’m thinking there is a deeper problem. There is no tick-tock at all when the pendulum is swinging. Opening up the side and observing the gears, they are also not moving with the pendulum. The gear attached to the pendulum just rocks in place not moving the gear below it. Any thoughts?

    1. Hi Jake,

      It may be that your clock is not in beat. This happens often after moving a grandfather clock. After giving the pendulum a nice, wide swing, listen to the tick tock. It is probably uneven…like toc-tic……toc-tic, instead of tick–tock–tick–tock. If the clock is not level, this will also happen. You can find out how to make this adjustment at:
      and also see the video:

      This might do it for you.


  2. Hi my clock starts ticking for a few minutes then stops after following your steps the only thing I notice is that the pendulum does start to twist round slightly when swinging which may be a problem I not sure if there is something missing as it doesn’t seem supported very well.

    1. Hi Vicki,

      If your pendulum is swinging in an elliptical pattern, this can cause the clock to stop. Check your leveling first and if the leveling is good, it is probably a distorted suspension spring. It would need to be replaced. They are available at
      suspension spring

  3. My grandfather clock. Does’t chime any more but the clock is ok. I find the the middle hanging weight is going fast that the one the side ones. Even I notice the
    The chime selection lever is too loose, and it does’t hold any more. It was fine all these years.The model #610-671.

    1. Often times when the silencing option is enabled, the middle weight drops more quickly. It would seem that something has gone awry with this setting and I would recommend contacting a professional to take a further look.

  4. I have a key wound grandfather clock it has a pendulum it stopped working after I wound it all the way up when i push the pendulum it only ticks on one side is there something we can do to fix it

    1. Hi Scott,
      If you clock is level and you are only hearing the tick on one side, setting the beat in the instructions about may solve your problem. You should start by moving the pendulum hanger in the direction where it should have ticked until you fell some resistance and then just a bit further in the direction…then try again. Sometimes it may take several times to get it right.
      Thank You!

  5. Two black wires like hanger thickness equidistant in length sticking out behind the pendulum. I hear one it might be clicking on one on the right. Our level showed level both front and side measures. It chimes at the qtr hour and ran about a minute or two and slowed and quit.
    We moved it here from the warehouse where it was running for two weeks.
    It chimed on the qtr when we first put it in our home yesterday, and ran a couple min. Tonight 24 hrs or more, it does the same thing.

    1. Hi Wendy,
      It may be that your pendulum is hitting one of your chime rods on the right and stopping the pendulum. Look inside and see if the pendulum of your grandfather clock is moving without obstruction or possibly touching one of the chime rods. If it is, you might want to slightly increase the height of the back levelers and see if it will clear it. If it still touches the chime rod, the rod will be to be bent back to the pendulum may swing freely on your clock. Be careful not to break the chime rod. Hold the rod and slightly move it back and forth away from the pendulum area. The rods themselves do not bend as they are very brittle. They can snap off at the top if you are not careful.
      Good Luck,

    1. Hi Reggie..What has happened is your cable for the middle weight for your key wind grandfather clock is probably crossed. A crossed cable is where the cable is overlapping inside the cable drum and stopping the clock. You may get the clock to unwind by taking the pendulum off and letting it tick fast till the weight gets to the bottom. You might have to add about two finger pressure on the top of the middle weight to keep it going during this time. This usually takes a few hours for it to wind down. If it winds down all the way, you should be able to wind it up normally and place the pendulum back on and it may be fine. It not, you will need a technician to manually release to weight from inside.
      Good Luck! Robert

  6. Hi I just moved my clock in my suv, now the chime rods are in the way of the pendulum, it stops the pendulum from swinging, first are the chime rods suppose to be behind the pendulum or in front,

    1. Hi Carmen,
      The pendulum swings between the chime rods and the weights. My guess is the grandfather clock is not level in its new home. The levelers on the bottom back need to extend to slightly raise the back so the pendulum will not touch the chime rods.
      Good Luck,

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