Troubleshooting Your Cuckoo Clock 6

Most problems that occur with cuckoo clocks are easy fixes that you can perform yourself. Below are the most common ones, with videos for troubleshooting your cuckoo clock.


Does your cuckoo stop ticking? Does it not keep time?



Is your cuckoo not cuckoo-ing?



Is the hour hand loose?


How to Properly Pack Your Clock for Shipping

It’s difficult to see this on this video, but it’s very important: Be sure to run the wire through four links (on a non-musical, six on a musical) of the chain, close to the bottom of the clock. It’s hard to see this most important detail in the video. That way you’ll catch both chains coming and going, so they can’t fall off the sprocket inside, necessitating a trip to the Clock Doc.
Also, catch the loop that the pendulum hangs on with the wire. That will keep it from banging around inside and possibly getting things out of whack.

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6 thoughts on “Troubleshooting Your Cuckoo Clock

  • Don Yarber

    I paid $400 last year for a new movement for my Black Forrest Cuckoo clock. It runs fine when it is running. Problem is it stops randomly, but always in one of two places, either 5 minutes before the hour or 25 minutes past the hour. I suspect it has something to do with the linkage, but can find no visual problem.

    • JOdieRD Post author

      Hi Don,

      I betcha it’s an easy fix that you can do yourself. Give Keith Seabolt a call next week. He’s The Clock Shop in Cleveland, GA. 770-219-3556. I’m going to see him at the end of the week as he has a batch of my Backyard Birds clocks. I’ll ask him what the fix was. Then I’ll be able to answer. My goal is to have a whole lot more here on my site so people can solve little issues like this quickly. And videos if need be. I’m uploading my first one, unpacking and setting up your cuckoo clock, right now.

      Thanks for asking!


      • Don Yarber

        Hi: Thanks for your post. I didn’t see it until this morning. I took the clock back to the repairman who had installed the new works, and he did an adjustment. It worked fine for the first month or so, no it is right back to doing the same thing.

  • Jay Reed

    My cuckoo clock is approx 12 years old. The pendulum works perfectly but the hands (both hour and minute) have just recently stopped.
    Any suggestions?
    Thank you

    • JOdieRD Post author

      Since you’ve had the clock that long I strongly suggest you get it to a cuckoo doc to have to cleaned. He or she can get the hands issue taken care of at the same time. In fact, the two could be related. If you like i can recommend my guy Keith Seabolt of The Clock Shop in Cleveland, GA, but that will probably mean you have to send him the clock. But he is one of if not the top clock doc in the country. Thanks for asking!