Before we repair the Finch's wheel, we first need to check the cause. Pick up your Finch and turn it upside down. If the star-shaped marker grommet is torn or not centered in the hole, pull it out with pliers and see if that fixes the movement issue. If that does not solve the problem, then we can check the wheels themselves. If you spin the wheels and one of them makes a grinding sound or spins freely, then you will need to contact us for a wheel repair kit. Otherwise, please try our calibration solution.
Once you have a Finch Wheel Repair Kit from us, please follow the videos below to open your Finch, repair the wheel, and reassemble Finch.
Some items to note before starting:
- If the small screwdriver isn't removing the screws in a gearbox, please try another one from a different kit.
- After snapping the gray plastic housing back onto the motor, make sure that the screw hole and the hole in the board are lined up correctly.
- The gray plastic housing around the motor will take a lot of force to snap back into place. This is ok!
- When working with the gearbox and the gray plastic housing, please be mindful of the light sensors on the other side.
- If the gray plastic housing won't snap back on, you can cut the tabs off the housing with diagonal cutters, and then screw the housing back on.
Taking Apart Your Finch 2.0
Repairing the Wheel