Metz 402 - great for 1st shot but will not recycle for 2nd shot

Discussion in '35mm Cameras' started by Pat, Sep 16, 2007.

  1. Pat

    Pat Guest

    After several years of non-use my 402 will "crank up and fire" only
    one time on the manual setting. Whining starts immediately and the
    ready light comes on within 10-15 seconds and the whining stops.

    It will not recycle after the 1st discharge on the manual setting.

    When using any of the 5 automatic settings (and aimed at a suitably
    close target) I am able to discharge numerous times until the
    capacitor has finally discharged but there is no sound indicating the
    recharging or no ready light illumination.

    A new and fully charged NiCd battery pack is being used.

    If the unit is left switched on for hours it still does not give me
    the 2nd recharge of the capacitor.

    In order to have the capacitor recharge it is necessary to leave the
    unit switched off for many minutes, perhaps an hour, before switching
    it on again. It will immediately start to whine when turned on and in
    a about 10 -15 seconds the ready light comes on and the whining stops.
    But, I still have the problem as stated originally.

    I've checked the Sam's, and some other, materials but cannot identify
    the component which would probably be causing the problem. I'd like
    to start using this flash again but it's not cost effective to pay for
    the repair. It seems as if this may be something which could be
    quickly corrected if a faulty part could be replaced.

    What is the component which switches on/off the recharging of the

    I've repaired several smaller flashes but those usually were bad
    connections or a capacitor which just was "dead". Determining what
    to do with this one requires more "smarts" than I have. Anybody out
    there to help???

    Any help in identifying the possible cause/solution of the problem
    would be greatly appreciated.

    Thank you,
    Pat, Sep 16, 2007
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  2. Pat

    Jim Guest

    It is the capacitor... Lots of luck finding one.
    It might be cheaper just to get a new flash.
    Jim, Sep 16, 2007
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