ION Audio Turntable Belt Replacement Guide

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ion belt mainION Audio turntables use a belt drive motor. If the belt falls off the motor spindle, or if the belt needs to be replaced, it is easy to re-position or replace the belt yourself.. This guide walks through the very simple steps required to replace a belt on virtually any model ION Audio turntable. The instructions in this guide apply to most models, not just the one(s) shown.

ION turntable models include, but are not limited to:

  • Air LP
  • Air LP System
  • Archive LP
  • CD Direct
  • Classic LP
  • Duo Deck
  • Easy Play LP
  • Forever LP
  • iLP
  • iProfile
  • Live LP
  • LP 2 CD
  • LP 2 Flash
  • LP 2 Go
  • LP Dock
  • Max LP
  • Mobile LP
  • Photon LP
  • Power Play LP
  • Profile Flash
  • Profile LP
  • Profile Pro
  • Pure LP
  • Quick Play Flash
  • Quick Play LP
  • Select LP
  • TTUSB05
  • TTUSB10
  • Vertical Vinyl
  • Vinyl Forever
  • Vinyl Motion
  • Vinyl Motion Deluxe
  • Vinyl Transport


Turntable Belt Replacement Guide

The pictures below are of the ION Audio TTUSB05. Your turntable may look slightly different, but the procedure is very similar.

  1. Remove both the record, and the slip mat from the turntable. Some platters may have a c-clip that will also need to be removed before you can remove the platter. This can easily be removed by applying a little force with a screw driver and prying it against the opening.


  2. Remove the platter by pulling straight up, and off the spindle. 


  3. Place the platter upside down on a flat surface and stretch the new belt around the inner ring. It is important to center the belt on the ring. Make sure it is on straight, and free of any twists.


  4. With the belt is on, flip the platter over and place it back on the turntable spindle.  Rotate the platter so that you can see the brass motor spindle through one of the openings in the platter. In most cases this spindle is in the bottom left corner of the turntable. 


  5. Pull the belt from the platter so and stretch it around the motor spindle. If the belt is not centered on the spindle your turntable may playback at inaccurate speeds.



Important: Some platters do not have an access hole.  In this case, stretch the belt over the bottom circle on the platter, then the small post as in the images below:

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Then align the point of the teardrop shape formed by the belt and the post with the motor spindle as you lower the platter onto the spindle.

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Turn the platter clockwise and counter-clockwise two full turns each direction.  If the platter feels motion restricted at all in any point, then remove and try again.  Some light consistent resistance is normal from the motor.


Replace the c-clip if desired.  If your turntable has a slip mat, place it back on the platter. Your turntable is now ready to play! 




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