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Panasonic Europe PT-AT6000E
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My Panasonic projector’s lens shift lever got stuck and no matter how hard I tried, I couldn’t get it back to the center position.
I tried to spray WD40 hoping it will release it but it didn’t help.
I also tried opening the chassis to get to the shifting mechanism but couldn’t figure out how to do it.
Please help.
Thanks
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The best thing to do, if the projector is out of warranty, is to check out FixItFrank on YouTube and watch some of his videos. He will help you identify how to open a projector properly and safely to get to the internals.

Do NOT spray WD40 into a projector!

I once had a projector not operate properly with the lens shift and the lens shift mechanism had gotten off track somehow. After taking the cover off, it took me less than a minute to situate it properly back on the track and it was working great again. I think it was an Epson model.

Otherwise, you would need to send it in for repair, which would likely be a couple hundred dollars for what may be a basic mechanical issue that takes thirty minutes or so to resolve.

I'm a bit confused as you link to the AE6000, and that model doesn't have a lens shift lever, so I'm not sure exactly which projector you are talking about specifically.

Good luck!
[Edited by AV_Integrated on Oct 11, 2021 at 4:00 AM]
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Quote (AV_Integrated on Oct 11, 2021 3:57 AM):
The best thing to do, if the projector is out of warranty, is to check out FixItFrank on YouTube and watch some of his videos. He will help you identify how to open a projector properly and safely to get to the internals.

Do NOT spray WD40 into a projector!

I once had a projector not operate properly with the lens shift and the lens shift mechanism had gotten off track somehow. After taking the cover off, it took me less than a minute to situate it properly back on the track and it was working great again. I think it was an Epson model.

Otherwise, you would need to send it in for repair, which would likely be a couple hundred dollars for what may be a basic mechanical issue that takes thirty minutes or so to resolve.

I'm a bit confused as you link to the AE6000, and that model doesn't have a lens shift lever, so I'm not sure exactly which projector you are talking about specifically.

Good luck!

Hi,
That model is the equivalent of the 8000 model in the US and it does have a lens shift lever.
What seems to be the problem is that the shifting mechanism was locked for some reason because the lever was twisted all the way to the left. The spray made the shifting smoother after I unlocked the lever and I sprayed only when the chassis was closed and only directly into the shifting mechanism from the outside.
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Didn't realize they kept it. With the motorized zoom, I thought the lens shift had been motorized as well. Live and learn.

Just checking to ensure that you rotated the lever counterclockwise to loosen it and to see if the lever rotates both directions to loosen/tighten as it is supposed to do.

Detailed on page 24 of the manual.

https://www.projectorcentral.com/pdf/projector_manual_7159.pdf
[Edited by AV_Integrated on Oct 12, 2021 at 5:49 AM]
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Quote (AV_Integrated on Oct 12, 2021 5:49 AM):
Didn't realize they kept it. With the motorized zoom, I thought the lens shift had been motorized as well. Live and learn.

Just checking to ensure that you rotated the lever counterclockwise to loosen it and to see if the lever rotates both directions to loosen/tighten as it is supposed to do.

Detailed on page 24 of the manual.

https://www.projectorcentral.com/pdf/projector_manual_7159.pdf

Thank you.
I was too confident that I memorized all the user manual but apparently I didn’t.