Any clarifications to E-M1 DIY rear dial “fix?”

Snapshooter

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My E-M1 has the skipping rear dial problem that apparently is common on this model. The quote I got from Olympus to repair it is more than I want to pay—at least for now—so I am trying to understand the DIY temporary fix by spinning the dial that I have read about. I understand this doesn’t provide a permanent fix, but I hope it’s something that can help for now.

I have seen several different descriptions of how to do the fix: Sometimes described as spinning the dial fast one direction for a while, then spinning it fast the other direction for a while. Sometimes described as turning the dial quickly back and forth, one direction then the other. Sometimes described as spinning the dial consistently—though not necessarily fast.

So my question is for folks who have done the DIY “fix”—how have you done it and has it worked?

Thank you.
 

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Some perople have reported using contact cleaner spray works for awhile. Make sure you use something that does not leave any residue. I presume you mean the original EM1
If you like the camera an Olympus repair would be best as they are nice cameras, especiall if you want the tilting only screen or VF4 attachment.
 

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The rear dial on my EM1 has been getting worse and worse in the last couple of months. I've tried spinning the dial back and forth which helped a little bit at first but doesn't do anything to help at this point. I purchased 'MG Chemicals Electrosolve' zero residue contact cleaner, and will be attempting the cleaning of the dial before the end of the week and will report back if there is any success.
 

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So I had a chance to take a part my EM1 this evening and try the Electrosolve contact cleaner on the rear dial. Basically once the cleaner touched the dial it I noticed it was already working like new, after it sat for a while though it would act up again. So after spraying it a second and third time I rapidly spun the dial back and forth over and over, and it got the point where it was consistently working great, not 100%, but like 90% which is good enough for me! I’ll have to wait and see how things go in the long term, but even after sitting for hours I noticed it was still working just as good. The dial on my EM1 was almost to the point of being non functional, so this is a huge improvement and gives me hope. Will keep everyone posted on how things play out.
 

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As I have repeatedly written here and elsewhere, The key problem with the rear dial is that it is too sensitive. It keeps moving the central focussing square when you have to squeeze the body to steady a heavy lens. Most inconvenient.that Oly has not bothered to change firmware to allow incapacitating the wheel. Superglue could be the anwer, except that the wheel is needed to set IBIS.

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This thread inspired me to try a more drastic solution and follow the directions for disassembly here:
https://witonosfreestyle.wordpress.com/2016/11/17/olympus-e-m1-rear-dial-repair-tips/

I am happy to report that now my rear dial seems to be working perfectly. Seems the lack of sealing causes grime build up, go figure...

My advice is to carefully remove and sort the screws as there are two types both in varying lengths:
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