If you own a Nikon DSLR and suddently an error of 'Press Shutter Release Again' pops up and it wont take any pictures although you press the Shutter repeately,what would you do?
I had this problem a week ago on a vacation using my 1st beginner's DSLR ,a Nikon D40.
If its under Nikon Warantee,you can turn in to the dealer & wait for the repair but what if its beyond warantee period, or you bought it used with expired Warantee?
Here's my solution to fix it to save some repair charges and guess it might bless someone with the same problem there.
There is a gear motor that controls the tripping of the Shutter Release mechanism and over time,it either gets a bit tight to turn over or just contaminated with dust & needed soe light lubrication to get it back to normal( provided the motor is still ok).

Step 1: Tools & Stuffs You Need

You will need:
Small Watch Maker's Phillips Screw Driver
Can of Spray Grease (or any General Purpose Light duty Grease)
Tissue Paper
A Clean Dust free Environment 

Step 2: First, Remove Its Battery.

Turn the DSLR over,unlatch the battery cover & remove its battery from the Camera.
You can recharge it if its is low for testing later.

Step 3: Remove the Bottom Base Cover Plate

Remove the bottom Cover plate held by 9 screws (5 long & 4 short ) .Start by unsrewing the long screw inside the battery compartment and work clockwise to remove the other 8 screws.
This will expose the Gear motor operating the shutter which neede to be serviced .

Step 4: Removed All Screw Holding the Base Cover

Step 5: Proceed Removing All Screws in a Sysmetic Clockwise Order

There are 2 long screws here holding the cover around the lens mount.

Step 6: Remove All Screws and Aside It on a Piece of Tissue Paper

Remove all Screws(total 9) and the bottom cover and place them on either a Clean Tissue Paper.This is a very straight forward task using only a Watch Makers Philips Screw Driver as your prime Tool.

Step 7: View of the D40 DSLR Base With Cover Removed.

This is the base of the D40 with cover removed exposing the Shutter Motor Mechanism.

Step 8: The Gear Operating the Shutter

This is the Gear operated by a motor that is responsible for operating the Shutter Mechanism.

Step 9: Lightly Move the Gear & Inspect for Contamination

Use a clean Tooth pick to lightly move the gear Upwards until a friction is felt.
Stop here & move Downwards while inspecting for contamination & smoothness.

Step 10: A Closer View of the Gear Seen Through a Magnifying Glass

Use a Magnifying Glass if you cannot see the Comtamination clearly.
Remove any visible contamination trapped between teeth of Gear .
It should give a smooth feeling when lightly pushed until it stops.Don not push beyond but reverse in opposite direction.

Step 11: Repeat About 5 Cycles.

I lightly move the gear forward & backwards about 5 cycles, cleaning & removing any visiblre foreign material likely trapped in between gears before applying new Grease.

Step 12: Apply New Grease Between Gears

Upon removing foreign material, apply only enough Greas to lubricate the gears tripping the Shutter.
I use a Can Spray Can and is able to have good control on the amount dispensed.
Practice first on other area if you are new to using a spray type Grease as you do not want to smear all over causing more harm than good.

Step 13: Spray a Little at a Time & Move Th Gears

Spray a little at atime moving the Gears forward & backwards to ensure good coverage.Any thing too much & too little is not good either. 

Step 14: Move the Gears 5 Cycles to Spread Out Grease

Move the Gears another 5 Cycles upwards & downwards with Grease applied & reapplied untill all teeth are lightlycovered with Grease.

Step 15: Insert Battery & Test Before Closing Up Cover.

I reinsert the Battery holding with my thumb and the error was gone upon turning on Power.
I made a few shots on Program mode looking at Gears turning each time the shutter opens & closes!
Made it! timothywooi2@gmail.com

Step 16: Close Back Base Cover & Have Fun!

Turn DSLR off & remove battery.
Put back the base Cover & Screws starting from the Inside of the Battery compartment,
Work in an anti clockwise direction noting the length of Screws (long ones at battery compartment & lens mount)  
Tighten lightly using 2 Finger force until all are in place.
Retighten with only finger force in opposite direction.
Put in the Battery,close the latch ,turn on power & Have Fun Shooting again!
A blessing from Jitra,Malaysia to all.
From the desk:

Timothy Wooi,
Designer of Tims Waterfuel, 20C,Taman Bahagia,0600,Jitra,Kedah,Malaysia.
Hi Timothy, <br>I'm glad you like my fix for the D40x shutter problem that I found back in 2009. Could you be so kind as to credit me with this fix. You also have the Attribution Non-commercial Share Alike (by-nc-sa) for your site. <br> <br> http://jacko0.wordpress.com/2009/10/13/d40x-underside/ <br> <br>Regards <br> <br>Jacko
<p>thanks jacko</p>
You're welcome Simone
My husband just fixed my Nikon D60 using this. Thank you. I love my camera and did t want to buy a new body.
<p>I'd been hit by the issue last week during a family trip. 25k shots and 10years life.<br>Tried the fix but can't get rid of it in a consistent way. Sad but true i'll have to buy a new body :(</p>
<p>Only partially working. I have tried to use grease and it works a few times, then goes back to giving me the error. The little red gear moves just fine. I can't see anything holding it up. I put the grease, move the gear, put it back together. It takes 2 shots and I get the error message again. I tried jacko0's video, but there is nothing in my mirror like described and it doesn't seem to be stuck. Any other suggestions.</p>
<p>Then Your Shutter trip motor has worn out and need a replacement.</p>
<p>Tim, Is this the motor that the red gear is on? Any direction where to buy one?</p>
<p>oops someone else posted the mirror comment. I will try jacko0's video now.</p>
<p>I have Nikon D3200,problem camera on is massage</p><p> error,turn camera off and then on camera please help me, thanks for your help</p><p> I shot a bunch of pictures last night with the kit 18-55 VR lens, </p><p>When I came inside, I switched back to the kit lens, and the camera gives me the error</p><p> &quot;Error: Turn camera off and then on again.&quot; If I detach the lens and cycle power, </p><p>it goes away, but immediately returns when I attach the lens.</p><p>It also happens when I attach the Nikon 35mm f/1.8 AF-S, which implies that it's the</p>
<p>I have Nikon D3200,problem camera on is massage</p><p> error,turn camera off and then on camera please help me, thanks for your help</p><p> I shot a bunch of pictures last night with the kit 18-55 VR lens, </p><p>When I came inside, I switched back to the kit lens, and the camera gives me the error</p><p> &quot;Error: Turn camera off and then on again.&quot; If I detach the lens and cycle power, </p><p>it goes away, but immediately returns when I attach the lens.</p><p>It also happens when I attach the Nikon 35mm f/1.8 AF-S, which implies that it's the</p>
<p>Thanks Timothy and Jacko0 :)</p><p>I had the dreaded &quot;Error - Press Shutter Release Button Again&quot; after taking my camera on a 3 month trip around Australia. Through hot and cold and dusty conditions it survived until I got home.</p><p>I took the camera to an authorised Nikon repairer only for them to tell me the motor was stuffed and it's not worth spending the money on fixing it. Throw it away and buy a new camera and lense kit they told me!</p><p>So I googled and found this post. </p><p>I bought some Inox mx6 grease, pulled the camera apart and followed the steps. Couldn't find any debris so I greased it and voila!</p><p>Works as good as new now - Thank you so much for posting the easy to follow steps and the fix (I also thanked Jacko0 on his blog)</p>
<p>NICE! it worked on a Nikon D60. </p><p>Thanks Timothy and Jacko0</p>
<p>Благодаря!!!!!Разкошен си . Стана от раз!!!!</p>
<p>Didn't work for me. Guess I'll have to go deeper into the camera.</p>
<p>Then Your Shutter trip motor has worn out and need a replacement.</p>
<p>Hi I tried this, and it only worked for 1-2 shutter presses. Then the error popped up again, and the gear was stuck again. I think it might be stuck at a deeper level - any advice??</p>
<p>Then Your Shutter trip motor has worn out and need a replacement.</p>
<p>Thanks, Timothy. I just fixed the error message on my D40X using your easy to follow instructions. You saved me a lot of time and money.</p><p>Richard</p>
<p>Here was my solution to this problem via somebody else's post on YouTube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nKCtczszWOQ Try this first!</p>
<p>this just saved me $300 and a lot of time - this is exactly what you want to try first.</p><p>thank you for posting erik</p>
<p>mine pops this error with only my 35 mm lens. why would it be only with a certain lens or aperature</p>
<p>Thanks! Your fix made me a hero to my lady, much obliged!</p>
My Nikon D40x and D80 are having the same problem at the same time.<br>If I press the shutter botton when the lence is at (M) manual, it will shut but will never shut at (A) auto and all I use is the A which is the auto . pls what can I do the them ?
The fix worked perfectly. Thank you VERY much.
<p>Thanks SOOOOOOO MUCH! It Worked:)</p>
Don't spray lube in your camera! Ever! Use a toothpick to deposit the lube on the gear. Secondly, the screw heads look like Phillips but are actually JIS crosspoint, use too much force on a tight screw and you can mangle the head using a Phillips point screwdriver. And regarding a comment further down, WD-40 is not a lubricant it is a penetrating and water displacing concoction that will migrate all over the inside of your camera.
<p>I'm having the same problem with shutter release for my camera. I'm having problems getting the base off the camera. Can you tell me what size JIS crosspoint screwdriver I need?</p>
<p>I bought a set of JIS cross points, the trick is the find one that fully engages the slot, I don't recall the actual size. You will use the set for other things, almost nothing coming out of Asia uses Phillips cross heads. (The Phillips screwdriver was designed to cam-out of the slot if over torqued, not so with the JIS.)</p>
<p>darkroommike is correct! WD-40 stands for &quot;Water Displacement&quot; (disperses moisture to prevent rust/oxidation and penetrates into mechanisms and tight spaces. Spray nothing into a dense, congested camera assembly. Small amounts only and only in specific areas. When in doubt- don't do it.</p>
<p>I was going to take my trusty D40 to the camera shop today .. until I saw this ! <br>I have followed the instructions and 'touch wood' it seems to have worked :D <br>I didn't use any spray/grease as it wasn't stuck but I was suprised that there was quite a bit of dirt on it, having cleaned it and re-assembled it seems to be working fine ! :) Thanks for the advice - really helpful and has probably saved me a small fortune :)</p>
Are all of the screws the same size? I got al of the short ones off no problem but now the longs ones are not cooperating and want to strip
Had a problem taking photos with fast shutter speeds, got the error above. Slow shutter speeds were fine. ₤1.98 on a tube of grease and 15 minutes later and it's working like new. Thanks!
Thank for the information, I already try the step and it's sucsessfull. Thanks ya. I try to download the PDF but can't. Please advise me. Thanks.
Genius. I was quite concerned when my camera had this error while my family was at the fair. <br> <br>Took off the bottom plate, exercised the red wheel and found dirt in it. Removed dirt meticulously with a toothpick, then used a lightweight grease (WD-40) and dropped a doplet onto the gear and exercised it. Seems to work great now. <br> <br>Thank you for taking the time to post this instructional. <br> <br>
I am not sure if grease is the clue. The problem seems to be inside the motor and it is (temporarily) solved by moving the motor. Please be exremely careful with spraying anything inside the camera. Wolf from Germany
I have a Nikon D40x that I use infrequently. I brought it in from the cold (Wisconsin winter) in to a swimming pool, and water condensed all over it. I slowly warmed it and started taking pictures. After a few shots I got the error &quot;Press Shutter Release Again&quot; and nothing would work. <br><br>I came to this site, and followed the steps that you described above. I used &quot;Phil Wood&quot; bike grease. After adding a little bit of grease, it worked, then then error came back. I added a bit more grease, and spun the red gear some more. Then it worked fine.<br><br>It's been a day and the camera is working fine. Thanks so much for your incredibly detailed and helpful guide. What an amazing resource!
You are most welcome buddy! visit my facebook, https:// facebook.com/Tim's Photo Gear from Japan to see more photography stuff! You can also see me at facebook,Timothy Wooi
:) D40's are getting pretty cheap nowadays anyway if you had to replace it. My heart beats 10x faster every time I open a camera I bet someone out there has this problem and its a huge help
Are you sure that &quot;Spray Grease&quot; is harmless to plastic gears? <br><br>I would also be concerned with high pressure release of the grease, which may find its way to shutter curtains or the sensor. If your spray grease is compatible with plastic gears I would suggest spraying in a small container (i.e., a bottle cap) and applying from there using a toothpick.<br><br>Otherwise, if it really works, great instructable.<br><br>My two cents,<br><br>Koray
So far I've been using Spray grease on 'Plastic Gears' on Remote control Cars without problems as Plastic Gears are injected from Poly Propylene(PP) a smooth type of 'plastic) that is resistant to chemicals &amp; solvents used in Canned grease. Do not use if your are doubtful and get some Silicon grease sold in tube if you can have access to. <br> <br>
Yes,as Ive mention practice on other area first if you are a beginner using this if not spray on a tootk pick &amp; transfer over.Ive no problem on dispensing right amount of spray using this method.If you can have access to silicon grease,so much so the better. <br>

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