Introduction: Repair Your FisherPrice Cradle Swing

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Do you have a Fisher Price cradle swing with a dead motor?
Do you want to spend $9 instead of $50+ dollars to repair it?
Even better, do you have a working Air Wick Freshmatic (or Freshmatic Express) air  freshener laying around?

If you answered yes to those questions, then read up, cause I'll tell you how to replace the main motor in your swing with the motor from the air freshener... cause they are THE SAME!

Besides the above items you will need:
1x Small flathead screwdriver
1x Small Phillips screwdriver
1x Medium Phillips screwdriver
1x Soldering gun + solder
1x Wire strippers/cutter
Some electrical tape, or if you wanna be fancy, heat shrink tubing.

Step 1: Rip Apart Your Air Freshener

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Did you run out and buy the air freshener or have one laying around? Sweet, you are good to go.

1. Open it up, I used an old one laying around, so I pulled out the batteries and can, if it's new, you may be able to skip this step.
2. Get a small flathead screwdriver and remove the 2 triangular screws in Pic 2.
3. Using a Phillips, remove the 3 screws in Pic 3. The 2 large gears slide off their posts easily, using a flathead screwdriver, pry the small gear off the shaft of the motor.
4. Remove the 2 screws in Pic 4 and unclip the power cord to the motor seen in Pic 5.
5. Snip off the plastic clip and that's it! This motor will be replacing the dead one in your swing.
Pitch all the leftover parts of the air freshener, or use it for crafts, whatever floats your boat. The AA batteries should be fine, AND you can still use the can of freshener manually!

Step 2: Dismantle Your Swing 1/2

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Ok, now we need to remove the dead motor from our swing. Pull the batteries or unplug the swing. Keep your infant happy in some way shape or form, luckily for me, my daughter enjoys the bouncy seat almost as much as the swing... almost.

1. With your Phillips, remove the screw holding the cradle in place, and depress the tab to slide it off the post. See Pic 1.
2. Depress these 2 tabs Pic 2, and slide the legs off, you can now take the top to a table to continue. (Note: What you are holding now is what you have to buy for $50 to "repair" it from Fisher Price.)
3. Remove 10 screws from the bottom of the unit, Pic 3 shows 5, the other 5 are mirrored on the opposite side. Note which screws go where, each pair is specific to it's location.
4. Remove these 4 screws under the battery cover, Pic 4.
5. Now gently pry on the seam starting from the rear and working forward. The front tab is a little tricky, but pull straight up to get it off. Be careful as the wiring to the control panel is only a few inches, and if you pull too hard it can come up suddenly and damage the wires.
6. Once the lid is off, flip it over and depress the 2 tabs in Pic 5. This will free up the control panel.
7. Tilt the control panel through the opening and put the lid aside. Pics 6 and 7.

Step 3: Dismantle Your Swing 2/2

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Still with me? This is worth saving $40 right? Ok, now into the guts!

1. Remove the 2 screws holding on the inner lid of the swing, Pic 1. Lift lid off the spring and put it aside.
2. Remove the 2 screws holding the motor box in, Pic 2. Slide motor box up, it's a tight fit, but be gentle as there is a ton of wiring that can get caught on it.
3. Open the box by removing the 3 screws in Pic 3. Lift the lid straight up.
4. When re-assembling, pay attention to the small peg, and large hole on these arms, Pic 4. These will meet with the small hole and large peg on the bottom half, Pic 5.
5. The motor Pic 6, lifts right out, it's got some grease on the gears, so watch out. Pry the screw gear off the shaft with a flathead, and clip the wires off.

Done with dis-assembly! Just gotta transfer a small capacitor and diode from the old motor to the new one.

Step 4: Swapping Motor Bits

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So close, I can almost taste it!

1. A comparison pic of the 2 motors. Left with the white cap is from the swing, right with the green is from the air freshener.
2. De-solder the capacitor, diode and wires from the old motor. Attach them to the new motor as shown, Pic 2. Current direction isn't important, but the cap is soldered to the side of the motor in addition to the pins.
3. Re-wire the motor into the swing, and seal with electrical tape or heat shrink tubing.
4. Finally, put everything back together! Go back to the previous steps and do everything again... backwards!


RebeccaS204 (author)2017-02-13

I got the air wick, set to disassembling the swing, and found just before I took out the motor that it was the metal spring piece that attaches to the motor and swings the arm that was broken. It had snapped completely off. I think hand pushing the swing probably put strain on that part and eventually snapped it. I found that the truly important aspect is the length, so I straightened out one of the springy bends, re-formed it to hang straight, and slipped it back in the plastic holder, bending the extra around the case. (I've added a picture before I put it in the case. If you can't clip the extra, make sure you bend it in such a way that doesn't interfere with the swinging motion. I re-bent the extra, and tested it with the batteries in after putting the motor case lid back on and slipping it in place.) Put it all back together and it works like a charm! But I never would have been ballsy enough to rip apart the innards without this post. Thank you!!

I think I may have the same problem as my motor still makes a sound like its working. It just doesn't swing much if at all. Is that the symptoms you had? Also, what swing do you have?

MariselaS3 (author)2017-02-10

I have a Fisher-Price Starlight Papasan Swing it it swings but the mobile and the lights don't turn on what can I do

Chance2005 (author)2017-02-04

Thanks for the instructions! I used these and 2 YouTube videos on the same topic to help me fix the swing. I have never done anything like this before and I was able to do it by myself with one try. My advice to others is be patient and pay close attention to the exact position of the leads on the old/broken motor, take a pic if you have to, and solder everything to the new motor exactly like the old one. I used an AirWick freshmatic ultra for $6 and a $20 soldering kit, both bought on Amazon. The swing was given to me from a friend and was not working. So for $26 I got a working swing, a soldering kit I can use for future projects, and the satisfaction of fixing something myself! Happy momma! Thank you!!!

jafranke made it! (author)2016-12-23

Great DIY project!

All of my kids love this swing and it has lasted for >5 years and 3 kids. A month ago the swing stopped working and the problem was clearly the engine. I bought the airwick freshner for $7 and easily fixed the swing. It is back to its former glory!

Thanks for the great directions and step by step with pictures.

Bonus!! I also learned how to solder for this project. What a great skill!

jplee3 (author)2015-10-31

Crud, I messed my unit up. At first I
thought I had all the leads going to the right place with the new motor.
Turned it on and the spring mechanism moved side to side. Once I put
the plastic swing 'gate' back over the spring though, the spring just
couldn't seem to move the unit enough. I tried reversing the wires and
I'm pretty sure I've screwed the unit up - smelled a burning smell from
the control mechanism and now the thing won't shut off unless I manually
detach the wires or remove the batteries :( Also the motor seems to
moving way faster than before but it still doesn't generate enough
strength or momentum to make the swing actually swing.

This really sucks because I'm borrowing the swing from a friend and now it looks like it's practically useless :(

DesireeW8 (author)jplee32016-08-27

I am having the same problem with the spring not moving the swing. Did you figure out what was wrong and how to fix it? I am at a complete and total loss.

Pipchip2 (author)jplee32015-11-17

It sounds like you have it right except that little Arm with the pin that goes through the gear is bending the wrong at the elbow.

jplee3 (author)Pipchip22015-11-17

I think I burnt something out on the control board regardless - I can't switch the unit off or change the speed now when everything is connected.

Regardless of whether or not I had it right, now that the control board is burnt out, the unit is pretty useless. I'll probably either toss it or donate. Unless I'm desperate, in which case I could go on ebay and buy a replacement housing for around $60-70 or so...

jplee3 (author)jplee32015-10-31

I'm pretty positive I burnt out the circuit that switches the swing on/off in addition to its speed.... ugh

MariaJ57 (author)2016-08-07

I would like to ask if someone see this and has a replacement motor for the snuggle bunny cradle N Swing. My motor will not turn over at all and I am manuely pushing for the
Time being as it was purchased second hand and all I could afford but disapointed it was not working correctly. Thank you for resonding.

TarrahL (author)2015-11-01

I have a snugabunny swing motor, complete top half of the swing, if anyone is interested in buying it I can post it to you:) my email is and put snugabunny in The subject box:)

I brought a replacement part, but was sick of waiting and got a new swing and disposed of my old swing and then the motor turned up so I have no use for it anymore

KatieJ24 (author)TarrahL2016-06-22

Do u still have this its been 8 months since u posted just hoping for good luck!

AntonS46 (author)2016-05-01


looking for motherboard replacement can anyone tell me where to find it?!

Gabriellalauren12 (author)2016-04-21

I have the "Fisher price cradle n swing, coral floral" and the only thing that won't work is the actual swing itself. The light mobile and music work perfectly but the swing does not...any suggestions?

same with mine. it sings just doesnt swing.

TiffanyH31 (author)2016-02-15

I have a snugamonkey swing and it wont latch when you turn it side to side. Any advise on how to fix it.

jmspen (author)2016-01-03

Thanks for the write-up it was very helpful. I did discover that the direction of the diode is important. I put it together randomly the first time and the swing was very weak, took it apart, flipped the diode around and it works like new, so be sure to put the diode back with the stripe facing the same way on the new motor.

MarissaK5 (author)2016-01-03

Worked perfect for us!! What a great cheap fix! Spent $8. Thanks for posting this!!

xirtam1 (author)2015-12-19

Worked great! For those having problems putting everything back together or have a different model swing, I recommend taking pictures as you disassemble so you can use them as reference when assembling. Also, keep in mind that if you heat up the capacitor, the diode, and the motor for too long while desoldering or soldering, the heat may damage them.

DannyS27 (author)2015-12-08

This works great! If you do not know what terminal to connect the wires to, the positive side has a indentation next to the terminal. My motor has a plus sign in the indentation.

NicoleW17 (author)2015-09-09

I replaced the motor as per your instructions but my swing still won't turn on. What am I missing??

Mammazuk (author)2015-05-02

My original motor works. It just makes a lot of noise. Is this fixable without replacing the motor?

matthew.jermine made it! (author)2015-04-28

Directions were great. Thanks!

monica.chavezlopez.54 (author)2015-04-14

Omg!!! Soldering is the hardest part, and yes it has to be done!
I don't consider myself a electronics/repair person, by any means. But it was fairly simple.
Remember how the wires and other parts, you have to solder, are connected. I almost burnt out the replacement motor.
It took me 3 hours, cause I wired it wrong and had to disassemble and reassemble a second Time. But it was worth it.
I also had a hard time removing the motor box from the swing, as I did not remove the battery box or rotating mirror. Thus, had to force out the attached wire that moves the swing, in order to remove the motor box. All In all, it works great. I gibe myself and these instructions ??.

mainttech (author)2015-04-04

My donor was a $4 black Airwick from Family Dollar. Works great. Thanks!!!

joann.donald (author)2015-04-04

My puppy chewed the cord that goes into the swing and plug in apart. There is no saving it. Do you have any suggestions on how to repair this?

Down23arthBabe (author)2015-03-14

This totally worked. I have the snuga bunny model.

Michael JL (author)2015-03-10

I pulled this off on my Fischer Price Snug-a-bunny. It had some wicked metal cross bar wedged in keeping me from the inside, but I just bent it out. Also, couldn't find Airwick so I used a Lysol air freshener instead. It already had the capacitor too. Couldn't have done it without this video guide! Best part is now the rocker runs smoother and quieter. Happy mom, happy baby = happy dad!

spjika made it! (author)2014-07-31

Thanks for this!! First rebuild the yellow cog slipped down the spindle a bit too far and I didn't notice, resulting in hella noisy operation. After much prodding and cajolling it played nice and just slipped back into position.

Now to replace the air sprayer device I borrowed from the office to test this out..

PavanA1 (author)spjika2015-02-16


I have the same model, any idea on how remove this metal strap.

Motor casing is below this strap, any suggestion is really appreciated..


DominiqueJ1 (author)PavanA12015-02-18

I have this model as well and came across the same problem. Unfortunately this thing just does not come off on its own. I actually ended up sawing the strap off. I didn't like the idea of sawing through it, but it was better than having a broken swing. Anyways I was then able to replace the motor and got a swing that worked again.

obdurate13 (author)DominiqueJ12015-02-24

For anyone else with the same issue, the metal strap comes off if you release the tension on it from the legs (after unscrewing it of course). Unhook one of the legs that is connected to the bar coming from the motor casing and turn the bar so the pin is no longer creating tension on the strap. Then it pops right off. Reconnect the leg and proceed.

Michael JL (author)obdurate132015-03-10

I wish i saw this. I just bent mine to shreds! argh! common sense eh?!

obdurate13 (author)2015-02-24

Thanks for putting this up. I followed the directions and although my soldering skills are rusty I was able to get the swing fixed with a couple of hours of work. If my soldering skills were better I could have done it in 30 minutes. Much better than simply buying a new unit and repeatable when/if the next motor fails.

carrie.morse.18 (author)2015-02-22

Did it all, test ran before reassembly, motor won't start without a little spin. Runs good and changes speed after it the little help spoon. Line voltage low across motor leads, batteries new, plugged into wall, 6 VDC on indeed from outlet.

What did I miss?

cshepp11 (author)2015-02-10

Thanks for the great instructions, saved me much time. I purchased the motor from Gresko Industries. Fast shipping and only $15.00.

lherring81 (author)2015-01-21

I tried using this fix but it did not work. My swing would barely swing without the aid of a push. Once pushed it would slowly build up speed. So I took apart my swing and bought the air freshner for the motor. The motors were identical! I removed all hardware from the old motor and soldered it to the new one. NOTHING. I will sping the gear only when i give it some assistance, and when it turn it does turn fast but not powerful. It will not turn the cog in the housing. Also, the speed control does not have any affect on how fast the gear will turn nor does it turn the motor off once it starts to spin (Freely). My soldering skills are amatuer, did I mess something up soldering or do I have something else going on? All my connections were solid and I even revered the positive and negatives and achieved the same results.

JordanM8 (author)lherring812015-02-03

The same exact thing happened to me and I don't believe it has anything to do with my solder skills. The motor would not shut off and now the new one is burnt out as well...

lherring81 (author)JordanM82015-02-03

Yes. Mine would just start and would not shut off but not enough power to actually turn the cog. Tried it several
Different times. I am at the point of buying a motor off ebay but I am concerned that something else is wrong.

JordanM8 (author)lherring812015-02-03

I've read elsewhere that the polarity on the motor DOES matter so after I buy another new motor, I'm going to test that out. This one already burnt out on me because it wouldn't stop trying to go.

tmason4 (author)2015-01-08

This was awesome. Thank you for this! I use this method to fix a Fisher-Price V0099 My Little Snugabunny swing. I used the motor from an "air wick freshmatic ultra gadget" that I got at CVS for $6.79. The disassembly process for both of these is slightly different than these pictures show, but the motors were identical and everything worked great.

adawson8 (author)2013-08-14

This is amazing. I need more help though; I have no idea how to De-solder the capacitor, diode and wires from the old motor to attach them to the new motor. I have everything apart and I'm stuck on this step. Thanks - any help is appreciated

tmason4 (author)adawson82015-01-08

I know this is an old comment, but in case anyone else is stuck on this step, here are some methods to deal with this.

1) Best: Use a new 0.1uF ceramic capacitor and 1N400x diode instead of reusing the old ones. Most ceramic caps in the range of 0.1uf - 1uF will work, and I think in this application any 1N4001 to 1N4007 series diode will work. While you're at it, cut off the old 1/4" of stripped wire and restrip/retin. That way if you fatigued the wire when you were unscrewing everything, you start fresh.

2) Good: Get either a solder sucker like or desoldering braid like . You can get either of these at Radio Shack, too, and there are plenty of YouTube videos on how to use them.

3) Ok: While you heat the solder joint with a soldering iron, use a pair of metal tweezers or needlenose pliers to grab one of the component leads and gently pull it off the old motor. Repeat until they are all off. The problem is that very likely the component leads are crimped onto the lug and they will be hard to get off without damaging the components, especially the cap. You can also try snipping the component leads very close to the lug, but make sure you leave enough lead left to work with!

morgan.haley.98 (author)2014-12-20

My wife replaced the swing motor by herself and it worked perfectly.

richard.peavy.1 (author)2014-11-19

okay i my new motor in and solder everything back together but it only has one speed slow, it's suppost to have varible speed could it be a resister or something

This happens when the negative & positive wires are connected on the wrong sides. Reverse the wires and it will work full speed. Same thing happened to me.

jarrod.whitley (author)2014-10-14

PSA: This does not work. I did this, but the motor from the Airwick simply is not powerful enough to move the swing, which is no surprise since it's made only to pump out a spray of air, not move a 12lbs baby back and forth.

MichaelA9 (author)jarrod.whitley2014-12-18

Look it suprised me too but, I've done the repaire several times and it works everytime. The motor does die sooner than the original (lasts about six months) but as long as you lube up the gears it works like a charm (very little noise). Also, what I have concluded is that the motor doesn't need to be that strong. It's like like pushing your kid on a swing, once it gets going it's just using momentum.

richard.peavy.1 (author)2014-11-19

okay i my new motor in and solder everything back together but it only has one speed slow, it's suppost to have varible speed could it be a resister or something

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