SME 20/2 Faulty Silicon Oil Plunger

The Silicon Oil plunger that came with my SME 20/2 was faulty and exploded all over the tonearm and surrounding area (the plunger wasn't airtight and it de-pressurized all over the place suddenly when being applied). The cartidge and platter are fine, and I soaked up as much as possible, but there are places I can't reach in the nooks (as well as some seeping under the platter bearing).

Any suggestions on what to do? Any suggestions on what the best course of action is in this situation?

Is silicon oil corrosive or harmful to any of the surface area?

Thanks a lot.

Showing 1 response by rgurney

Were you setting up the table for the first time and putting spindle oil through the oil filler adapter into the bearing housing? Or were you setting up an SME tonearm?
If the former, you will have insufficient oil in the bearing housing and will need to contact your dealer or Sumiko to get some more to complete the filling process. If the latter, then it's just a matter of cleaning up the arm. The pillar supports don't need any oil as they are sealed. SME ( is very responsive to e-mails regarding their products and they should be able to give you some good advice about cleaning the oil off.