Fix a 1998 Furby that won’t wake up or start up (without disassembly)

If your old Furby won’t wake up or won’t start up and appears dead, you may be able to fix it in a few seconds without having to take it apart.

I recently tried to get my original 1998 Furby to work, and found that it was dead. I spent some time doing unsuccessful web searches, with none of the tips (“try new batteries”, “press the reset button”) helping. A second Furby has the same issue, and it looked like it might be related to a jammed motor, per this tutorial:

This procedure involved all kinds of disassembly, sewing things back together and hot glue. A similar YouTube video shed more light on the problem off the stuck motor:

I suspected you could just get to the motor using a small screwdriver and going in around the eye or beak, and indeed, it works. I was able to use a tiny flathead screwdriver, inserted above the beak and in to the left to gently rotate the corkscrew spiral connected to the motor a few times and within seconds, the Furby was alive again. Both units were fixed this easy, with no disassembly required.

I will post photos when I have a moment.

Posted to this blog so others may find it via search engines…

20 thoughts on “Fix a 1998 Furby that won’t wake up or start up (without disassembly)

      1. Sean

        Hey bud. Do you have any other info on how to spin the actual motor? did you just shove it to the left of the mouth? or Above the mouth and in?

        1. allenhuffman Post author

          I used a small flathead screwdriver, and just stuck it in to a grove of the spiral and gave is some gentle pressure until it budged. I pushed the top beak down, and went in above the beak.

    1. allenhuffman Post author

      I plan to post some pics or a video — just haven’t gotten around to it. Thanks for the reminder. (Oddly, I never got notification I had pending comments. Ooop.)

  1. Rachel

    I just did that on 2 Furbys that I thought had died.. If you flip Furbys beak down and look to the left (a torch will help) you’ll see a spiral gear, use a flat screwdriver and twist it to the left a couple of times.. Do this when Furbys batteries are in and then voila! He wakes up :D
    Thanks for the advice!!

  2. Tim

    This worked! Thank you so much. I got my wife a 1999 furby for Christmas and it wouldn’t do anything, but I was able to pull the beak down to unclip it to allow me to pear in with a flashlight and found the corkscrew gear on the left. A small spin to this gear got it going! So glad I didn’t have to do the surgery. Thanks again!

  3. chris

    just found my old furby and put batteries in it for the first time in 15 years. did this little trick but I used a small drill bit and it came right to life.

  4. Karin

    your awesome my mom just picked up a furby brand new in a box at a yard sale we tried to bring it to life the normal way but nothing he was dead. I didn’t have a screw driver handy so I used a metal small nail file and it worked !!!! thank you so much my daughter now has a new friend thanks to your post. I personally don’t have faith in myself to take something like this apart.

  5. Chris Lyons

    You’ ve made my son very happy and made me look like a hero. Thank you. I get home from work and troubleshoot a 16 year old Furby. Welcome to parenthood.


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