Originally Posted by davidnewtonguitars
There is a tiny grub screw holding the knurled winding knob tight to the take up shaft. The winding knob also screws down on the take up shaft. If the grub screw is not tight enough, the winding knob can screw down too tight on the shaft, causing a lot of drag on the shaft as you wind. Make sure the knob is not cranked down on the shaft and the grub screw is holding the knob tight on the shaft threads.
Knobby Sparrow has a video that shows IIIf (similar to IIIa) taking the winding assembly apart correctly.
I went ahead and took the winding knob off and found a lot of old dried green grease beneath the knob itself and also the frame counter dial. I removed all that and applied new grease so that should be fine. Also I noticed when I removed the knob some of the threads were chewed off but luckily for me it still screws on somehow. I don't believe this was from me as I loosened the grub screw to where it was not on the threads anymore.
Either way I was able to remove the old dry grease and apply a fresh layer and luckily still got the knob to screw back on one and advance the frame. I will be going out and shooting with the camera hopefully this week so we will see if all my lubing and adjustments have a positive effect on the camera.
Now after taking apart the camera multiple times times and seeing how it works inside and out and how the film advancement functions I have a better understanding of how it should look when I load it and also how it should sound and overall act in general.