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In April of 2011 I had to have my 200-400 VR I lens repaired because the lens Auto Focus would stick at the minimum distance. If I manually changed the focus off the minimum distance, it would resume normal AF operation, but a high pitched squealing sound would be emitted.
I brought the camera into a local authorized Nikon service center, C.R.I.S. (conveniently located a few miles from my front door). They told me that they could only do minor repairs and would most likely send it Nikon in California. Two weeks later, I picked up my lens from CRIS with a bill of $390. As expected, the lens had been sent to Nikon's California service center where they replaced the bayonet mount, signal pin, adjusted Auto Focus operation and cleaned/checked to manufacturer's specifications. I've had no problems since then, and the lens functions wonderfully again.