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Broken Tape Player

When I put a tape into the player, it will not go down into the player like it should. Instead it just slides in and sits there without going into the player, and the tape is easily pulled out without any resistance.

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Don't be alarmed too much. Most tape players in vehicles die after 10 years. Mine died in a 20 year old two years ago too. Most likely if the radio is easily removed from the dash go to a dealer or junk yard and find a replacement. Most of the radios of the nineties and up are not easy to take apart and remove just the tape player assembly to replace it. But if it is, check to see if the electric plug wires are snug and plugged in. But your best bet is to just replace the whole unit without trouble.

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