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Panasonic Como t.v. and VHS .The VHS mechanism is locked down How can I release it

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I may be able to shed some light on your problem. You may want to cover your eyes reading this but that device is likely "toast" for a lack of better words. You may want to consider replacing the unit as it would not be worth trying to repair. The internal parts on these devices aren't meant to be repaired once they're no longer working as intended.

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