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How to make a Vcr tape perform like new

As they are played and replayed, the tape becomes limp. Simply take a spoon and turn it in the take up reel till it is tight. This should improve the tracking, and thus, better video/audio

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when i put in a tape, i get a squeeling sound, and the tape won't play.


The only way is to take the top off and watch what the tape is doing! You might even see some object inside which should not be there!

Jan 05, 2013 | Mitsubishi HS-U560 VHS VCR

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AIWA AD-F810 reel torque


If you have a service manual, go to exploded view 3 and look at 31.
This is the FR idler sub assembly. Check the rubber tyre or tire, see if it has hardened. This is driven by the reel motor and flip-flops between the table reel assemblies to drive fast forward,reverse, and play take up.
Also check the reel assemblies for oil that's gone to gunge.
I'm using brass valve oil with PTFE by Denis Wick, That's musical !

Feb 11, 2012 | Audio Players & Recorders

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My tape plays but it rewinds and fast forwards extremely slowly or sometimes not at all. Could it be a drive belt problem if it plays tapes?


tapes themselves sometimes get tight. also...a weak belt could cause this. I have sometimes taken tapes apart and rewound them by hand, but tapping the tape fast and gently can loosen them but you'll have to open the tape protective cover or the reels wont turn

Nov 09, 2011 | Televison & Video

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handy cam video 8 XR keeps ejecting cassette any ideas please


thats is because the servo mechanism chip do not detect the cassette,
when its in the housing could be a sensor or the cassette in switch or mechanism its self (missalignement.)
hope that will help you
regards alan.

Oct 18, 2010 | Sony Handycam CCD-TRV37 Camcorder

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tape won't play


I am assuming that the problem is with just the one tape...

Two things spring to mind - Either the tape has snapped or the reel lock mechanism is jammed.

1) Check the tape. With the cassette the right way up, press the little button on the right-hand end just behind the tape flap, flip the tape flap up and check that there is actually some tape there. If not, it's snapped.

2) With the cassette upside-down and with the tape flap facing away from you, you should see a small hole in the centre of the cassette about 2cm from the edge nearest you. Press something gently in here to release the reel locks. Then give both reels a couple of small turns back and forth (a finger stuck in the reel holes is ideal for this!) Before you put the cassette back into your machine, make sure there isn't any slack on the tape by gently winding any excess back in by turning the reels, but don't wind it to tightly - the moment you feel resistance, stop.

Hope this helps,

Matt

Mar 22, 2008 | JVC DF420 D-VHS Tape

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