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the tape coming back out and unravels the tape means the loading mechanism is the problem----when a tape goes in it loads the tape down, then it pulls the tape out of the cassette and puts it up against the drum with the video heads-----many of these are belt driven and a bad belt or belts will cause this----it is called the loading and or transport mechanism.......when it fails the arms come back but the tape does not get rewound back into the cassette so it mangles it when the cassette door on the tape closes----most likely a belt or the drive idler which also rewinds and fast forwards the tape.
I think your solution is impractical. If the unit is still under warranty, you should let GoVideo handle it.
A knowledgable tech might be able to point you towards a "stock" replacement, but finding someone to give out that kind of free advice is going to be nearly impossible. And chances are the part (even though cheaply made) would be expensive to buy even if you do find a source.
Next time don't buy a combo unit. They are never worth the sum of their parts. You can buy a $50-75 VCR that is as good or better and a $80-150 DVD recorder that is just as good as that GoVideo unit
If it is the same problem as mine, the drive belt is old and worn and is slipping- therefor the tray will not open. I found this out after I removed the metal cover, and the screws holding the DVD assembly to reveal the motor, pulleys, and drive belt. Now the real problem is to find a replacement belt. Possibly a o-ring the proper size may work, as they are quite easy to find. The original belt has a square cross section, whereas an o-ring has a round cross section, but should work well enough.
Please check page-14 of user manual of Funai MWD2205 VCR/DVD Combo for recording in VCR from Camera or some thing else as external source. Here you can download User Manual for your unit, in case you dont have it. Need further help, let me know and post here. Thank you.