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Carriage won't drop

The carriage moved to the rear but then locked up and won't drop. I have turned the unit off and on...and I can hear a couple of "clicks" when it powers up but the carraige won't move. I have even taken off the cover and depressed the elevator gear - if that's what it is called, the little red topped gear on the left toward the front. Still, the carriage is stuck. Any ideas? Thanks

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    A student tried to put the wrong video tape in the machine. I was jammed. I was able to get the gears back into the right position. Now, the video tape lifter or carrage will not lock back up so you can put a tape in properly. I am trying to find what holds the carrage up with out falling back down into the machine without a tape loaded.

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The carriage in the AJ-D230 and AJ-D250 has two gears on the sides that operate two arms that raise and lower the carriage. These gears are a two-piece construction, with a circular metal spring providing tension between the two pieces. Over time, the plastic tabs that hold the spring deteriorate and break, and the gears no longer provide enough force to operate the arms. Replacing the gears with new ones will fix this problem; I've probably done 20 or 30 of them.

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Check any torn straps broken gear anything stuck between the gear motor is running or trying to (heating up)

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