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?
An expert who has achieved level 2 by getting 100 points
An expert that got 5 achievements.
An expert who has answered 200 questions.
An expert whose answer got voted for 20 times.
Re: carriage won't drop
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.
- If you need clarification, ask it in the comment box above.
- Better answers use proper spelling and grammar.
- Provide details, support with references or personal experience.
Tell us some more! Your answer needs to include more details to help people.You can't post answers that contain an email address.Please enter a valid email address.The email address entered is already associated to an account.Login to postPlease use English characters only.
Tip: The max point reward for answering a question is 15.
A couple of reasons. First the carriage the tape sits in is damaged. Next the mechanism that moves the tape is damaged and can't except a tape. Lastly or perhaps due to the later, the mode switch is faulty or not in the right position. The mode switch tells the electronics which position the mechanism is in, be it play, fast forward or eject etc. If the switch is faulty and stuck in eject then it wont except a tape.
It looks like the red triangle might be an indication that there is a fault. It could be something to with the mechanism. I would take a look inside the unit by taking off the top cover. The unit shuts down to prevent further damage.
This is usually caused by frayed wires in the cassette carriage. There is a bundle of colored wires that take the sensor outputs to the harness from the carriage. After many loads, they eventually break and need replacing. They are brown, red, orange and yellow from memory in a bundle of four, about 2 inches long and are soldered at each end to small circuit boards at the back right hand side of the cassette carriage (assuming you are standing at the front of the machine). Otherwise you could have a dusty or faulty opto-coupler in the carriage. Another problem is when the cassette slips back when loading starts. Try keeping a finger on the back of the cassette as it loads into the machine to keep it engaged. Don't jam your finger, as soon as the tape goes forward enough and then begins to drop down, get the hell out of there!
It sounds you may have it out of sync. With the top off,load a tape and watch it load. VCR's are light sensitive,they have light sencors on the sides of the carriage to monitor the end of the tape. So a you might have to block the light by holding a pice of cardboard kinda over it with the top off. Make sure the tape goes out around the head, if it does'nt than there could be a belt off ,IF it is a belt drive. If not it gears.Make sure the tape cartiage comes all the way out,sometimes the carriage does'nt come all the way back. That means it has slipped a tooth on a gear. Sometimes its a lengthy process, but mostly machinal.
The old idler wheel has been replaced with gears (cheaper and last longer then the old rubber wheel). What you need to do is to gain access to the loader motor and turn it until the carriage begins to move, once the carriage gets to the top and moves outward you should be able to eject the tape with no problem.
Believe it or not VCRs are throw away technology, since it costs as much to repair one as it does to buy a new one. However, there are a lot of people who still hold on to their VCRs.
I just sent a reply, There should be an access point to the drive motor that will allow you to turn it and then this will release the carriage lock and lift the carriage so that you can remove the tape.
This is probably part of the cassette carriage (the unit that loads & ejects the tape). You could possibly post a couple of pics- of the loose pieces, and the carriage mechanism- perhaps a tech here could point to where the pieces fit. Hopefully, nothing on the carriage (or elsewhere) is broken. VCRs of the last 10+ years are made to break easily- thin metal, thin weak plastic.
If you haven't already done so, don't get overly forceful to avoid bending or breaking something.
Often the cassette carriage mechanism is gear driven, and by moving the gear one direction or the other will unload the tape. You may need to disassemble the machine further to gain access to the drive mechanisim.
Sometimes the carriage mech. can be entirely removed from the VCR by removing the attachment screws. Other times, these screws are made inaccessible by the tape itself. Look down on the right side of the carriage. If you do remove the carriage, mark the gear positioning first! as the gears must be positioned back exactly as they were from the manufacturer.
You might need to employ the services of a technician if things are complicated.