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My vhs player/recorder will fail to eject, because the tape gets caught around what I would call a capstain post and when I forcefully pull out the tape, the tape hangs up and I have to manually lift the tape up over that post that has it caught. I usually end up with about 1 ft. of tape that is badly wrinkled and sometimes I just ruin the tape. What will solve my problem

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Reset the unit by unplugging it/repluggin it after 30 seconds, and then use a VHS cleaner.

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* 1 Turn off the COMBO. and unplug it.
* 2 Remove the 4x screws off COMBO on the sides and take off the DVD/VCR casing.
* 3 Look for the Tape which messed up with VCR transport mechanism ,try to release tape of the transport with your hand..
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* 6 While it is open,place another Tape to see if mechanism works properly. and eject it...
* 7 Replace the casing and the screws. Plug the player in and turn it on. Now player is finally working ..
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