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A vhs tape was eaten by my vcr. I pulled the tape out and now it won't play any tape smoothly so you can see the picture. It's like the way tvs used to roll like a film was slipping.....

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Good Day;
Try using a VCR tape cleaner (liquid). Good Luck, big IRISH.

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