Question about JVC SR-VS30 Mini DV/S-VHS VCR
JVC SR VS30 stopped playing with a tape in it. Now it won't play, rewind, forward or eject. I've power cycled it several times to no avail. Minimally I would like to retrieve the tape. Would also like to know if it's a bad tape or if unit is broken.
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
It may need to be cleaned. Mechanical problems are one of the big problems with VCRs they use alot of mechanical moving parts and play for so long they fail. Plastic parts dont help much either. The pinch roller takes up the slack and is usualy the part that fails first because it constantly runs along the tape and builds a coating on the rubber so it doesnt grip the tape and pull it back into the cassette. If its not pulling the tape back in then it hangs up inside and you cant get the tape out. Fastforward uses the reels to pull the tape not so much the roller. Try and stop 2 times then fast forward then eject the tape. Try and eject the tape while its fastforwarding so it doesnt do anything else. Sometimes machines will unload after its been in fastforwad a while then it will eject. You will hear a change in the sound when it unloads, you can hear the mechanical arms move the tape in and out of the cassette. Thats when you eject it. You cant really clean it till you get the tape out. YOu can clean the pinch roller with fingernail polish or paint remover. It is a wheel inside it looks like a black tire. It pinches the tape against the capstan arm this is why it developes a film or a shine on the rubber making it slip.
Posted on Apr 04, 2006
ok sorry man gotta step in Its not the pinch roller as you claimed that picks up the slack on the tape its the pinch roller that would cause wow and flutter in audio on a tape on slower speeds what picks up tape slack is the takeup reel. Theres many reasons why the takeup reel dosent pick up the tape and there fore the unit "eats the tape" it could be a gear assy or even on older units could simply be the rubber drive wheel. Or a belt problem and I know these JVC s really well and its a combo the drive belt as well as the pickup gear assy.
Posted on Apr 04, 2006
the switch is on the electronic board under the tape compartment. you have to unscrew the screws and unplug all the wires to take it out. be careful though, you have to put it back the way it was otherwise you will mess up the machanisim on that machine. good luck
Posted on Apr 06, 2007
the tape compartment elevator has switch senors that tell the machine what size tape is in..
does the tape load all the way.. you need to tell us
is there an error code ?
either the sensor or the reel motors the feed and uptake the tape,,
they ride on rails and slide into position to accomodate the tape side they could be having trouble moving, dirty, broken actuator
Posted on Apr 09, 2009
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