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Plastic spindle that holds DVR is broken. I would like to find a replacement part to change the broken piece. The broken piece appears to be pressed on as it came off easily enough so replacement should not be difficult.

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  • tlkhann90 Sep 25, 2008

    No, I still need to find the part.

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If this player is with in warranty you can take it to the company and do it for free.

finding a replacement for this small part is very difficult.

can you tell me your full model number

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