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VCR not functioning

I used a "wet" VCR cleaner tape. The next day I tried to play a VHS tape and the unit makes clunking noises and all I see is fuzz on the screen. DVD player works fine.

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You probably used too much "wet" cleaner on the tape which caused the heads to get fouled. You could try running the wet cleaner through again but use a little less solution than recommended. Failing that you could have the mechanism out of alignment which will require professional help to repair.

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