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We have an aproximately 17-year old Hitachi multi-system video tape recorder (model VT-498EM). the VCR does not eject the tapes properly; one has to pop open the tape deck door and slightly lift the tape and then press the eject button. can you help?? thank you, eric ries..

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  • badaussee Nov 18, 2008

    Benimur,



    thanks for your advice. you are correct; this involves more fine mechanics and electronics than i'm comfortable with. can any one recommend a reliable VCR repair shop in northern Virginia area??



    thanks, badaussee..

  • badaussee Nov 18, 2008

    this involved more fine mechanics and electronics than i am comfortable with. can you recommend a reliable VCR shop in northern Virginia?? thanks for your help.

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Hi,

Need to open your video tape recorder. Check the roller,there might foreign object clog the roller. See also if mechanism of the roller is okey(no broken parts). Tight the screw of the roller..Thier might be lossen. POst for further informations..please dont rate me if not satisfied with my suggestions..

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Probably due to worn gears in the cradle that lifts the tape in and out remove the case use sewing machine oil on the white cogs use very little oil do not pour in like one drop per cog put back together see if any better hope this helps thanks glenn.....

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Follow the link----
http://www.fixer.com/no-eject.html

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    futureloginn Nov 16, 2008

    First, there is a simple thing you can try that hardly takes any time at all. Pull the power plug on your VCR for about 30 seconds; and then plug it back in again. This se-------------------- follow the above link


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Hi,

Considering the age and length of service, a couple of ideas/possibilities that could be explored/checked:

  • belt - they ten to over stretch or developed bends or even altogether be cut;
  • worm gears/gears - the lubrication tends to gum up or be altogether missing. dried up;
  • loading plate/brackets/arms - some could be misaligned, dislodged or simply out of place;
  • loading motor - might be in need of lubrication;
  • power supply - specifically the capacitors might have leaked and therefore the voltage goes down a bit, not enough for the full need of the electronics especially the loading motor.
This of course would require a fair familiarity of electronic components/circuitry and safety procedures, use of a DVM and a soldering iron. It would be to your added advantage access to a service manual or at the very least a schematic diagram with voltage readings. Should you be uncomfortable performing a DIY (do-it-yourself), perhaps your best bet would then be to seek the services of a qualified professional.

Hope this be of initial help/idea. Pls post back how things turned up or should you need additional information. Good luck and kind regards. Thank you for using FixYa.

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    If you would pls go to FixYa's homepage, there would be a space on the right side where you could enter your zip code.

    Clicking on the Go button would display a page "Repair Service Providers". In the middle column, below TV and Video wold be the last entry VCRs, clicking on that would display another new page with potential "Repair Service Provider" that could attend to your VCR mechanical problem. Most would have a telephone number listed and you can then select one that is conveniently located near you.

    Cheers.


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The gears which moves the doors to eject are worn out.

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  • fixyy Nov 16, 2008

    the internal gear assembly needs to be changed as the device is very much old.and this is a common problem in all the dvd/vcd players that the door stops ejecting properly.
    just get your gear assembly replaced.and every thing will be fine and perfect.
    thanks.

  • fixyy Nov 16, 2008

    How to Clean Tape Recorder Heads and Drive Wheel


    Though many people are using digital recorders, some still use tape recorders. A simple procedure will help clear up recordings and playbacks, as well as lessen the likelihood of a tape jam.

    Instructions

    1)Make sure your recorder has available power. Open the lid by pressing eject or the appropriate button or lever, and remove the cassette.



    2)You will want to clean both the recording and playback heads if the device is so equipped, so with the lid open look for a lever that is designed to be depressed when a tape to be recorded is inserted. On certain small recorders like a General Electric hand-held recorder this step will not be unnecessary.




    Step3If there is lever to detect a tape that can be recorded, gently push the lever in and hold it for step 4.




    4)Making sure your hands and fingers will be away from all moving parts, gently depress record and play until both heads (if the device is so equipped) are visible, locked into position and the motor is running so the rubber drive wheel is turning





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    Step5The recorder should now be running, and you should be able to carefully remove your finger off of the lever that detects a tape can be recorded. Take a cotton swab an dip it into some rubbing alcohol so that it is mostly wet. You do not want the swab too wet.

    Step6With gentle pressure, wipe the heads with the swab. Check the swab, and if it is too dirty or frayed, anoint another swab and continue. Keep checking the swabs you use, and do the heads first before you get to the rubber drive wheel.
    Observe the rubber drive wheel as to whether it is rotating clockwise or counterclockwise. Place a freshly anointed swab either at the 10 o'clock position on the wheel if it is rotating counterclockwise, or the 2 o'clock position if it is rotating clockwise. The proper position will prevent the fibers of the swab from being caught between the rubber wheel and the rotating shaft of the motor. Apply gentle pressure upon the wheel moving the swab up and down the circumference of the wheel as it makes a number of rotations. Check the swab to see if you have to use a fresh one.

    Step8While the recorder is still running, take a new swab but do not dip it into the rubbing alcohol. Instead, dry the heads and drive wheel with it. Inspect the heads and drive wheel for any stray fibers, and remove the fibers with a tweezer. When the heads and wheel are dry, stop the recorder, and reinsert the cassette if so desired.



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