Hi, I had a tape that was frozen. Took cover off vhs and saw that the tape would only pull out about 1/2 way, as the deck tried to pull it into place. I attempted this several times, hoping the machine would pull the tape loose, but it didn't, so I cut the tape to get it out of the deck. Now everything works except for no video signal, either from the coax cable, or from running the rca cable output into another vhs. The faulty tape may have possibly been contaminated with dried soda. I haven't tried cleaning the deck heads yet, but wonder what happened, as the tape never got pulled more than half way into the operating position.
Thanks in advance.
Hi, All I get is a blue screen. It does accept the tape, and I do get normal audio from the tape.
I believe that I do get the words "play" "fast", etc..., displayed on the t.v. screen So I guess you could say there is that for a video signal - otherwise I would just get a static screen - I just get no video signal from the tape.
Not sure what kind of soda (i.e. coke, pepsi, etc).
Thanks again, Frank
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1. Check to see if a tape is jammed inside (see 284 Extract a Jammed Videotape). 2.
Try changing the video input and/or output source. Many VCRs have two
ways to receive and send a video signal (coaxial and video direct). If
that works, try changing the cable for the other method to see whether
you need a new cable. 3. Clean tape heads (see How to Clean VCR Heads). 4.
Open VCR and inspect any belts that are accessible (see 284 Extract a
Jammed Videotape). A drive belt may be broken or loose.
If tapes are getting stuck / enmeshed inside the machine, itis 90%
probability) a mechanical problem. Change the Belts, clean all rollers,
idlers, and braking pads. I would suggest that you also replace the Capstan Pinch Roller.
You can purchase a VCR cleaning tape that will do the job. However the best way is to buy a can of Servisol Video 40 (small one will do and it will last a long time) then remove the top cover of the VCR. Spray the VCR heads. Shinny Silver things and any moving parts that the tape touches. If your not certain what to clean, with the cover off insert a tape and press play. Remove the tape and spray small amounts on the surfaces. If you can see a lot of dust you can wipe the heads etc with a cotton bud. A VCR housed in a smokers house will need extra work to get it clean. Once dry you can test a tape. If you see flecks or spots the VCR will need further cleaning.
If you are handy, 1) Unplug unit from power outlet before you do anything. 2) Take the top off /remove - screws usually phillips on both sides. 3) You will probably find the tape of the VHS wrapped around or pulled out of the cassette so you could cut the tape and probably pull the VHS out of the unit. 4) This deck sounds like it will need some cleaning and attention. Might be a good idea to take it into a qualified TV repair shop and mabe for a small fee they can clean it. Blessings, A/V Media Tech Guy
Take the top cover off & have a look on the right hand side of the deck when your tape is playing. Is the tape riding up when it meets the pinch roller ( a small black roller on the right side)? If so the roller is either dirty or worn & would need to be replaced, this will cause your tape to crinckle & damage the tape.
Remove the top cover & have a look at the deck mechanism. If there have been children in the house there may be an object lying inside obstructing the tape. If this is clear, watch carefully to see if the tape drops down into the deck mechanism, possibly the tape flap is not being raised or one of the guide arms on the deck maybe damaged or broken which stops the cassette from dropping into the mechanism. If the cassette drops down ok, does the tape then start to be pulled out of the cassette by the guide arms?
I'm guessing the "black thing in side" is referring to the actual tape itself- ribbon like which can be spooled out of the tape case.
If so, then your VCR may have a mechanical problem of some sort, which results in a "no tape transport" or "no tape takeup" problem. If the latter, the right reel (takeup reel) is not being driven. Older VCRs often used a small rubber rimmed drive mechanism to drive this reel. Newer VCRs (10 years old or less) pretty much use a gear drive. Something may be broken here, or perhaps the gear is stuck. This gear assembly has to swivel back and forth, from left for rewind, to right for takeup or fast-forward. Unfortunately, you can't see the gear once the tape is in the machine, at least not from the topside.
Suggestion: Take the top cover of VCR off, look for this gear, and see if it swivels freely, look for broken gear teeth.