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VCR tape stuck

Hi. I was fast forwarding the tape in a VCR-DVD combo. When I noticed that it went beyond the point where I needed it to be, I then without stopping the tape just pressed the rewind button. Now the tape is stuck in the VCR. Do you know if this is a mechanical problem and what I can do? Thanks

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Yes, it is a mechanical problem. While the tape is in fast forward the gears are engaged and locked to provide drive to the spindel on the right, however when you press the rewind button without hitting stop, the gears try to engage the spindel on the left without stoping and reversing (changing rotational positioning), this causes the motor to stop (this emulates a tape jam)the tope is left in and the unload mechanism never spools the tape back in because the motor has stopped. To free the tape, what I do is open up the unit and find the main motor check to see if the belt has slipped, if it has not try to manually spin the motor to engage the unload mechanism and eject the tape.

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