i have my tape stuck in the vcr. i managed to get it out. however, the tray was still stuck in the position as if the tape was inserted. i force the tray to come up into its initial position. but know i still get the flashing light and tape doesn't get played and when push the tape in, the tray looks loose. any idea why i still get flashing light; you said earlier it could be the teeth are off or something. if this is the case, what would suggest
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Re: Tape is stuck
I think u broke some parts in the tape loading mechnism or u misaligned the initial position of the mechanism. thats why the error is still there. some switches still activated. i suggest that u bring it to a qualified technician if u dont know anything about this.
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It sounds as if the drive belt or wheel that controls the carriage has perished and failed. There is normally a micro switch on the side or rear of the tray, that senses the presents of a casset. If it is closed with stikky tape or clay you may be able to simulate a casset in the machine and with manual force help the casset to open or close. alternatively a small lamp in the centre of the tray senses the tape. then you have to cover the lamp or two sensors on left and right side of the tray, to prevent detection of the broken or missing tape.
might have to remove bottom of vcr and manually move the drive motor by the belt or the pully. if the bottom doesn't come off, you'll have to remove the top. usually screws on the side bottoms and one in the back. you can reach the motor from there.
Does this happen with other tapes? If so then the micro switch could be stuck in the open position, try to give it a clean with a blast of air duster first then check the contacts on the switch. If it is happening with just this specific tape the the record tab (although in place) may be "soft" try putting a piece of tape tightly across the tab & try to record.
When the tape has been removed the carriage deck will still be in the wrong position. The cassette tray has to be aligned so that the timing of the tape will detect that there is a tape in the machine. At the moment your VCR thinks there is a tape still in it because the cassette tray is not in the full eject position. This can be fixed by a service technician.
you posted 2 different problems here... to answer this one ". The tape is stuck, won't eject and I'd like to get it out without damaging the VCR unit."...open unit, find motor that moves tape ejector and spin that motor by hand (power off)
the other problem, "the VCR will not insert a tape. It keeps rejecting it."...open unit and fully turn ejection motor until home position is reached...this is a home sensor switch not being activated.
this sounds like the carriage tray, it's the metal plate that the vcr slides in and out. It should have a door on the front side and it may have at least 2 screws and sometimes four. The only problem is aligning up the tray to be exact. in the power on mode the vcr tray should be pushed outward like the tape is sticking partly out of set.
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.
I have dealt with many VCR's and would like to ask you a few questions before diagnostics.
How exactly did you get the tape out of the machine ?
There are several tape threading gears involved, and if you accidentally made one of them skip a few teeth while forcing the tape deck up the "position" switch will send erroneus signals to the tape threading position switch/ controller.
Was the tape rolled around the capstan/pinch roller ?
Did you have to force the tape loading tray up to extract the tape ?
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