Used a wet VHS cleaner and now my VCR doesn't work right. Help!!
My VHS unit played my video tapes great up until I cleaned it this morning with a new wet VHS cleaning cassette. It was probably last cleaned 3 or 4 years ago. Since being cleaned this AM, the drum squeals, the tapes play erratically and have a lot of "video noise". Frequently a tape starts to play, then stops, the drum continues to turn, and the VCR has become noisy on FF and REW. When scanning, the picture is good and without noise. Also, occasionally, it will not FF or rew, but the drum spins (rather noisily) and then the VCR shuts off. It does this with commercial pre recorded tapes also. I've 3 other VCR's which work well with commercially recorded tapes, but have noise, especially at the bottom of the picture (which won't track adjust out). This Proscan is the only one which plays my old tapes well. Just purchased a DVD recorder and am copying many of my VHS tapes to DVD. And I've a couple of hundred to convert to DVD. This Proscan is the only one which plays my old tapes well enough to burn to DVD. Help please.
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Sounds like the video heads are worn and time to replace them. You can try Asti Magnetics. The part number you are looking for is "378". Sells for $55 plus shipping. A bit cheaper but quality parts. I've dealt with them in the past. You can decide if the VCR is worth it to repair.
first you will need to take a tooth pic and lightly clean the creases in the head , then use a cotton tip with cleaning fluid on it and wipe the head down , then if it gets to where you can see it again you may also have to adjust the tape pull pins for the tracking
if those don't work then the head is bad or there is a bad component
Hey there, Here are some ideas; I would clean it one more time to make sure that its nice and clean try playing a different tape on your VCR and check the channel on your VCR, and thats if you are using a channel 3 or 4 on your VCR, concur with each other. Meaning if you have Channel 3 on your TV you should have Channel 3 on your VCR. Thats a really old method. If you use a coxial cable unplug it and replug it in again sometimes there is no contact at one of the ends therefore disconnecting or connecting it again would help. Just see if that works and usually that was the problem when i use to have problems with my VCR. Let me know if that works out for you alright.
I have found that just cleaning the head with the tape cleaner (the wet one works best) I have to clean it at least 4 or 5 times in a row sometimes before the picture will come back on. I bet that'll work for you.
The video standard in Japan is PAL while it is NTSC here in the USA. You should be able to locate a VCR than can play both. If you'd rather not purchase a new VCR, some locations that create DVDs from VHS tapes can usually also read PAL tapes.
Try cleaning the entire Tape path, as I suspect a dirty Control Head. Since it is not wise that you open the machine and do it yourself, buy a good quality 'Wet Type' Head Cleaning cassette, and use as per instructions.
Sounds like the idler assembly isnt working. Without this assembly, the system cannot get the tape to actually move, and most systems will shut down if the tape isnt moving to prevent damage to the tape. In truth, this can be a complicatred repair, requiring the machine to be taken apart quite a bit. I would suggest taking this kind of a problem to a repair shop, but with the cost of simple VCR's coming down constantly, and the upcoming switch to DTV making the machines tuner obsolete, it would probably be more economical to just replace the machine.