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VCR eating tapes when attempting to rewind

Everything works fine on my DVD/VCR, but when I stop a VHS tape from playnig and attempt to rewind it, the VCR eats the tape. I am sure that it is a belt that is causing the problem, but I am not sure which one. And if it is the one on the bottom then I need to find out how to get to it. Any assistance would be appreciated.

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Re: VCR eating tapes when attempting to rewind

VCRs are so cheaply priced these days that it's not worth the time and trouble to fix them or have them repaired. If you fix one worn or slipping belt, another problem isn't far behind.

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A few days ago when I was searching online for a solution to my own problem, I came across fixya. After posting the exact same problem as yourself, I began to remove the tape from the unit. Thinking I would have to cut the tape, I attempted to remove the video cassette without cutting it. I was successful. Here are the steps I took:

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