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Have to reassemble VHS-C cassette

I am repairing client's VHS-C compact tape. I have reattached the broken end of the tape to the take up hub and need to reassemble the cassette. I found a small spring inside the cassette, but cannot determine where this spring should go. Does it sit on the post that holds the take up reel, or does it go somewhere else? Do you know of any site where I can find a diagram or schematic of a VHS-C cassette? Thanks.

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  • davideoco Dec 10, 2008

    Thanks Bubbabear, but the spring is not a torsion spring, the flat one that is found on the cassette flap hinge. It is a more common, round, open coiled compression spring, about 1/4 inch high and 1/8 inch diameter. Looks like it should go over a post any further thoughts, now that I have been a little more specific. Thanks.

  • davideoco Dec 10, 2008

    I have now discovered that these tapes have a braking mechanism, and that is where this spring goes. If you are looking down at the cassette, with the cassette top off, and the door side in the 12 o'clock position, you will see a plastic post in the lower right corner of the cassette shell. A small (usually black) plastic tube with a flat plastic panel at the bottom fits over that post. There is a square channel in the corner of the cassette shell which aligns with the flat panel at the bottom of the tube. When this tube/panel piece is properly aligned, several small teeth on the bottom of this little panel will align with the teeth on the gear that is part of the bottom of the take up reel. The round compression spring goes onto the plastic post sticking up from the bottom of the shell (over which you have slipped the black tube/panel piece). Once the upper shell has been reinstalled, the spring holds the tube/panel piece in place and allows it to move up and down on the tube a little bit. Assuming that you have properly threaded the tape between the sets of rollers and guides, the cassette should function normally. Thanks.


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Tried searching for a diagram but didn't find one. Usually the spring goes to the plastic door protecting the tape. If the door isn't retacting, you should remove the door altogether and the tape should work as long as it is moving properly when you turn the take up roller on the tape by hand.

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  • Tim Babcock
    Tim Babcock Dec 10, 2008

    Do the tape up reels move in the cassette when you push on them?

    That should only be the only area as well as the outside tape door that requires a sping on those tapes.


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