Sylvania 626OVE Model: I cleaned the internal parts manually and seemed to work ok. Then it started bouncing when a different taped program started. I was playing a copy of The Treasure of the Sierra Madre just fine, then when another copied movie came on, the picture started bouncing up and down.
What could be the problem + why don't the more current VHS player/recorders have the good old Tracking Control anymore? They used to work great on the older models.
Thanks for any help you can provide!
All new VCR's are auto tracking however, you should be able to manually track it using your remote, or there are a few reasons that the auto track can fail, the tape may have worn or ragged edges which means that the control head cannot get a clean reading, the control head may itself need cleaning or the tape path requires adjustments, adjusting the guides really needs to be done by a technician as a reference tape is used, or that the heads are low and a good video signal cannot be obtained to gain a reference point....Phil
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Could be a dirty rotation sensor - this is simply a tiny piece of metal mounted under one of the hubs. This metal bounces a beam of light to a photoelectric sensor. As long it's moving, the machine will detect the pulses of light and allow the machine to run.
When that piece of metal gets dirty, it stops reflecting enough light to satisfy the photosensor and the machine shuts down after a few seconds.
The hubs should be held on by tiny plastic retaining rings - remove the takeup reel first and look at its underside. When you find the series of metal reflectors, simply dip a Q-Tip into household rubbing alcohol, clean them up and wipe them dry to keep any film from forming.
Open up the front of the VHS tape and look at the tape inside. It should be nice and smooth. If it is not the video machine has damaged the tape and it will bounce and make a mess of the video heads again. If the tape is crinkled at the bottom side the pinch roller on the VCR is worn and needs replacing. If there is no damage to the tape. Then all you need do is give the video heads and any part that touches the tape a good clean. To do this you unplug from the mains the power lead. Remove the top cover of the VCR and with some Servisol Video 40 Spray clean the heads etc. You can use a cotton bud to get into corners. Leave to dry for about 10 minutes. And re-asemble to try a tape.
You can find the Servisol on-line.
PS if you have never seen inside a VCR before, after you have taken the top off plug the power lead back in, you don't need any other connections and play a tape and watch where the tape touches. Take the tape out and pull the plug! Then clean!
Cleaning like this is much better than a tape.
Hi, If front display lit up when vcr plugged in that means power supply is working and issue is in system control section, and if front display remains dark while vcr plugged in wall socket then power supply is defective. As you know its an old model vcr so I do not think spare parts would be available any more, I found good option for you to fix this vcr. Click eBay.com link to get same vcr in working order for $40 that can be used to obtain either power supply or any other board/ parts to repair your vcr. Hope these info will help you. Thanks.
If it was near the main video head, it's a video head cleaning roller. Since you seem able to clean the video head yourself from time to time, I would leave it off. It won't effect the performance of the vcr, as long as any remaining parts are clear of the tape path.
Try cleaning the heads first. The best way is to remove the top cover, then you can spray the head with Servisol Video 40. Also spray the audio/control heads, near the roller. Allow to dry before putting a tape in. Make certain all surfaces where the tape touches are clean. Don't remove the grease where the poles guide the tape to the head. You might find a cotton bud handy on some surfaces.
Your unit is dirty and will need to be cleaned by a cleaning tape, available at any retail store or electronics specialty store. Also check the internal compartments to make sure nothing is loose, broken, or misaligned. If these do not work then the unit needs professional repair or replacement. Good luck to you!
You might try to clean the heads, You can buy some acetone at any walmart, Kmart ect…Use a foam swab to clean the heads on the chrome cylinder that spins. (Do not use cotton swabs, it will get caught in the heads.) It has 4 small windows on the cylinder that are the record and play back heads. Do not use a lot of acetone at one time, just a bit. Let it dry for 5 to 10 min’s. Then try to record and play back something. Sometimes it takes more than one cleaning. But.. Always let it dry good before putting in a tape or it will clog the heads worst. I have found that cleaning tapes only work if the heads are not very dirty. A manual cleaning is the best. Radio shack may carry the foam swabs. I’m not sure but electronic supplies do. Hope this is helpful.