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Betamax SL-HF500 VCR Cassette won't load

Loading cycle doesn't energize when cassette is placed in front load basket. At power up (with no cassette), all motors energize and cycle (i.e., motors appear good). Cassette loaded sensor is leaf switch that appears OK. Plastic gears/cams in loader mechanism appear OK. Belt from loader to mechanism is OK. Motors cycle when the ''eject'' button is pressed (no cassette in machine). Machine worked OK a year ago when placed into storage. What happened?

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