When I tried to insert a VHS tape, the carrier was stuck. Instead of pulling the tape into the machine and mounting it on the heads, the carrier got locked down isnide. It took and hour to coax the tape out, and now when I turn on the set, I can hear a smallmotor on the VHS side whirr for a few seconds, pause, and then it sounds like it reverses. It runs for a about three seconds, and then the set shuts itself off. The carrier won't move on it's own. The set stays on for less than 10 seconds before automatically powering off. I felt around inside that narrow little space and could not feel anything broken, detached, or overly loose. The whirring sound seems to come from the front part of the chassis, but I cannot visualize it in the area I can see. We had watched a VHS recorded program just a few days ago and everything worked fine. There were no problems ejecting that tape.
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Re: VHS carriage stuck
THERE IS A SENSOR SWITCH THAT TELLS THE MACHINE THE TAPE IS LOADED ... SOUNDS LIKE IT IS STUCK.
PROBLEM IS ACCESS WITH COMBO'S. THEY ARE A PAIN TO GET AT. THE WHOLE BACK COVER TO THE TV MOST OF THE TIME HAS TO BE REMOVED,...
I KNOW ITS NOT MUCH HELP BUT THE MANUFACTURES KNOW THAT... HOPE YOU CAN GET TO THE TRAY INSIDE.
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It sounds as if the drive belt or wheel that controls the carriage has perished and failed. There is normally a micro switch on the side or rear of the tray, that senses the presents of a casset. If it is closed with stikky tape or clay you may be able to simulate a casset in the machine and with manual force help the casset to open or close. alternatively a small lamp in the centre of the tray senses the tape. then you have to cover the lamp or two sensors on left and right side of the tray, to prevent detection of the broken or missing tape.
Please check your VHS tape's CONDITION. See if U can play it on another VHS. BE CAREFUL. sounds like a damaged VHS. You might need to take that to the shop. Better to have it checked than damage your materials. Had a similar situation with a DVD/VHS. Finally, the VHS got stuck inside. Thankfully the shop fixed it but my VHS never worked again properly.
Unplug the TV/VCR/DVD Combo from the main power for a couple of minutes, the unit may eject the tape at the power ON. You can also try openening the unit, reset the loading posts and eject the tape by manually turning gears, motors etc..You have to know what you're doing otherwise, you will do more damage or get injured and don't forget HIGH VOLTAGE CAN KILL. Best of lock www.aaatvservice.com
I'm sorry to say that the solution as stated is not correct. This condition usually occurs because of belts that are slipping. In order to remove the tape, some dis-assembly is required. If you have not done this in the past, I would not suggest that you attempt this repair. This repair should cost about $10 in parts plus labor. It is possible that the IR LED is defective as well which can also cause this. This is a common failure and should be a simple repair for any shop.
turn on the machine. use your figure push on the cassette, when you feel the cassette can't go any farther (don't jam it),and hold it there. press the eject button, you may have to try this couple of times in order for the cassette to come out.
the cassette deck need to have the drive belt change.
You can eejct the tape manually by manually turning the motor on the right hand side of the VCR. Once you have reach the fully ejected position, try turning on the TV once more. If it still does not work, you might have to clean the mode switch mounted on the PCB, under the VCR mechanism. If it still does not work, the problem is going to need a repairman to fix.