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Cassette player eating!

Retainer ring for idler guide pulley popped out.. now eating tapes.... parts available... or throw away?

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Re: cassette player eating!

Durabrand is one of walmarts cheap electronics brands.. This boombox probably only costs $15-$20 off the shelf. Id just junk it.

Posted on Jul 15, 2007

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Check and clean the mechanism parts of your casette player mechanism. Look whether there is dirt accumulated on the capstan shaft and pintch rollar of the mechanism. This is the main cause of tape slip and irregular output from it. OK.

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The auto stop mechanism seems to have completely stopped working. When play a cassette, it eats it. When you put the deck into play mode without a cassette and push on the pinch roller with your finger, it...

When's the last time it was cleaned? It surely needs it now.

Never touch the any part of the transport that directly contacts the tape with bear fingers.

This sounds like a failure of the take-up (left) reel to take up slack as it's fed in by the capstan.

You can probably trust the machine to fast forward or rewind a tape to test the ability of the reels to manage slack since either action only requires one reel to pull while the other just coasts. Failure would look like stationary tape that eventually would time out and reset the command.

If it won't do fast transport motions that eliminates the capstan/pinch roller.

If it CAN FF and REW then the capstan, pinch roller, heads or something is probably glommed up with sticky tape oxide, which brings us back to the first question.

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When I press play, my tape player eats the tape.

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