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Help it's going to fast

My Pv-gs31 has just recently begun to do everything fast when I put a tape in it and press play it, plays in fast-forward if I stop it or push rewind it rewinds at a fast speed if I try to record it does the same tries to records in a fast-forward speed What can I do to get it to work right? TY Tamar

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Your camera has a capstan servo problem which is more than likely being caused by the capstan motor itself.Nothing you can do youself,would suggest bring to service but reccomend getting estimate before repairing.

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