Question about Hitachi VTMX4510A S-VHS VCR
I came to visit my folks who own this VCR type/brand... to find my sister had had a 'stuck' video tape. Rather than remove the cover, she poked and pulled the tape out... however... the main tape carriage does not reset, it keeps trying to start then powers down and the main carriage does not reset to 'load' position but grinds the gear track before it can make the turn forward. I took off the cover and face plate but had no success at getting the main carriage assembly to properly track/reset. Wondered if there is a default position or way to re-adjust the gear assembly.
What may have happened is, that in the process of forced removal, gear timing has been fouled up, assuming the cassette carriage is gear driven. Proper gear positioning is critical, and if it is off by one or more teeth, it won't load the tape properly. Often, there are marks or pointers on the gears which must be lined up, in a particular mode, as specified in manufacturer service literature. If there are gear teeth broken, or cracked gears, then they must be replaced. Servicing in such a case is questionable, as VCRs of the past 10+ years are poorly made, prone to break, disposable. Early units, like back in the '80s, were much higher quality, especially mechanically. Unless this is a high $$ rig, you will probably be better off trashing it, and purchasing something else.
Posted on May 25, 2007
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