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Tape "was" stuck and now it's worse

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.

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Re: Tape "was" stuck and now it's worse

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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The mechanism of a VCR is very complex. The incorrect removal of a tape will not only have caused the tape arms to be out of sequence, but also caused the electronics to be confused. Inside the VCR is a device called the Mode Switch. This tells the electronics which position the VCR is in. This Switch rotates with every movement of the VCR. When parts of the VCR mechanism are moved out of sequence to the rest, the mode switch will be in the wrong position. So the VCR electronics might think it's in the eject mode when parts of the mechanism are still in play mode.
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