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This could be caused by one of a number of things, but it could be down to the carriage (the thing the cassette fits into being damaged. Another likely cause is the mode switch. Again this could be caused by damage in the mechanism, throwing out the timing. You see the mode switch tells the electronics what position the mechanism is in. Any damage can throw out the timing. But mode switches themselves can go faulty. Sometimes dirt gets in them, which can be cleaned out by Servisol Video 40. Restoring operation. But damage will throw the mode switch out so re-aliment needs to be done. I think your deck might use the K-Deck mechanism. If it does you can find information on it, plus how to set up the mode switch correctly by searching Google for "Panasonic K-Deck".
Mode switches for K-Decks can be found on Curry's Partmaster site if you need a new one.
You have what's called a Panasonic K-Deck machine. That code means the Mechanism locks after unloading the tape. The cause of this could either be the 'carriage' where the tape fits, or the Load Motor. Plenty of free information on line just type "Panasonic K-Deck" into Google.
Yes the most likely cause is the mode switch, you can spray it with Servisol Video 40 or replace it. But you will need the service manual for that. The good news I think your model uses a K-Deck, and there is plenty on-line about the Panasonic K-Deck.
F04 means that the mechanism locks during unloading. You need to check the Load motor and it's timing.
You have by the way a K Mech model. This will help you find parts and other information on the mechanism.
Most Panasonic VCR use a mechanisms with a letter. For example the NV-HS900 uses a K Deck. What you need to do is type the model number into google and search for which deck it uses. Then with luck you might also find the instructions for setting the deck up correctly. I got the K-Deck one free.