A tape with a cracked housing was used in this machine and jammed. Cover was removed and tape was removed, however a plastic arm with a hole in the middle and a flat part of it on one end was found along with a spring was found lose inside the unit. Can't figure out where it goes. It doesn't appear to be broken. Need a diagram showing location of the components. Anyone out there with a technical manual on this unit? Thanks Mark
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This is probably part of the cassette carriage (the unit that loads & ejects the tape). You could possibly post a couple of pics- of the loose pieces, and the carriage mechanism- perhaps a tech here could point to where the pieces fit. Hopefully, nothing on the carriage (or elsewhere) is broken. VCRs of the last 10+ years are made to break easily- thin metal, thin weak plastic.
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That is exactly what a typical M-Load mechanism is supposed to do. Once the VHS tape cassette is inserted, cassette housing cover will be flipped up and two arms will pull tape out of cassette housing to wrap tape around cylindrical spinning head housing that contains video heads and, if VHS HI-FI, audio heads as well. When stop or eject button is pressed, arms will retract and tape will wind back into cassette housing. What type of problem are you experiencing with unit? It may have nothing to do with M-load engaging tape around head cylinder.
First, you should keep away from the T-160 tapes as they are thinner and more likely to jam. The T-120 or less sizes are better. Next, use high quality name brand tape - not the off-brands found in the bargain bin.
Do the regular maintenance. All tape is "dirty" (including cassette, 8 track, reel to reel, etc.) and will deposit dirt on the tape heads and "transport" mechanism. Transport consists of capstan and pinch rollers that push / pull the tape in and out of the housing. when dirty, they slip and interfere with the "pick up" of a quality picture from the tape. Use of a quality wet cleaning system at regular intervals (or whenever picture quality deteriorates or tapes jam) is highly recommended. Here are some googled results for wet VHS cleaning systems:
You can purchase a VCR cleaning tape that will do the job. However the best way is to buy a can of Servisol Video 40 (small one will do and it will last a long time) then remove the top cover of the VCR. Spray the VCR heads. Shinny Silver things and any moving parts that the tape touches. If your not certain what to clean, with the cover off insert a tape and press play. Remove the tape and spray small amounts on the surfaces. If you can see a lot of dust you can wipe the heads etc with a cotton bud. A VCR housed in a smokers house will need extra work to get it clean. Once dry you can test a tape. If you see flecks or spots the VCR will need further cleaning.
If a document jam occurs during a transmission, the message "DOCUMENT JAM" is displayed. If this occurs, follow the procedure below. It is recommended that a duplicate from a copier, of the jammed document be used to reduce the chance of a jam when resending the document. See Chapter 3, "Loading Documents" for document specifications and recommendations which may help avoid paper jams. Note: The power can be left ON when clearing a paper jam. Typical Causes of Document Jams Recommended Procedure The document is fed at an angle. Adjust the Document Guides to the edges of the document. The document paper is too thin or too thick. Make a duplicate using a copier and use the copy as the sending document. Document has tape or pieces of paper taped to it. Remove the tape or make a duplicate using a copier and use the copy as the sending document. The Control Panel Cover is not fully closed. Close the Control Panel Cover fully. The document is stapled. Remove the staple(s), or make a duplicate using a copier and use the copy as the sending document. Basic Troubleshooting 1. Remove all documents from the Document Support. 2. Open the Control Panel Cover. 3. Remove the document jam. Remove any pieces of paper, paper clips, or staples that may have caused the jam. 4. Close the Control Panel Cover. 5. Verify the display has returned to the Standby Mode.
Hi, try getting a VHS Head Cleaner; if that don't work? try ajusting the tracking system on the remote. Modern VHS Cassette Players, and or recorders, usally have (Auto Tracking) built-in. Thanks paul7of9
unplug then remove the top cover press down on the cassette release and remove the tape then rewind the part of the tape still sticking out by hand push in the button on the side of the cassette to open the cassette cover