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Aiwa AD-F800 Cassette Door problem

Put in a tape pressed play , tape speed erratic also in RR or FF. Cannot open door. Followed suggestions for previous posting of a Sony model ( moving flywheel by hand ). Unit in mint condition otherwise. Thanks!

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95% of all tape deck mechanical issues are caused by the belts going bad. if they have not been changed, then goto turntableneedles.com and click on the "find my player" link it will take you to the two most commonly failed belts for your model. They are square belts. If you open it up and see flat belts then email them measurement information by threading a piece of string from around the pulleys where the flat belt is found. ONLY OPEN AND ATTEMPT THIS IF THE POWER UNPLUGGED & YOU ARE QUALIFIED OR EXPERIENCED WITH ELECTROMECHANICAL DEVICES.

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