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Error message E4 and stuck tape

Vcr is displaying error E4 and when I eject the tapes, the casset makes it out, but is stuck because the tape is still wrapped up inside. Is this fixable?

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  • todd dion Jun 25, 2007

    I got the tape out in one piece, and I tried to run the head cleaner through. It won't even play a tape. The tapes aren't getting wrapped up, they are just not winding back up when I eject it. Is one of the wheels not spinning??

  • todd dion Jul 07, 2007

    I believe I found the issue. The capstan motor is not even engaging. Do you know where I can find another one of these for this model?

  • todd dion Jul 15, 2007

    It turns out that it was the capstan motor. I found one for my model available online for $60. That will not do..

    However, I found someone nearby selling my exact model on craig's list. His had an issue with the tension roller. I replace my capstan motor with his, and now it works perfectly. The belt is in perfect condition.

    Thanks anyway.

  • salty561 Feb 11, 2008

    Used Sony 8 hour tape which is possibly slightly thinner and it got eaten up inside the fast rewind and is still stuck in there. I got the cassette out but the tape is hanging out the front on both sides. Any chance I can remove the tape and save.

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Yes with care. Simply remove the cover and with care unwrap the tape. If you must break the tape - but make sure all residual tape is cleanly removed. Re assemble and put a tape head cleaner through- following the instructions.

Posted on Jun 22, 2007

  • john ash
    john ash Jun 25, 2007

    Can you operate the machine with the cover off?
    Then you will see what is/not happening

  • john ash
    john ash Jul 08, 2007

    they don't make VCR's any more - so new spares are going to be problematic

    It is possible that small parts are common
    So look around for something that has been junked to cannibalize.
    Most like however the capstan does not spin because the belt has broken
    Now belts should be about, cab can be made from another belt cut to size and joined with Super Glue

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