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Teac A-21 Stereo Cassette Tape Deck turns un, but won't play cassette tapes...

I recently bought this tape deck for a few bucks without testing it first. It turns on, sort of boots up, but won't play tapes. None of the functions (play, rewind, ffwd, record, pause) affect the tape. It sits lifeless. I am wondering can I fix this myself? Is it worth buying a manual or taking it to a repair shop? Does anyone have a quick fix? Thank you.

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Very likely that the drive belt has broken. I have fixed a TEAC myself using a large O-Ring from a hardware store (I know I was lucky to find a very close match). Open the unit and find the broken belt and take it to a hardware store to "size up" a replacement. Use the opportunity to oil the gear shafts and clean the rubber pinch roller.

Posted on Jun 23, 2007

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    Sam Palermo Oct 28, 2013

    The unit is so old that it is worth a try. When I worked at Teac we never saw many of those as the repair was already more than it was worth. The manual might be available at Hi Fi Engine for free. Usually in these older units the belt is not the only problem- there will be rell table clutch and Idl;er tires to be dealt with as well as oiling and greasing slide mechanisms.



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