Question about VCRs
Vintage VHS VCR RCA model VGT205 (circa 1982)
Symptoms: From a cold start, cassette hesitates to move into Play mode. Cylinder drum moves slowly, but then starts and stops. Tape begins to load partially around drum, but then slips off. I must then press Stop immediately, otherwise tape will pull itself off exit p-guide and become mangled.
''Tricking'' the VCR by fast-forwarding or rewinding for a minute or two(either with or without a cassette loaded) usually gets the VCR to load and run normally again, and with the cylinder drum spinning at its proper speed.
Problem occurs again after several hours or after a cold start next day.
All belts are new. Capstan seems solid with no excessive play. Motor works fine in fast forward and rewind modes.
One technician has tested the machine and claims that part number VCRS0012 (RCA part 155713) is the culprit--despite the fact this part is decribed in the service manual as an ''audio control''. Why would an audio control create a loading problem? In any event, absolutely NO ONE has this part available! I've searched for it in vain.
Another ''bad part'' is supposedly IC2001 (AN6677) the cylinder driver--of which I do have a brand new spare but not yet installed. Not sure if the problem would be resolved if I installed this particular part only, however, which is why I prefer to wait for a more thorough diagnosis.
Identical model was also sold under the following brands: Magnavox
VR8306BK01;Panasonic PV-1265; Philco V1001QBK01;Quasar VH5022UW; Sylvania VC2215BK01.
This vintage VCR is built like a tank, has an excellent picture, and has survived many later, ''better'' models. It would be too easy to trash it.
I would prefer to restore it. Currently, I am only able to use it as a rewinder/fast forwarder.
Any suggestions? Thank you for any assistance you can give me.
SOURCE: rewind or fast forward
Though not familiar with this model, VCRs of all sorts have an idler mechanism which drives the supply and takeup spindles. Either the idler is somehow defective and slipping, and, assuming this idler is belt driven, the belt may be slipping just enough to cause a no Rew/FFW condition. If you had access to a test tape jig (a clear dummy tape, which allows a tech to view what is happening in the area normally obscured by the loaded tape), this might give a clue as to what is happening. On alot of machines, a problem with Rew/FFW would also mean a tape takeup problem in standard play, result in tape spilling out inside the machine. Sensors would catch this condition and go into a error mode, as yours is doing. One other thing which might be happening here, is the pinch roller not being disengaged from the capstan in the Rew/FFW modes. I think this is where I'd look first, and you can probably see if such is happening just by pulling the cover off the VCR. The pinch roller is just to the right of the rotating video head. In the play and forward/rev search modes it will press the tape up against the capstan (a rotating shaft). When in Rew/FFW, the pinch roller should be pulled back from the capstan, maybe 1/4 inch or so. Whatever the case, repair will likely take someone tech savvy. Costs might not be economically justified, with the low-cost, disposable rigs sold in the last 10+ years.
Posted on May 29, 2007
the clutch gear needs to be replaced . you can order the part partstore.com go by brand and model easy to replace around 30.00 dls .
Posted on Jun 20, 2007
The idler wheel (that only drives the tape in play or scan modes) is
slipping too much (very common problem). Try verify this by
putting the tape in play then immediately press the fast fwd or rewind
buttons to scan the tape. On older machines, the idlers used
rubber friction tires - on newer ones, a clutch. Either replace
the tire or increase the spring tension on the clutch.
Hope Ya Fix It.
Posted on Jan 22, 2008
Way to go. Usually if you use anisotropic Alcohol with a few Q-tips works well I've found.
Try cleaning the other tap path items like the capstan that the pinch roller get's pushed up to also with this Alcohol. The cleaner the better the tape goes through. Much better picture.
A/V Media Guy
Posted on Nov 19, 2009
Testimonial: "saved the deck - I was going to replace it! fast response too! Thanks"
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