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Sharp VC-H973U suddenly unable to play/record tapes

My Sharp VCH973U just started not being able to play tapes. When I insert one, it takes it in readily, but when I press 'play' it makes a grinding sound, runs a few seconds, then stops (it doesn't spit the tape out). When I do eject the tape, though the tape isn't mangled or broken, it won't quite let it go - like it's caught around a spindle. What I like best about this unit is that I can program timed recordings from the front panel without having to use the remote (in case that breaks and is irreplaceable). Any solutions? Is it something I can fix myself? Is it worth taking to a shop to repair? Or should I just scrap it?

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With these things it's best to see what is going on to see if it can be fixed. So what I suggest you do is take the top cover off and using an old tape which you don't mind getting mangled insert it and watch where it gets tangled up. Without looking into it you can't determine what's faulty.

Posted on Jan 27, 2013

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SOURCE: vc-a573u (a) stop working

clean the heads.

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