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I have a Sony stereo cassette deck TC-WR590. Deck A and Deck B will not open. Both have tapes in them.

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  • Infrared Mar 05, 2009

    I have the same deck with the same problem. I had it in storage for a couple of years and as far as I can recall it worked fine last time I used it. Just plugged it in and the left side, which had a tape in it already, locked up. Put a tape in the other side and the same thing happened. It tries to do something when I hit the play, rec, or FF/Rew buttons, but the reels never manage to spin and I can't force the eject button to kick them out. I think the tape transport mechanisms are stuck in the active position but I have no idea why or how to release this condition.

  • Infrared Mar 05, 2009

    Same problem here. Just got the unit out of storage; worked last time I used it, but now both sides are locked up.


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I bought one used with the same problem. There is a small white plastic interlock that prevents the pressing of the eject button when the tape transport is in any mode other than stop (and perhaps pause.) You can take off the cover and press the small white interlock which then allows the eject button to be depressed. With my unit the actual problem was a broken rubber drive belt. Your problem may be different. You can tell by looking if it is the belt. It is possible to buy a replacement belt (about $6 including shipping at one site.) It is also possible to replace the belt without too much disassembly. However, it is a really big pain to go through this work. I decided to give up and return the used device for a refund since I have a ten day return period.

Posted on May 16, 2009

  • aa5696 Jun 16, 2009

    I got one of these at a thrift shop and the door on the right side would not open. I took off the cover and saw the belt had deteriorated and also saw the little white door interlock. I advanced the mechanism by turning the drive wheel which caused the interlock to open. I found instructions at "instructables dot com" for replacing the belts on a similar unit, the TC-wr535. I have it opened up and am awaiting shipment of a new set of belts. I hope I can get it back together.


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Sony uses an integrated circuit/motor to drive the eject system on their dual cassette decks. It's VERY possible that the motor has failed.
You'll need to take the case off and dislodge the cassettes by hand and prying some levers
Then toss them . theyre not worth fixing

Posted on Apr 10, 2009

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I have been there before! Most cassettes door releases act by a motion of a locking hinge release system .If you can see the movement when you press the release button use something that will flex but be strudy to HELP trip that mechcanial lever! BE CAREFUL & BE PATIENCE!

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