We have an RCA VR639HF and are having problems with the machine ejecting the tape as soon as you put it in. Sometimes it would work fine for a while, then when you go to play or rewind it ejects the tape. On occasion, it would work after pushing the tape in at least a half dozen times. Now it seems to eject the tape as soon as you put it in.
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Re: Tape keeps getting ejected
This unit requires the rubber parts to be replaced. The loading sequence is not completing properly. The VCR will eject the tape when the sequence fails as a safety measure to prevent damage to either the VCR or the tape.
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You can check tape player for any type of object lodged in it. Maybe unplug and turn upside down to here anything inside. Or even any broken tape that come off inside. The only other thing is that the belts inside are worn and will not put device back in play mode.
This could be a mode switch problem, sometimes you can get it to work by spraying the switch with Servisol Video 40. Sometimes it has to be replaced in which case you will need the service manual.
The Mode switch may look like these:
On Sony DSR-80P error 02-221 and 02-291 is a problem with the tape
pull-in or eject. Mostly the tape stickers are bad situated over the
stripe-cover at the top, which should be moving freely!
Remove the stickers from the tape or put them lower on the case. If the
tape is already inside the machine is unable to reject the tape -
disconnect the machine from electricity to open it or call service...
When a tape won't eject, the problem can be caused by several things.
The most common problem is that the belt that operates the eject mechanism is slipping and not allowing it to eject the tape. This can be fixed by either using a re-grip solution on the belt or have the belt replaced.
Belts are inexpensive but sometimes difficult to get to. Most of the repair expense will be in the labor.
Unplug the unit and take the cover off. Hopefully there will be enough clearance so you can get to the tape. Try to find the motor and belt that is responsible for operating the eject mechanism. The motor will look like a shiny cylinder, about the diameter of a quarter and will have a plastic pulley attched to the shaft.
You can rotate the pulley and belt with your fingers and manually eject the tape. If the tape is around the spindles and video head, you will need to manually move the mechansim that retracts the spindles and returns the tape to the cartridge.
While you may be successful in getting the tape out, you need to find out what caused the problem in the first place. Putting in another tape will most like become stuck again unless the problem is identified and resolved.
Also look for a broken spring or cracked gear (missing teeth) in the eject mechanism.
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Take the top cover off, and see if there is an obvious reason for the no-eject, as in tape spooled out and wrapped around something.
Next, is the tape drawn back into the tape housing? Under normal operation this is done before eject. A defect in the tape itself, or in the VCR mechanicals can cause a no "pull in" condition.
Otherwise, you could carefully try to assist an eject- push eject, lift lightly on the tape.
Sometimes the entire carriage mechanism can be removed with tape in place, but often, screws holding this in place are obscured by the tape, and, if carriage is gear driven, proper gear alignment must be reestablished.
This can be a tricky problem, getting tape out without damaging anything, especially since late VCRs are made rather fragile to start with.