Philips AZ2785 Cassette/CD shelf unit/boom box. The tape decks quit working. Was using it, stopped the deck to talk on phone, pressed PLAY and would not turn anymore. Neither side will turn. I do hear a noise, like a motor sound, or a hum, but the spindles (?) do not turn - with or without a tape in. I am a 62 year young lady who truly loves this machine and hates to be without it. Can't find "goodies" like this much anymore. This one was manufactured in August 2001. My common sense guess would be a belt? Is this something a mechanically minded gal could tackle? If so, where to get parts? THanks SOOOO much for any advice!
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Re: tape decks quit working (turning)
There are a couple of belts inside this unit that most likely need to be replaced. Unfortunately this is not the easiest unit in terms of access. I would not suggest an attempt to replace the belts yourself if you have no experience with that sort of thing. The belts should not cost more than $10 total. Check in your area for a service shop that handles audio gear. The total repair cost for this should not exceed $75.
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1, the pinch roller is not going down and staying in the fixed when during playback, easy way to check power down the unit, press play and see if it looks firm, it will push back, if working right
if its loose, it may well have come off a little sping, and may well be an easy ish fix, by someone who know about cassette decks,
2, the speed adjustment has failed, there will be an internal speed control, which keeps the playback at a correct speed, if this has failed it may be fixable, but only by someone who can take it to bits and remove and solder a new one in, and they are very small and Sony items i have had have failed on speed control! too for me its a junker box
Many portable 'boombox' recorders do not include a microphone for recording ambient sound, but can only record from one internal source to another, like radio or CD to Cassettte. Some do include an input jack for microphones or other audio sources, but you'll need to check your device's specs/ports to be sure.
i highly doubt that anywhere on the internet wil there be a manual or step bu step guide on how to take it apart
such a document must exist but not on the internet
what you will have to do is open up the radio yourself start with the main and biggest screws first from the back and bottom and slowly open it up because it has a cassette section there will be springs that does on the buttons and deck
This unit has 2 belts that are slipping and need to be replaced. This is not the easiest repair for a novice. The belts shouldn't cost more than about $5 total. I woud recommend that you seek a shop that repairs audio gear and inquire about the repair cost.
This sounds like a dirty or sticky pinch roller - use a commercial cassette head cleaner - or ear but with a alcohol cleaner -
If the capston is not rolling the cassette forward this my be due to a broken belt - or may have just jumped off - power down the product and disconnet from the mains - then open it up - normaly the front come away undo the mounting screws from around the cassette mechanism normaly around 4 and carefuly look at the back there should normaly be 2 rubber band one to the capston and 1 to the pich roller the belt that may be broken is the smaller of the too. most cassette deck use the same size belt
I'm not familiar with your particular model, but the auto stop problem is common and is usually the result of a slipping drive belt, or bad idler/reel drive. The auto-stop works by popping a small tooth like plastic or nylon piece attached to an arm, when you runout of tape and takeup reel pulls the tape tight. The auto-stop mech can get contaminated with dust, and not work, or the reel for some reason does not pull the tape tight enough to fully engage that piece and the result is a ticking sound.
As the deck now has your tape, I suspect the main drive belt is broken or probably slipping, and all will work fine if it is replaced.
Although changing the belt is not difficult, you should probably take it to a repair shop, as getting the right size is important, and the deck may have to be dismantled to change it.
Hope this helps, good luck!