Question about Aiwa Z-R555 Shelf System
I own an Aiwa Z-R555 stereo - trouble with the left audio cassette drive
My problem is that the 'play' and 'record' button next to it are bent and no longer mechanically able to engage that drive. Thus, I cannot make copies of cassettes, CD's, records or from the radio.
Does anyone have instructions for dissasembling/repairing the cassette player, and where I might find replacement parts?
Very grateful for any help!
SOURCE: aiwa cassette deck won't eject
I had this problem on an AD-S40. Turned out to be the drive belts, which had stretched, resulting in the fact that the motors couldn't drive the mechanism through it's various load cycles of opening/closing the captain roller, etc. as required to operate the mechanism. Stuck in mid-cycle, the doors would not open.
After removing the case cover, you can turn the belt driven wheels by hand to complete the cycle, so that you can eject. Then get new belts (several outfits sell belts based on length, on line). You don't need to do much to replace the belts -- after unlocking and getting the tape out, it was only a couple of screws to remove the mechanism, as a unit, and there is no need to fuse with the circuit boards and such. Easier than I expected.
Posted on Apr 20, 2009
You need to replace the belts and clean all the moving parts. If you look at the rear of the unit you should see about 6 to 9 recessed holes. They have screws that you need to take out to take the unit apart. Remember to unplug the unit first. There could be more screws and even a couple on the front under the cassette doors. Every unit is different and you will just need to be careful and not force anything.
Once the unit is in two halves you should see the belts. Measure the belts with a ruler for length, and go on the short side because they will be streched. Go to http://www.mcmelectronicsinc.com where you should be able to match up the belts. Also order some contact cleaner to clean the capstan, rollers and heads. In addition get some lint free Q-tips to clean all the parts.
Use the cleaner on the capstan, pinch roller and the load mechanism. Install the new belts and reassemble the unit. If this was the only problem you should have a working unit.
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Posted on Mar 06, 2011
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