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It acts like the heads are dirty but they have been cleaned

Sometimes the picture kind of locks up and it stops playing. It also ate a tape. I think the deck has about 4000 hrs on it.

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4000 hours is not bad for a clean machine that is fresh

they reset the drum and capstan run time meters when the machine is serviced: so you can have circuit boards that are getting tired.. The boards have lots of Surface Mount Electrolytic Can Capacitors... the parts used are rated for 3000 hours of use at 100 deg Celcius.. they last longer as the temperature goes down..

they have a chemical inside that dries up...

so the machine may need overhaul.

but an old tape can cause this, a worn & dirty pinch roller can cause this also...

Posted on Apr 09, 2009

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Hi Melanie -

First, you should keep away from the T-160 tapes as they are thinner and more likely to jam. The T-120 or less sizes are better. Next, use high quality name brand tape - not the off-brands found in the bargain bin.

Do the regular maintenance. All tape is "dirty" (including cassette, 8 track, reel to reel, etc.) and will deposit dirt on the tape heads and "transport" mechanism. Transport consists of capstan and pinch rollers that push / pull the tape in and out of the housing. when dirty, they slip and interfere with the "pick up" of a quality picture from the tape. Use of a quality wet cleaning system at regular intervals (or whenever picture quality deteriorates or tapes jam) is highly recommended. Here are some googled results for wet VHS cleaning systems:

http://www.google.com/search?q=wet+vhs+tape+cleaner&ie=utf-8&oe=utf-8&aq=t&rls=org.mozilla:en-US:official&client=firefox-a&channel=sb#channel=sb&q=wet+vhs+tape+cleaner&rls=org.mozilla:en-US:official&safe=off&tbm=shop

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