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VCR Eats the tapes

I've had this unit for about 3 years and have use the VCR side sparingly. When I went to use it recently, it preceded to not play and eat up my tapes in the process. I had to use a thin, long letter opener to slip the tape out over internal sections of the vcr. Thanks for your help.

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  • Fwank Aug 22, 2007

    Thanks for your help, would not be surprised if it is the "Pinch Roller", but as you said it could something else a bit too challenging for novice repairman (my prior experience includes removing a battery form a JVC model). Also, I hope this solution pertains to the SLV-D350P as well. That is hte actual model but I got confused b/c they share the same owners manual. Again, thanks for your help. Only one more question; if I do get this repaired, what is the life expectancy of the repair job?

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Often the "Pinch Roller" type Tape Drive can "Dry Out" and it slips. this causes the tape to get all screwed up.. It could also be a belt that turns the capstan.. Or even a thing called the "Mode Switch" In any event Ya probably be best to take it in for repair as it's not really a "Homer" I suggest ya get a quote and an explanation, and see if it is economically worthwhile?

Posted on Aug 22, 2007

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    Well a good tech would give it a Clean, replace Roller OR put in a "Belt Kit" and thats about say $US50 - $60.00 Incl Parts.. repair should last quite a bit.. these devices are made to be used.. but not too much...lol ya should always get a 3mths parts & labor warranty, up to a year I think .. especially if the same thing goes wrong again..

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