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VHS player stops after 5 seconds

Hello all, I've had this player for a little more than a year, but have only logged about 20 hours or less on the VHS player. Tonight I tried to play a VHS tape on it and it quit playing after 5 seconds. I called the 800 number for help, but the guy didn't seem to know what the problem was and couldn't fix it. The two things he had me try were: unplugging the unit, pressing the power button 10 times while unplugged, plugging it back in and wishing...which didn't work. turning the power off, then powering on while holding down the VHS eject button, which did nothing, including not powering on. The VHS player worked fine last week when I used it for about a half hour. The DVD player worked fine tonight and continues to work fine. The sound is connected to my theater system and has no problems. Specifically this is what happens... With the power either on or off I insert a VHS tape. If the power was off, the unit turns on. After a brief loading period the tape begins to play. After 4 or 5 seconds of playing, the tape stops and the unit shuts off. When I power the unit back up it spits out the tape. The fast forward and rewind functions both work fine in stop mode. In play mode, when I fast forward it has the same problem. After 4 or 5 seconds (real time, not elapsed play time on the counter) it shuts off. Any help would be greatly appreciated. TClarke

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Re: VHS player stops after 5 seconds

Hi, Based on your post/description, sounds like a mechanical problem with the take-up spool. As this would involve mechanical diagnosis and repairs, your best bet may be to seek the services of a qualified professional. Should you want to venture do-it-yourself, you need to remove the top cover and expose the inner mechanism of the VHS tape player. Of course the usual safety precautions when working with electrically powered devices. Once the inside mechanism is exposed, you will notice that there are 2 spools where the tape would be sitting when fully loaded. The right side is the take-up spool responsible for winding the tape when played or fast-forwarded. When fast forwarding during stop-mode it is direct gear driven however during play and fast-play, the take-up spool is driven by a clutch sandwiched between the top portion and the bottom wider portion. You need to disassemble the take-up spool. It may be held in place by hard press, force-fit, lock or retaining clip. Normally there is a spring near the top. Upon disassembly, you will notice the clutch which is a white fabric/cloth/cotton appearance. This has to be replaced. Probably available in eBay. In my location, such spare part is not readily available and we have to make do with work-around (not necessarily technically right but as long as it works and for your info only). Things we try:, Stretch the spring, the idea is to put more pressure on the clutch when assembled back; roughen the contact portion where the clutch mates with the spool assembly; worst case scenario, forget the clutch, dab a drop of rubber adhesive on both sides of the clutch. In certain models/versions, it is possible that a slipping belt is causing the problem. In some instances, it could be the driving motor. Hope this be of some help/idea. Post back how things turn up or should you need further information. Good luck and kind regards.

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