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Toshiba w528 vcr tape eating

I recently cleaned the heads on my toshiba W528 VCR. Now everytime I put a tape in it appears that the vcr literally spits the tape out and it gets wrapped around pretty much everything. Did I mess something up and if so can I still fix it? Also do you happen to have a picture of what the inside of the VCR is supposed to look like to make sure I didn't mess anything up?

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  • morgana47 Oct 09, 2007

    thanks, I have to admit I have no idea what I'm doing, but I put some WD40 on the little plastic axels where the three flat gears are, all the teeth are fine, and it appears to be working fine now, thanks for your help

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Tape "eating" is usually caused by a no take-up condition, that is, the take-up spindle isn't being driven, and thus a certain amount of tape spools out inside the mechanism until the logic circuit senses an error condition and places the machine in an off or stop mode. Cleaning the head shouldn't cause this, assuming you knew what you were doing, and nothing was broken or bent in the process. Look down in between the spindles, and you will see an idler wheel which pivots between the spindles, depending if the mode is Rewind, Fast forward or play. This idler mechanism should pivot freely. If the grease is dried or sticky, or the idler is otherwise broken- gear teeth missing, etc. such must be corrected. If the idler needs replacement, one might be available from the manufacturer, or a parts supplier such as MCM Electronics.

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    Merwyn Bolles Oct 09, 2007

    A tiny bit of WD40 won't hurt, though if sprayed around indiscriminately a bad thing. My usual repair on a sticky mechanism is to disassemble, clean off all old lubricant, and relube with a suitable grease/oil. Singer sewing machine oil usually provided satisfactory results.

    Glad the VCR is working!!

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