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VCR won't eject tape - timing of loading mechanism is off

I have a 940HF. Recently, I loaded a cassette which had, unbeknownst to me, one of those little tape labels that come with a vhs tape, stuck to the bottom ot the tape. Static electricity I guess. Anyway, I put the tape with the label stuck under it into the machine. The machine tried to load it. I heard a few loud clicks - which I assume were gears - and the tape got stuck in the machine halfway loaded. Pulled the cover, got the tape out. The machine wouldn't load anymore. I took the machine to a friend who is a tech. He took apart the whole loading mechanism and re-timed it. But here's the problem. We've set the timing right THREE times now. Every time it's used, everything works fine until you hit rewind. If you try to rewind a tape, it throws the timing back out again. This is making the unit useless. What could possibly be causing this? Why would a transport control affect the loading mechanism timing?

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Now-a-days most of the gears are made out of plastic(HDPE, if I remember correctly), when the rewinding command is given even if one gear tooth is worn/broken it will throw the entire timing out of 'gear'. Since the problem has already occurred, and, this is the only function that has malfunctioned my advice would be to leave it as it is! ('cos repairing/replacing it is manual & therefore a costly affair plus there is no guarantee that the replacedment will function properly)....sodeep

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