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VCR problem Problem is with the VCR. When I playback a tape the picture flickers up like the vertical hold is gone. I tried manually cleaning it and have also tried adjusting the tracking. Both did not improve it. What could the problem be?

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  • BARBIE542 Aug 07, 2008

    Emerson video cassette recorder model EWV404.

    ON play back, picture keeps flipping. Problem says ajust tracking by pressing CHANNEL button. This does not work. No separate button for just tracking flipping problem.

    When I fast fwd ,picture does not flip, when I play I get the same flipping, also sound can be effected.



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It is likely the drive belt located on the underside of the carriage. Remove the top, then look for about 4 or 5 screws holding the carraige in place. Disconnect a couple ribbon cables and remove the whole carriage. Look under the carriage and you'll see the belt in question. It's probably slipping which causes the picture to roll. Occasionally you can get away with cleaning the belt with a rubber cleaner... more likely you'll need to replace the belt (which cleaning only delays).
I doubt very much if the alignment is off - that only usually happens if you've been poking around in there in force. While you have the top off give the thing a good clean. Ideally you'll demagnitize the heads and the audio/record heads. Just follow where the tape runs when in play mode and clean all the surfaces with a cue tip and alchohol. Rub clean when done to ensure all the residue is removed. When cleaning the head itself - be very careful. Rub the Qtip gently along the length of the pick-up head - DO NOT RUB UP AND DOWN, rub along. Rubbing up and down will break the ferrite head which will render the VCR trash.
Try not to touch the belt with your fingers as that will leave oils on the belt and speed the breakdown process.
Good luck!

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The problem is most likely with the tape path guides being out of alignment or in need of cleaning.
It could be worn or dirty video heads/drum.
It could be a worn pinch roller.
It's in need of at least a professional cleaning, possibly a tape path alignment and possibly some rubber drive parts needing to be replaced.
My guess is a tape path cleaning/alignment along with a pinch roller replacement.

You may want to consider this an opportunity to move from tape to DVD. The home DVD recorders are very cheap now and will do the same thing your VCR does, only better.

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