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Tape drive speed

Will not pull tape at right speed unless i hold the idler wheel down

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Use rubber restorer solution to restore the idler wheel or
replace the wheel.

Posted on Dec 04, 2007


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Califone 1435k This record player from the 70s runs great and came highly recommended but the 33 records we're trying to play are sounding much too fast. Any ideas on how to fix this?

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Panasonic NV-DS65 won't eject a tape

It sounds that what's happened is your idler wheel is slipping or even your main drive belt.
When you loaded the tape it was taken by tape guides around the video drum. When you pressed eject the tape guides returned to their proper places but the tape stayedin a loop around the mechanism because the take up spool had no drive to pull the tape back into the cassette. When you've tried to pull the cassette out of the camera that loop of tape has snagged on part of the mechanism and that's what is stopping the cassette from being removed. I'm afraid the tape would be damaged at that spot so you may as well simply snip it with a pair of long bladed scissors and the cassette will pull straight out.
What is then required is either the drive belt changed or the idler wheel assembly changed. Either way a service center will be required unless yourself or a friend is able to buy the parts (not expensive) and do the work required.

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Tape running at high speed

The tape speed is controlled by a pinchroller arrangement; one rubber covered idler, and a metal drive roller with the tape between them.
There is tension of the take-up reel that will pull the tape faster than it would normally travel if the described rollers are doing what they should.

You might try removing the rubber idler (normally one small Phillips) and stripping the surface with something fairly aggressive such as lighter fluid or alcohol and an old rag.
If you get a good bit of black deposits, that may be enough to restore some tackiness to it and therefore function.

If you are handy and curious, you can take a cartridge with problems, remove the tape from the reels, cut out most of the closed side of the cassette, put a rubber band between the two empty reels and make a test cartridge that might let you see what function the various gears perform.
I still have one so prepared in a box of other homemade fixtures I used years ago.
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One drive is used to pull the tape out and run it across the heads very accurately, and another drive is used to pull the tape back into the cassette. This one uses a clutch to allow it to slip so that the takeup reel in the cassette can vary in speed depending on how much tape is on it. After a few years, it slips too much and can't pull the tape in fast enough. (older units use rubber idler wheels to do the same thing)
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Solution: The tape not spooling back into the cassette is caused by a fault with the idler or clutch mechanisms. There are usually felt clutches associated with the idler gear and felt clutches on the take up and supply reels. On many VCR's the idler gear engages a direct drive gear for FF & FR, whereas for cue & review the idler gear engages a gear that drives the spool via a felt clutch, the same gear that is used for play. During play, however, the capstan/pinch roller pulls the tape through the mechanism with the take up reel pulling in the slack tape. Check for a slipping felt clutch mechanism. A little trick that works well, remove the offending spool and most spools can be popped apart, use some violin bow resin and carefully work the resin into the felt. You will find that the resin restores the lost grip of the felt with lasting results. Violin resin can also be dissolved into alcohol to provide a gloss finish over reworked solder joints.

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