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Re: I GOT THE TAPE OUT, BUT THE ARMS WILL NOT RETRACT?
The mechanism of a VCR is very complex. The incorrect removal of a tape will not only have caused the tape arms to be out of sequence, but also caused the electronics to be confused. Inside the VCR is a device called the Mode Switch. This tells the electronics which position the VCR is in. This Switch rotates with every movement of the VCR. When parts of the VCR mechanism are moved out of sequence to the rest, the mode switch will be in the wrong position. So the VCR electronics might think it's in the eject mode when parts of the mechanism are still in play mode.
If the mechanism was working normally the arms would have been retracted as soon as the VCR was powered up. So it's now out of sequence. Pushing a tape into the holder might cause the mechanism to reset, but I suspect that what will happen is that the VCR will either show a fault code or just power off. It does that to prevent the motors causing any damage when it gets stuck.
The only way to solve this problem is to have the mechanism set up in the correct way. This can only be done if you have performed the operation on several VCR's of the same type or have the service manual. The reason you need the manual is because it tells you how the different cogs, wheels and the mode switch need to be positioned. They often have holes are marks on them to aid in the set up. To make matters worse VCR's are rarely set up in the eject mode. Without knowledge of how to set up the video or the manual you will never get it to work properly.
One further thing you will need to check that the removal didn't damage any plastic parts. Plus clean the tape head and any surface that the tape touches.
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That is exactly what a typical M-Load mechanism is supposed to do. Once the VHS tape cassette is inserted, cassette housing cover will be flipped up and two arms will pull tape out of cassette housing to wrap tape around cylindrical spinning head housing that contains video heads and, if VHS HI-FI, audio heads as well. When stop or eject button is pressed, arms will retract and tape will wind back into cassette housing. What type of problem are you experiencing with unit? It may have nothing to do with M-load engaging tape around head cylinder.
l would sacrifice a old or bad tape here, remove all the tape inside a cassette and tape off the small sensor holes on each side.
That way no tape to damage and you can insert it to see what is happening.
What likely is the issue is when stop it, it or if the tape does not fully load against the drum with heads, when the arms retract that pull the tape out of the cassette the mechanism is not switching to rewind it back into the cassette.
Usually this means a belt is slipping or the idler unit is not working---belts can break or stretch or even come off---belts will get slopply or bad from NO use and it is common.
The fault seems to be in the sensor and the mode switch of the loading system which is connected with the main controller processor and loading driver. This can be a failure of the tape end detector which is a IR - infra red- emitter which is placed in the center of the tape tray and MUST feed continuous signal to the END IR detectors placed at either ends. Also the tape seems to load with a false detection of the cassette within when the tray is closed for this reason of the failure along with a possible misplaced mode switch settings. This triggers to make the loading move without a reason and so can be due to failure of the the mode switch or unbalanced settings.You will need some experience to remove the tray unit, then check on the IR sensors and also check the settings of the loading drive and mode switch.
Before you insert the cartage. Look to see if the carriage is all the way back. If it not. The unit is out of sync. A gear has slipped a tooth some where. I don't about this particular model, some vcrs have a belt drive, Take the bottom off and see if there is a belt. It could be slipping or broke.
When in play the tape is pulled out of the cassette & wrapped around a path that takes it across the heads using guide arms.When you press STOP/EJECT. the guide arms move back leaving the tape slack, at the same time a clutch device engages the take up spool & rotates to turn the spool in the cassette & wind the slack tape back into the cassette. When the arms are fully retracted a selector switch has moved into position to activate a motor which turns the mechanism to bring the cassette housing back up to the start position & relaeses the tape. If there is still tape catching the mechanism when you try to eject or some of the tape not fully back inside the cassette, this is most likely because the take up spool is not turning quickly enough to take up the slack tape.
This is the most common VCR problem of all time. The piece call
the idler tire is worn down and needs replacing. This is the
little wheel in the mechanism between the 2 reels that flips back and
forth depending on which direction you've told it to go. It has
a rubber tire around it to allow some slippage so that the take up reel
can go whatever speed it needs to as it accumulates more and more tape
on it as it goes through your movie. Sometimes this tire is very
difficult to get at so it isn't something you should try to do yourself
unless very mechanicly inclined. Replace the rest of the rubber
belts while you're at it.
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