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Sony TC-255 reel to reel Tape won't turn

Belt is intact. Drive wheel and fan turn in neutral but stop when put in forward or reverse.

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  • jenkins5790 May 11, 2010

    Do you know of a repairman in Atlanta, Ga with Sony TC255 reel to reel's.

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You need to have a tape in place on the reals or it will stop.Hold the tape feeler spring in place and prevent it from moving forward it is located on the left side just remove the SONY stereo tapecoder cover and you see it

Posted on Dec 11, 2009

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    Electric Dime Jun 29, 2011

    These reel to reels have a common motor run capacitor problem. They often go bad, Located inside the machine next to the motor it looks like a small silver metal can with wires.

    CAUTION: If you are not familiar with working on electronic and how to discharge the electric current within the machine then do not try to service this yourself. If could be fatal.

    If the unit does not start when the tape is treadled correctly , goes for awhile and the slowly stops while in play, this is probably your solution above. It will need to be serviced by a qualified technician..

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