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Cassette deck doors wont eject

I cant get the doors to eject. there is no way that i can do it manually without causing damage to the doors is it?

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  • addiegrundy May 30, 2009

    I am not sure of your instructions. Are you saying to force the doors open manually? The door on the left was working until i put a tape in. the cassette that I am trying to fix is sony cassette deck tc-we6055

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The belt that drives the mechanism is stretched and does not advance the mechanics to finish a cycle - i.e stuck in "play". Open case and manually try to rotate the capstan flywheel in the correct direction. this might free the mechanism. depending on model, you might have to leave the power on, but usually you should not apply power to unit. probably need new belt to get this unit to work again.

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  • Bernard May 30, 2009

    I'm thinking that the door is stuck because the mechanism is not moving. I'll bet you can't play the tape either. As long as the tape deck is stuck trying to play the tape, the mechanism locks the eject button. You have to reach the point where the machine has accepted the "STOP" function. Then the front door can be opened.

    Inside the machine in the tape deck mechanism there is a large "thick" gray colored (aluminum) disc that has a pin in the center that goes to the front of the machine. It is called the capstan drive. Under normal operation, this pulls the tape from one side to the other by squeezing the tape between the capstan pin and the rubber wheel. This should be turned by the belt that is connected to the motor. I'm thinking you have to manually rotate this disc so that the mechanism advances the tape from the supply side to the take up side of the cassette. This should permit the mechanical parts to work and hopefully the front door lock will become unlocked. Try first without any power connected. But It may be necessary to power up the unit while you do this. Only high voltage exists near an exposed fuse or the power on switch, so be careful where you put your fingers.


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