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Mitsubishi HS-U550 VCR won't play tapes. Plays TV instead

The VCR had been working fine.  Now, when I put a tape in, instead of playing the tape, it plays the TV station Channel 3.  I have the VCR set to play on Channel 4, the non-broadcast channel.  Somehow, it is switching Channel 4 to Channel 3 and picking up the TV station instead of playing the tape.  Whats going on?

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SOURCE: VCR eats tape when rewinding

A couple of possibilities: 1. Braking problems: When VCR goes from FFWD, REW, Play to stop, there are a pair of "brake pads" engaged to stop the reels, and prevent tape spillage out into the machine. These pads, often rubber like, are on levers which contact one side of each reel. If you take the cover off the VCR, and look down where the tape is loaded, you will like see these brake assemblies. If the rubber pad is missing, or lever pivot points gummied up, then this is your issue. 2. Take up reel isn't being engaged to take up the tape on tape eject. When a tape is loaded into the machine, tape is pulled from the cartridge and threaded into play ready position. When eject mode is engaged, the tape must be pulled back into the cartridge, or you will have tape hanging out the front end of the cartridge, and may get caught on the VCR internals, or at least be mangled by the cartridge door. The often issue here is likely the idler assembly pivot point is sticky. This idler pivots, moving from the take-up reel (right reel) to the supply reel reel (left one), depending on what mode is selected. FFWD & play to the right, left for REW. If this idler is gummed up at it's pivot point, movement will be sluggish at best, and might not be engaging the right reel quickly enough to pull tape in before tape eject. This idler is sitting right between the reels down where the tape sits. A little light oil on the pivot point may be enough to loosen it up. Otherwise it might need to be removed and the old grease removed, and a drop or two of light oil applied.

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When a tape won't eject, the problem can be caused by several things. The most common problem is that the belt that operates the eject mechanism is slipping and not allowing it to eject the tape. This can be fixed by either using a re-grip solution on the belt or have the belt replaced. Belts are inexpensive but sometimes difficult to get to. Most of the repair expense will be in the labor. Unplug the unit and take the cover off. Hopefully there will be enough clearance so you can get to the tape. Try to find the motor and belt that is responsible for operating the eject mechanism. The motor will look like a shiny cylinder, about the diameter of a quarter and will have a plastic pulley attched to the shaft. You can rotate the pulley and belt with your fingers and manually eject the tape. If the tape is around the spindles and video head, you will need to manually move the mechansim that retracts the spindles and returns the tape to the cartridge. While you may be successful in getting the tape out, you need to find out what caused the problem in the first place. Putting in another tape will most like become stuck again unless the problem is identified and resolved. Also look for a broken spring or cracked gear (missing teeth) in the eject mechanism. Please let me know if I can be of further assistance Good luck! - Jim

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SOURCE: Error code E4

Hi, The error E4 means Reel Lock Detection.
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Hi m_jlisk,

This is a stuck up problem and or the tape head is already have a dust/any foreign object build up. Once the head didn't read the tape it will automatically eject it. This unit needs for general cleaning (mechanical and the tape head). I would advice you to send it to your local repair shop. It would not cost you much since this is not a very serious problem.

Hope I helped you.

Have a nice day!

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Posted on Mar 09, 2011

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SOURCE: I have an HS-U550 VCR.

The cause is often damage to the loading carriage or to the main drive system of the deck. This should be visible to the eye. However the drive system damage can throw out the mode switch, which tells the electronics what "mode" IE: play, fast forward etc the mechanical section is in. If this is the case the mode switch would have to set up after the fault is cleared. These are nearly impossible to do without the manual. However it's only a possibility that the mode is off at the moment, it's more likly to be the carriage that has a fault on it.

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