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PV-V4020 is "eating" tapes. I don't have a cleaner tape or compressed air. How can I manually clean the inside of the VCR and/or what may be causing the machine to eat the tapes? Please help!

The VCR hasn't been used in a few years. What can I check to see what may be causing the problem?

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The problem is that the "idler" assemby has gotten slippery. This is either a rubber tire or perhaps a gear that is driven by a belt inside the machine. In either case, this is a simple repair and is common as machines age. This should be a $75 repair including parts. The pinch roller (rubber cylinder) is what pulls the tape across the heads in a steady fashion and has no role in keeping the tape inside the cassette. This is handled by the idler assembly and works for FF/REW and PLAY. Also, a cleaning tape will clean the heads but not effect the pinch roller.

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