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Panasonic VHS VCR Playback mode Tape Stuttering between LP and SP

Hi,I have about a 5 year old Panasonic VHS VCR.During playblack the screen will alternatingly produce an image and then go entirely blue .Is this a feature called "VIDEO MUTE"?During this time when it is trying to play the tape the tape speed indicator will rapidly alternate between LP and SP :back and forth,back and forth.I cannot get a tape to play any longer.

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This is most because the control head may be dirty, this haed picks up the pulses from the tape to regulate the speed & tracking if this is off it can produce both the faults you describe. Also it is possible the pinch roller (black roller on the right hand side of the deck mechanism, sits just in front of the control head), this may be worn especially as the machine is five years old, this will cause the tape to guided off alignment.

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