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Dead, plug in, powers up, goes dead

I found my 1980 dead several weeks ago with a tape inside. I unplugged it and plugged it back in, for about 5 seconds, it sounds like it is powering up normally. The power light comes on, then the unit goes dead again. I removed cover, managed to carefully remove the tape. Figured I'd have to repair it. Put the cover back on and it began working normally. Tonight, it is doing the same thing again. Any suggestions?

Thanks, George
george.grow@gmail.com

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This is the typical way that drive belt problem occur. The mechanism needs some slip to accomodate the changing reel speeds as the tape plays, but if it slips too much, the reels don't move at all, the processor thinks there is a problem and turns off.
Time for a belt job.

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