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Teac a1500U reel-to-reel

How do you get a new belt on the drive wheel and capstan wheel once you've opened the deck without completely dismantling the unit? There's gotta be a way without removing the heads, for crying out loud!

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SOURCE: How to change belt in teac x1000r reel to reel tape deck

If you are not familiar with such work, I don't recommend trying to install belt(s). Replacing belts may involve disassembly of mechanism parts and critical adjustments to follow. Take to a pro/tech

Posted on Apr 23, 2008

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SOURCE: TEAC X1000R Stereo Tape Desk (reel to reel)

usually its a capstan drive belt. $10-18 for the belt & 30mins repair time - you'll be up &brunnin b4 you know it

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You can but try! However either make a drawing of how the thing fits together or better still take pictures if you have a digital camera. Then you will know how it fitted together.

Posted on Mar 23, 2009

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That's a rarity but easily fixed. Before pulling anything apart spray some penetrating oil (WD-40) or similar into a small container. Then with a cotton bud soak the tip in the penetrating oil and apply it to the base of the capstan where the bearing is. Allow this to sit for a few hours and even repeat it if it looks to have soaked the oil up. NOW, with the power lead out of the wall socket remove the top cover of the deck. You will have to remove a few knobs and mode switches too. Now see if you can rotate the capstan flywheel by hand. It might take a bit of pressure to get it to turn but once it does keep going until it starts to rotate freely.

By the way, check that the capstan drive belt is in one piece and not slipping first.

If it's running freely then reassemble the cover and other pieces tyhen put a few drops of light oil on the capstan bearing (sewing machine oil is ideal) Do this because penetrating oil will dry out after a while. That should fix it.

I'm assuming you know exactly how to thread the tape through the machine. Don't forget to position the stop lever on the upper side of the tape otherwise nothing will operate. If you are unsure about that write back and I will elaborate.

Posted on Apr 24, 2010

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Replade the capstan belt you can buy it @

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SOURCE: I need a capstan drive

Just measure the diameter in MM and put the result into google with the words 'cassette drive belt'. Belts are not maker specfic.

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