Question about Philips Televison & Video
This refurbished vcr has less than 2000 hours recording but was manufactured in August 1999. I purchased it a few months ago online and It was working perfectly up until a few days ago. It will now record on 8 hour speed for approximately twenty minutes. Then it shuts down and ejects the tape. When recording on 8 hour recording speed, the take up reel of the cassette is moving erratically and almost comes to a stop. On 3 hour recording speed, the take up reel moves smoothly. Error message is 4934. Have tried different tapes, new and old, with same result. Any help appreciated.
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I have repaired many VCRs and still have my Philip time lapse VCR, most VCR issues are from moving parts that require maintainance after so many hours. Cleaning the surfaces (rubber,other) will help the vcr operate smoother. . but the two main problems are with the mode switch needing to be cleaned, it is connected to the main gear and tells the VCRs computer what postion gears are in, taking it apart to clean it is very tricky and the switch has to be put back in the correct timing spot. So either attempt a good cleaning with some alchohol or take the VCR in to get it checked at a reputable shop.
Posted on Aug 15, 2009
The idler wheel has become a little slippery. This is a plastic wheel with a rubber tire. The rubber has dried up a bit and no longer has enough grip to keep the tape tight on the takeup side. The unit has safety sensors built in to detect whether or not the takeup side is moving and will eject the tape when no movement is detected. This is done to prevent the tape from accumulating inside the unit. This is a simple repair for any shop that works on VCRs. A good cleaning and replacement of the rubber components should restore this to factory fresh. The issue is related to the heat generated inside the unit and the over all elapsed time not the actual usage hours. You should expect this type of maintnance to be required every 5-8 years of age.
The parts cost for this should not exceed $20.
Posted on Aug 11, 2009
Thanks, looking forward to the photos.
Posted on Aug 11, 2009
Please check Idler that drives take up reel in playback mode, if Idler has rubber Tyre, please clean it with alcohol.
Take reel should run smoothly in playback / recording mode on what ever speed is selected.
If it is possible, post a picture of VCR mechanism for easy understanding.
Posted on Aug 10, 2009
It seems quite clear that the drive belt has stretched and is slipping.
Posted on Aug 10, 2009
I am stumped on this one, so I dug hard to find the solution to this problem for you on the Philips web site, but unfortunately found that support for this item is no longer available on line. You may have to go to the source regarding your Philip's VCR, model VRT245AT. You can go directly to Philp's with this problem by clicking on their official web site link below and entering your information to send to them.
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Posted on Aug 09, 2009
Sound like the motor drive is going out, On slow speed recording 8 hours causing the motor drive speed to be faulty. On high speed motor tend to work lot smoother. replacing motor drive should solve the problems. being 1999 I couldn't tell you if parts available as the motor drive it self. I believe yo have to buy the whole cassette drive assembly and pretty costly. Your local electronic repair shop will be able to tell you if parts available and the cost to fix it.
Posted on Aug 08, 2009
Unfortunately there is not much you can do for this particular problem because the drive motor is becoming weak, the drive motor must be replaced, this is less difficult than one would think however locating and purchasing a drive motor is not so easy, you may find one on ebay
Posted on Aug 07, 2009
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
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