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VCR shuts off after tape is inserted. I tried a head cleaner. Did not help. What more can I try?

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Hi,

find the motor and belt that controls the loading of the tape.
put the vcr on its side and put the tape in watch closely on the pulley mechanism. try and give that pulley wheel a few more turns in the same direction the motors trying to turn it after it stops. sounds like the tapes not sitting all the way down. if you can get it to play then you need a belt there if not continue to watch all the operations hopefully eventually you will see why it wont go.

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the end-of-tape optical sensor is at fault. either it is very dirty, has failed or something else is detecting end of tape. many VCR's now will auto-eject the tape upon end of tape detect

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What you're describing is common when the center LED has failed / gone out. If you're really good at taking a unit like this apart and putting it back together - and not too bad with a solder stick you could attempt this one yourself... It is a pretty intensive repair but not difficult for a good shop just time consuming. The part isn't too expensive either, just an infared LED... In fact, we've run a bit short on stock once in awhile and bought one of the off the shelf versions from Radio Shack which worked just fine. Good Luck Bill

Posted on Jun 12, 2007

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your heads motor ( drum ) cable may have have come loose or is dirty - since the cleaning tape made some difference the heads were dirty or almost worn out ( cleaner tape is abrasive ) so now there isn ' t enough signal ; if your date and time display worked only in play ? ( still works for camera record video ) your guides were out of alignment - and the cleaning tape took your guides even further out of alignment ( alignment here starts at $ 50 + shipping )

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Use a Sony head cleaning tape they work perfectly and you let them run there 10 second corse. Then your sharp will run perfectly...

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SOURCE: VCR continually tries to eject the tape after it is inserted

If you have cleaned the head with a good head cleaner and you are still having a problem...the belt is probably worn. A good head clean should fix the problem.

Posted on Mar 19, 2009

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