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Tape deck turns on, operation sounds & looks NORMAL- yet won't function

My VERY LOW hrs. tape deck won't play, rewind, FF at any time. It doesn't look broken, or sound like ANYTHING is wrong, when one turns it on.
It worked PERFECTLY when I got it from a family friend for about 2 months. It had been sitting in a closet for over 10 yrs. This unit is VERY showroom condition, It powers ON/OFF just fine..........I'm at a complete loss as to what it could be, besides the 'Bands' that make the little nipple-looking spindles--pull the audio-tape over the surface of the head. But I can't see them, and am not qualified to begin disassembling my Nakamichi in anyway.......

Thanks,
Bob

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  • Anonymous Aug 10, 2008

    the tape plays sometimes but most often it doesn't .
    will not rewind or fastforward either.


  • flh66 Jan 31, 2009

    Pioneer CT-W404R Double deck . Deck 1 ,play deck works fine . Deck 2 , Play/Record doesnot work at all . Belts are good . Can turn motor with my finger.

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Belts are prone to harden over time, like 10 years. The belt probably broke.

If you don't feel comfortable removing the housing yourself, take it to a repair shop.

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