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Stuck tape in vhs/tv combo

I have a vhs tape stuck in the vcr of my tv/vcr combo. How do i get it out

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Re: stuck tape in vhs/tv combo

Unplug the TVCR, take the cover off, find the motor (probably on the right side of the mechanism) and turn its shaft with your fingers until you have run the tape back out. Now plug it back in and try it again with a scarificial tape. If it continues to fail, replace all the rubber belts in the mechanism.
Hope ya fix it!

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