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Is it possible to get a pic of the tape transport system showing orientation of cog teeth on wheels which have come out of correct positioning? Thank you for any assistance, JT.

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The service manual should have a procedure for aligning the gearing, BUT a lot of times they don't. Almost always, you can figure it out as they put little tiny arrows or marks molded into the gears showing which teeth line up. This usually is done in in the eject position.
If you succeed here, you can regard yourself as "mechanically inclined".
Hope Ya Fix It.

Posted on Jan 11, 2008

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