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Loads tape then stops - won't play rewind fast

Loads tape then stops - won't play, rewind, fast forward or eject. I have to unplug then plug in and hit eject to get tape out. tried several tapes.

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  • hamcomm Nov 19, 2009

    cleaned the pinch roller - it works!!!!

    Thanks so much - wow

  • Philip Frye
    Philip Frye May 11, 2010

    You have an issue with the tape path that's will need cleaning or repair. One of two things. 1) Pinch roller 'pulls tape from your cartridge' is so shinny full of tape derbies/particles that it won't pull the tape anymore. 2) a part of the tape path mechanism is bent, broken or missing. 'Hear any noise when you shake the unit?' but it will need to go into a servicer for repair. Great news Sony still carries parts for these units. Blessings, Phil Frye A/V Guy

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Way to go. Usually if you use anisotropic Alcohol with a few Q-tips works well I've found.
Try cleaning the other tap path items like the capstan that the pinch roller get's pushed up to also with this Alcohol. The cleaner the better the tape goes through. Much better picture.
Blessings,
A/V Media Guy

Posted on Nov 19, 2009

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