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Sony slv975hf Hi! I have a sony slv975hf that will load in a tape and then spit it out. This only happens with a few tapes which by the way load into other machines with no problem. 98 % of tapes work fine on this machine so do we have a cassett problem or a machine problem? Also on this machine I have a front flap door where the controls no longer work. Maybe you can help me with this problem also. Thanks, Bob

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Re: Sony slv975hf

Tape drive mechanisms all work using friction drives - whether by belt or by clutch. This allows for a little slip in the drive mechanism to brevent breakage. As the VCR ages the friction will of course tend to loosen until it starts having trouble like you describe. Not all cassettes are exactly the same and the tighter ones have trouble first. It needs a belt job.
Also, some of these Sonys have a defect in the capstan motor shaft sleeve that was molded a little off square and the motor will start to drag on the mounting plate eventually.
And be sure and lube the tape loading arm by the audio head.
Hope ya fix it!

Posted on Jan 12, 2008

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