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Playback During playback my vcr just shuts itself off after about 10 seconds. Then when I turn it back on it ejects the tape.

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Re: Playback

Just the usual problem of needing the rubber belts replaced.
The VCR's has a sensor that monitors if the take up reel is turning. If it doesn't turn for a few seconds then it shuts down. The most common problem is the idler tire (or clutch) starts slipping too much abd the take up reel doesn't have the strength to pull the tape back into the cassette.
Buy a kit of belts for your model from all kinds of sites on the net and install them yourself if you are handy with delicate mechanisms.
Hope ya fix it!

Posted on Jan 15, 2008

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When a tape won't eject, the problem can be caused by several things. The most common problem is that the belt that operates the eject mechanism is slipping and not allowing it to eject the tape. This can be fixed by either using a re-grip solution on the belt or have the belt replaced. Another possibility is that the tape is caught aroung the spindle guides that pull the tape around the video head. If the tape is caught in the spindles, this will affect playback performance. The heads could be dirty too. Another possibility for poor playback is a slipping idler wheel. The idler wheel is a rubber tire that pivits between the tape sending and pickup reels. It's a key part during playback, fast forward & rewind. The idler tire can also be treated with a re-grip solution or be replaced. Belts are inexpensive but sometimes difficult to get to. Most of the repair expense will be in the labor.

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