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My JVC Video recorder.

I cannot record or play back due to interferrence on screen. The counter does not turn and after about 12 seconds of playback I get interferrence on the screen and have to FF as its the only way toclear it. I have used a video head tape cleaner but to no avail. Please help as I would be lost without my vcr. thanks. Sue.

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Re: My JVC Video recorder.

Probably just needs a good cleaning. The video head is a very tiny thing and takes very little contamination (like dust) to clog it up. If it sits around in humid air then drys out and hardens, it won't come off with those cassette cleaners.
Here is how to do a good cleaning. Unscrew and take off the VCR cover. See the 2 (maybe 4) little windows on the outside of the cylinder head? (round metal thing on a tilt that spins) Those are the video heads and are very easily clogged with contamination causing loss of video. Take a piece of leather the size of a postage stamp, wet it with a little alcohol and just hold it on the side of the cylinder head while you spin the cylinder gently with the other hand to GENTLY wash these heads. Don't move the leather at all - especially up and down as the heads will easily break off. Let them dry for a minute and try to watch a tape. May need to do this several times to get a good picture. Can squirt alcohol directly on the heads and really soak them if needed. Last resort is to use something really strong like acetone, but beware this will also melt any plastic parts it touches.
Hope Ya Fix it!

Posted on Jan 18, 2008

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