My Zenith VRE4222C VCR tape player keeps ejecting the tape. I have tried to look inside to see if something is amiss, but it looks okay to me. This just started yesterday and has been working fine up to now.
Can you suggest what I should do ?
Happened to me last nite wi 2 old tapes - the end of the tape came off the right wheel when it rewound - that was the cause - look up how to fix tapes by taking the casette apart - only thing I cant find is a picture of how the tape will feed between the heads inside he case since i suspect the tape will have fully rewound
Hi Nancy 1 does the vcr display ERR message on front try a different tape if only to trouble shoot if this works the first tape got the tension buggerd sometimes this happens when the tape rewinds too tight. 2 unplug vcr give a little tilt sound loose or rattle inside? its probably a hot wheels car you'll have to disassemble start off remove shroud slowly i hope you've unplugged it already remember how it goes back together don't bump or touch the heads those are the silver round things @ front of the tape port if you bump these no movie tonight. don't touch the little cylinder things on the board either they can zap you remove obstruction reasemble watch a vid!! now that you have taken apart you're vcr please keep in mind never take apart a television set or microwave ect...... even unplugged they store enough electricity to kill a person. good luck hope this helps. Jm.
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ELECTRO MED SERVICES is partially correct with his answer but I'm pretty sure it's not going to be that complicated. First unplug the unit remove the cover and use 90% isopropal alcohol on a cotton swab or q-tip and clean off all of the metal pins that stick up and ride against the tape while it plays, then clean off the big rubber roller that pinches the tape to pull the tape at the correct speed. this is where most often the problem lies. the tape will get sticky and will bind up slightly. Then a there's a sensor on the left side that puts tension on the tape, if that sensor feels the tape is being pulled to hard and has no slack it will shut the player down and eject the tape. Another thing try another tape, that tape may have some hard rolling hubs or spindles. You can also try fast forwarding the tape to the end and then rewind it to make sure its not just rewound with something rubbing inside the tape case it's self. Sometimes the tape case will get deformed over years and it will rub on the tape spools inside and it will cause that sensor to trip when the tape starts to become hard to pull through the player. Also you can clean the big silver head but be careful no make sure you leave no residue on it. look at it with a magnifiying glass to make sure it's cleaned and free of any residue. 1 last thing that happens also is the automatic tape head cleaner will act up and cause problems, you can easily just remove that from the player and see if thats the culprit.
You can check tape player for any type of object lodged in it. Maybe unplug and turn upside down to here anything inside. Or even any broken tape that come off inside. The only other thing is that the belts inside are worn and will not put device back in play mode.
may be machnical stuck in playback mode. remove the cover and see the loading arms are near the video head , if not try to release the arm rotating caption wheel smmothly . don't push more force to rotate the wheel.
I think that there is something wrong with the tape you are using. The locking mechanizm is stuck and when the VCR can't turn the reels it will eject the tape. I'm assuming that you didn't try other tapes to see if it acts the same. You can unstick the locking mechanizm by putting a pencil or something like it in the 1/4" hole between the reels on the back side of the tape. Just try pushing down on that brake release. This has worked for me. Good luck.