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Sony VCR Belt Replacement

How do I replace the belt on my Sony SLV-N51 VCR, and where do I find a replacement belt? I've taken off the top and front of the case, but I can't see where the belt goes. Please help.

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  • csratcliff Jan 27, 2008

    Thanks for your response. Sony wanted to charge me over $40 to repair or replace my VCR, and the only local person I could find thus far who repairs VCRs wanted to charge me a $10 diagnostic fee that would go toward whatever was needed to repair the machine, which after much coaxing, he would only guess could cost between $30 and $60. So, in the end, I just bought myself a used VCR in good condition through craigslist.com. Not too bad, but I still have a broken VCR that otherwise was a very fine machine. If I find a local repair service that will fix it for under $30, I might still consider doing so.

  • Claude Booth
    Claude Booth May 11, 2010

    There are more than one belts in a VCR you have the idler belt, the elevator belt, the idler itself which is a rubber tire. I suggest you either get a repair manual or take this to a pro. The belts are easy to get Sony sells them as well as most small electronics stores. most people fixing VCR's now are hungry for work and with DVD players at low prices and VCR's at even lower prices won't gouge you.

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My experience in replacing the drive belt - the most common problem in VCRs - is that if it is a Consumer model it is a horrible task.

The whole mechanism needs to be removed, to replace a $3.00 part. Turn around time about 2 hours - with much cursing.

With the Indistrial models, turn it over and remove the small panel, replace with the $3.00 part. Turn around about 30 minutes - no problem.

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