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VCR started eating tapes.

I have a Mitsubishi HS-U560. It's kind of old, but it has worked like a champ and I've never had ANY problem with it until now.

When I insert a tape the mechanism feeds the tape around all the capstans, but the Take-up reel doesn't pull in the slack. (I can see this because I took off the top cover to watch it while the tape loads.) When I hit play, the extra tape near the between the read head and the cassette begins to grow. Also, neither rewind nor fwd work.

Any hints? Is a motor out, or a gear out of alignment?

Thanks,
--Buddy

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  • schalley Jan 30, 2008

    Addendum:



    Still have no solution. Does anyone know a trick to getting the mechanism to "think" there is a tape inserted so that I can observe whether the main REW and FWD spindles are being engaged?



    Thanks!

  • schalley Jan 30, 2008

    Hi Jim,



    Thank you VERY much for taking the time to offer your suggestions to try!! I'll try the easy one first (#1 solution), though even the cleaning tape hangs up the same way.



    There doesn't seem to be any torque getting to the sending and pick up spindles. So I suspect a problem with either the drive mechanism between the motor and the send/pick-up spindlesl; or maybe event he motor itself.



    I'm pretty good at taking things apart and utting them together again... (though I usually find the "trick" to taking something apart as I go). From what I have seen in this VCR, Mitsubishi did a pretty good job of making assembly/disassembly fairly simple... but I haven't tried taking the whole mechanical assembly apart yet! Any idea where I might be able to get a service manual fort his machine? (Mits. HS_U560).



    Thanks again!

    --Buddy

  • rachandy Aug 13, 2008

    Wondering if a cause was found for this problem. I have the same exact thing. Seems all works except the tape spindles not turning. I am down under the bottom cover now and still cannot see what drives those spindles. There is a white pulley about 2 1/4 in. dia. under the center of the spindles but has no belt. There is a black tar like substance in the pulley groove?

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When a VCR eats a tape, it can be cause by a couple things.

1. There is a rubber wheel called a "pincher wheel" that compresses the tape against the "capstan". The capstan is a shiny metal spindle connected to a motor. The pincher wheel can become worn and/or dirty (slick) from the oxide coating off of the tape. You can try cleaning the pincher wheel and capstan with alcohol or try using a re-grip solution on the pincher wheel. Last thing to do is replace the pincher wheel. Look to see that the pincher wheel is doing its job by pulling the tape through.

2. There is a small tire wheel called an idler tire. This tire pivots between the sending and pickup reels of the player. Its also used during fast forward & rewind as well as play. If the tire is worn, the tape won't be wound up as fast on the take-up reel as the sending reel during play. This means more tape is coming out of the cassette than can be wound up on the takeup reel. You can try using a re-grip solution on the idler tire or replace it.

Let me know if you need more information as to where to purchase these parts.
Yes - There are cassettes available that are made out of clear plastic that allow you see what's happening. You can also trick the player into thinking there is a tape. There are sensors (mechanical & infrared sensors) that you can bypass.

Good luck!
- Jim

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