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EWC19T2 My tv vcr dvd eats the tapes, the rest of the things work fine...

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  • EMMANUEL DERONVIL Feb 07, 2008

    JUMBO UNIVERSAL REMOTE EMERSON VCR/DVD/TV COMOB. PLEASE SEND MORE INFORMATION.

  • paddywagon Jul 23, 2008

    My Panasonic/VCR combo ate a tape, and won't give it up. It this repairable? The television still works fine.

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Sound like the VCR needs to be serviced, could be anything from a bad clutch or belt to a messed up pinch roller

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I've been having lots of problems with the vcr "eating" tapes. Have had it in the shop twice, works for a little while then happens again. Any suggestions?


There are several things that could be causing this. One is the environment. Humidity and dust can cause this as well as cooking or anything that causes a smoke environment. Another thing is the unit might be having premature wear on some of the parts. I would suggest getting your tapes transferred to dvd soon.

Mar 13, 2014 | Symphonic WF-719 19 in. TV/VCR/DVD Combo

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My VCR eats tapes after a few minutes.. does it just need to be cleaned?


Sorry,no the VCR mechanical systems pully is out wax.Not worth fixing because the VCR technology it in the past or probabally have no more parts for analonge tv or produced by the tv manufacture anymore.If u vaule ur VHS tapes,just don't used the VHS tapes in this machine.

May 13, 2011 | Emerson EWC19T3 19 in. TV/VCR/DVD Combo

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On a tv/dvd/vcr combo the vcr is eating tapes after running a cleaning tape - any thoughts?


Good news and bad news: A simple head cleaning and demagnetization will solve this problem normally. The bad news is that unless you have a wet head cleaning cassette (a new blank VHS will usually do the same thing as a head demagnetizer so you don't need one of those) from over a decade ago, you're going to have a tough time trying to find one. Radio Shack possibly?
Beyond that, though, the best way to clean a VCR's heads, capstans and rollers is to physically open them and use rubbing alcohol and a cotton ball. Obviously the 's kind of impossible to do for the consumer with a TV/VCR combo.

Apr 23, 2011 | Philips Magnavox 20MC4304 20 in....

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Vcr is eating the tapes


THE VCR NEEDS REPAIRING.THE REASON WHY YOUR TAPE IS EATEN THE TAPE PATH NEEDS RE- ALIGHNMENT AND LUBICATED AS THE HEAT FROM THE TV WOULD OF DRIED THIS OUT.

May 02, 2010 | Orion FTDV2004 20 in. TV/VCR/DVD Combo

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Magnavox TV/DVD/VCR combo keeps turning off


So after calling a tv repair guy and listening to him tell me about how it is probably something to do with the transistor and it will cost me about 150 dollars to fix ( which I could buy a new tv for that price since it is only a 19 inch) I decided to look online at this issue of turning off after 5-10 seconds. I read about it being an issue with the VCR sensor, so I don't know about it being some LED that you have to replace because I just messed around with a VHS and moving the little white bar thingy on the right just inside the door for the VHS around a bit, and Voila it started working right again. I think maybe my son tripped something by sticking things in there and whatever I touched fixed it. So my advice is to just stick a VHS in and take it back out a few times and play with a few things inside and to the right. It didn't take long for it to work for me.

Jul 23, 2009 | Philips Magnavox 20MC4304 20 in....

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Vcr eating tapes


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.

Good luck!
- Jim

Feb 12, 2008 | Philips Magnavox 20MC4304 20 in....

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Stays on for 5 seconds, thinks it has a DVD or VHS tape in


I am afraid the set has a bad or broken tape transport, or better known as a bad tape carriage.

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