It does sound like a bad idler indeed. You did not inculde the model number so I can't tell you if this VCR uses a tire idler or a gear. If you're handy you can probably change it yourself. I have tons of VCR parts left over and if you have the model number I can tell you if I have the idler.
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Re: Vcr doesnt want to turn casettes
Most likely, the idler wheel is slipping too much. That is the
device right under the middle of the cassette that flops back and forth
depending on which direction the winding is to go. If it is the
type with a little rubber belt on it then that needs to be replaced or
if it is a clutch type, either replace the clutch or many times I put a
drop of something viscous in the clutch to tighten it up.
This is the most common type of VCR problem and usually happens after about 5 years.
Could also be a broken capstan belt. Take the mech out an look underneath.
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When the mechanism is damaged the VCR will attempt to play and then shut itself down to prevent any further damage. If you remove the top cover and look around inside you will probably find the cause of the failure.
Check if the fast forward button is more inside than the rest of the buttons. May be its stuck in the ff position. After all they were just micro switches below the plastic buttons strip. The specific ff micro switch may be stuck, if I were you I would try some switch cleaning spray to loosen it. But be prepared that the control ic is busted.
Have someone look inside---if tape is not loading all the way against the video heads or tape does not move in play-rewind-FF then there is a problem with the transport mechanism which is what performs these functions.
Sounds like the guideposts need realignment to center the tracking or something got bent in the tape jam removal, check the tape path!. Also could try a take apart cleaning of the head with a piece of paper and some alcohol.
There is a circuit within the VCR called an RF Converter. This is the circuit that converts the audio and video signals into the RF channel 3 or 4. It sounds like the vidoe is not being processed or the video is not being sent to the converter. Without tracing the video inside the VCR, I can't tell which is the problem here. You can try to play the tape in "review" mode (hit play then FF) and see if you get any video signal. If you do, then there is a possibility that the heads are clogged and need to be cleaned.
Your VCR has input to record video-audio signal. Here is 2 options to record program in vcr.
1= You need to hook up video-audio cable at Monitor Out in TV and video-audio in at VCR. select Line-1 or Line-2 (where you hook up cable) in vcr and insert cassette with Record Tab intact, VCR is ready to record TV program. select desired channel on tv and hit record button of vcr, recording will start.
2= Plug RF antenna / cable wire in RF In of vcr and tune desired channel in vcr (get help of vcr's user manual for that) and push record button to start record directly in vcr.
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You can try cleaning it with a VCR tape cleaner to see if the pinch roller have build up on there. It could be that the motor isnt feeding the tape up against the recording heads properly and may need an adjustment. If you can take the top cover off, you should be to see what the problem is by the way the tape is being inserted into the machine.
On some TV's the screen will go blue if there is not a strong, solid video signal present. This is to prevent the showing of very snowy or all snow channels, or garbled, mixed-up external video signals. This is normal. On some VCR's the video signal changes when the FF or REW search feature is used, and this could trigger the TV to go to blue screen. The only way around this if you can enter the TV's menu and turn off the blue screen feature.