When I play my VHS tapes in my Zenith VRB420, the TV only shows picture when being fast forward or rewound. Does this mean my video head needs cleaning? I can get audio when played normally, but not picture. I just get fuzzy lines, and I tried doing tracking, and the auto-tracking feature is not kicking in. How do I fix this?
Mine has sound and barely a picture. It's very staticy and I have tried different brands of tapes. It was worming earlier today and I did not change the channel, imput, ore cables at all. What is wrong with it, how do I fix it and will it be costly? Heeelp
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tapes themselves sometimes get tight. also...a weak belt could cause this. I have sometimes taken tapes apart and rewound them by hand, but tapping the tape fast and gently can loosen them but you'll have to open the tape protective cover or the reels wont turn
ok , lets start with MOISTURE where VCR located ,what happen is that moisture can cause the tape to catch on the polished surface of the drum head , some instances will play,but the tape stops stretching it and damage occurs. SECOND check for a defective idler tire that prevent the take up reel from spinning. also check for any drive belts ( look like black rubber bands ) that might be stretched with time ,replace with new ones .hope this info helps
I work at the History Channel and have a VHS that had the same troubles. I need it desperately for the show I am working on. I tapped it on a table fast forwarded it and presto! Tape fixed, crisis averted. Thank you, Thank you, thank you.
The idler wheel (that only drives the tape in play or scan modes) is
slipping too much (very common problem). Try verify this by
putting the tape in play then immediately press the fast fwd or rewind
buttons to scan the tape. On older machines, the idlers used
rubber friction tires - on newer ones, a clutch. Either replace
the tire or increase the spring tension on the clutch.
Hope Ya Fix It.