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I have a broken VHS tape. I have threaded it to the spool but have the spring and clutch parts out of place. I need a photo of the correct configuration so I can put the spring and clutch back in place correctly.

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  • catsigh Feb 22, 2008

    Instead I just took the video tape reels and moved them into another case. Somewhere along the line a small spring was lost so I couldn't repair that one. Then I converted the tape to DVD.

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Go to the 99 cent store and buy another one. Take it apart and note location.

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