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Rca vcr will not take tape

Vcr will not take tape

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  • greenewood2 Feb 07, 2010

    I plug in the vcr. When I press the on button nothing happens. The place where the clock should be flashes dashes. I try to put the tape in and it will not take it.

  • DaveMc3
    DaveMc3 May 11, 2010

    What is a VCR?

    Just kidding. I need more information.

    In GREAT detail, what happens. Start from "I turn the VCR on"

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Thanks for the info! . If you can not set the time using buttons, and it does not respond to the menus via the remote control, and the display flashes dashes, it sounds like your microprocessor (controller) chip has gone bad, and the power-on boot is failing, so nothing happens. . Your VCR is very dead. . It blew a single transistor in a very bad place. . Slipping or broken belts are fixable, broken processors are not. Some other broken parts are fixable, but not many. VCRs were made to be repaired in the old days, but not for long. There is a Johnson VCR repair down the street from me, he keeps old dead ones for parts, so he can fix most anything (people often give him their VCRs for free once they hear what it will cost to fix it). Repairs start at about $250, so I just buy a new one when one of mine fails (I have about 4 of them, 2 of which are dead, and I have fixed two of them). . Note - parts from one model can rarely be used in another model, so a repair shop can only replace parts using parts from other broken machines. The spinny video head is the exception to that rule, and some of the switches too. . VCR repair parts are usually available for 2-3 years, so if it is a recent purchase, you may be able to get it fixed, but VCR parts are a bit like car parts in that the individual parts would cost way more than the VCR cost, without including labor fees to put them together. . If you just bought it, return it. . If you have a warranty, use that (if you want to pay their fees for S&H and there may be an additional fee).

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The brain in a VCR has a little switch assembly that senses what position all the mechanical stuff its in. Apparently, the mech is out of whack which is why it won't let you play. This is a common problem and any VCR shop should be able to repair it.

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hello. it's sound's like that the idler cam wheel that turn's the tape has a problem. it could be that .the wheel if made of rubber is slipping. or it has a belt on the bottem of it that is ***** out. check those two thing's .and let mre know if it has a rubber wheel .? or teeath that turn a gear. and if the belt on the bottem of it is not tight on the two wheel's on the bottem of it. let me know.ok "good luck"

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