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You need to purchase a VHS head cleaner or clean the heads and pinch rollers by hand. remove cover and lid to drive system. you will see all the tape guides, rollers and heads. use Q-tips and denatured alcohol and clean every thing the tape touches. swap q-tips as they get dirty.
It sounds like the machine needs a thoro cleaning especially around the guide pins and tape head. Also make sure that the tape is not being excessively tensioned in the cassette housing. If it happens on more than 1 tape then thoro cleaning of the transport mechanism in the machine is required. You may need to run a cleaning cycle more than once or get it to a repair shop to do it for you. If it happens on all tapes then it is possible that one of the guides has become worn or bent, or the drive mechanism is at fault or the drive belt has become stretched and will need replacing.
There are different reasons that a VCR could start eating
tapes. It could that it just needs a good cleaning or it could have a mechanical
problem you will really need to have it checked out by a service center to determine
why. If you have small children I would check it for signs of “peanut butter sandwiches. J
Sounds very much like you have a either a dirty laser, or a laser unit failure. Put a cleaning disc through the machine, and see if it improves. If not, then you need to either have a new laser fitted, or a new machine.
Hi Sorry but you may need some repairman to look at the machine.There could be a problem with the transport, winding around head, pinch rollers dirty,belts gone bad and other faults-electronic components gone bad.Take an estimate from the repairman and see if worth to repair the machine. Did you try another tape?How old is it ? Hope this helps jay