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VCR tape won't eject

The tape will play but will not eject. I have removed top of VCR but can't figure out what to do next to make the tape eject. When I push eject the tape appears to get re-looped on the playing rollers. When I push the power off, the tape re-establishes itself in the tape case, but will not eject - the back flap on the plastic VHS tape box still stays up (open). Help!!!! before my husband gets home and sees this all apart!

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The flap on the door stays open until the tape is ejected. There are two possible ways to remove the tape. First, with the power off, try to locate the drive pulley or gear on the side of the tape housing. It may be possible to turn it with your finger and cause the tape to eject. The eject mechanism will move VERY slowly when you use this technique.

The second way to do it should normally be done by an experienced technician, because it involves taking it even farther apart...and it may be difficult to reassemble. There are typically four screws that hold the tape mechanism in place...two near the top front and two near the back. It should be possible to remove those screws and pull the entire mechanism out of the VCR. Then you can more easily rotate the eject pulley (or gear) and remove the tape. If this sounds a little scary, I would definitely recommend placing the top back on and acting like nothing happened!

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You should take the bottom off and you will see a gear with a belt around it try to turn it the same direction as when it is turned off, do not force it but it may need a little force to move the wheel.

Posted on Mar 17, 2008

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