Hello, the VCR on my television will not accept any tapes I insert into it and makes a horrible, loud clicking noise before ejecting the tape again. The tapes go in kind of crooked. What's going on? :(
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If a tape "hung" up and it won't accept one you have a loading issue.
The unit may use a belt to drive the tray or a geared mechanism.
In any case someone needs to open the unit up to "see" what is happening. Most of these a tape can be inserted with power off and manually cycled into the unit to see the issue---we usually use a old cassette with the tape inside removed to avoid issues.
If you cannot do that consider looking for a shop who will (some no longer work on this type of equipment.)
The belts in the VCR mechanism should be replaced. They are loose and elongatee. Due to this, proper loading of casette won't take place. If so, the video casette will not load properly, willl stop at its middle, will cause a short for the secondary supply; and finally will shut down the TV, and that is happens now with your device now. The inserted casette wont come out. You ahve to open the system, and take the casette out manually by turning the mechanism. If you have enough knoledge you can do it by yoursef. If not get it repaired by any experienced service technician. Never switch ON and OFF this set at this condition. It will make mor faults to get in with power supply system. OK.
I had this happen once and all I did to correct it was to fast forward it just slightly or manually wind it past the leader strip (the clear or white part at the beginning). To do it manually, there is a small hole you must insert a toothpick (or something else as small) to push the pin in and then advance it with your finger while holding the pin in. Hope this helps.
You may have an idler gear wheel which has been damaged- perhaps broken/worn gear teeth or something afoul in it's drive mechanisms. Check this idler which sits down in between the supply and take-up spindles. You should be able to see this with no tape loaded.
This idler should also move freely from supply to takeup- if it is sticky in movement this could be the problem.
If your idler is broken, you may be able to replace it. Check with a service center- or a parts supplier. MCM electronics is one such supplier- there are others.
Hard to say what is wrong but have seen a lot of problems with the mode switch in these models.the mode switch tells the mechanisim what mode it should be in and the contacts can tarnish and mech cannot figure out which state it is in.