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I have a TEAC reel to reel stereo tape deck, Model X-3. The capstan shaft won't turn. Consequently, the tapes won't move. Any suggestions?

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That's a rarity but easily fixed. Before pulling anything apart spray some penetrating oil (WD-40) or similar into a small container. Then with a cotton bud soak the tip in the penetrating oil and apply it to the base of the capstan where the bearing is. Allow this to sit for a few hours and even repeat it if it looks to have soaked the oil up. NOW, with the power lead out of the wall socket remove the top cover of the deck. You will have to remove a few knobs and mode switches too. Now see if you can rotate the capstan flywheel by hand. It might take a bit of pressure to get it to turn but once it does keep going until it starts to rotate freely.

By the way, check that the capstan drive belt is in one piece and not slipping first.

If it's running freely then reassemble the cover and other pieces tyhen put a few drops of light oil on the capstan bearing (sewing machine oil is ideal) Do this because penetrating oil will dry out after a while. That should fix it.

I'm assuming you know exactly how to thread the tape through the machine. Don't forget to position the stop lever on the upper side of the tape otherwise nothing will operate. If you are unsure about that write back and I will elaborate.

Posted on Apr 24, 2010

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    Sam Palermo Mar 05, 2013

    Those who use WD40 for an oil are clearly not knowing what they are doing with tape decks. WD40 is mostly Kerosene and will evaporate in a short time leaving the bearing in worse shape than when it started. It is better to use a synthetic oil or that which is obtained at a service supply sales place like MCM Electronics. You can even use sewing machine oil. DO NOT USE WD40 on any tape deck.

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If bearing is frozen due to lack of lubrication as recommended from the manufacturer at every 1000 hours then the Capstan and bearing should be taken apart, released by an oil like Magic Marvel that is obtained at the Auto supply. RThen cleaned with a little alcohol and cotton swab and then a good machine oil, or sewing machine oil placed in the bearing, the shaft inserted and worked front to back for distribution and then the working part of the capstan cleaned off. The flywheel and capstan shaft should then spin pretty freely at this point- the lesson is don't let capstan bearing go dry.
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