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Tape gets stuck

Vcr tape won't come out. It gets "eaten."

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Hi there,

It sounds as though the tape player mechanism isn't working correctly. Either the machine's tape heads are't engaging fully, but usually this is a result of the drive belts becoming worn and not turning one of the tape reel's at the same speed as the other. Culminating in a difference so one reel will run faster than the other, this can cause bunching of the tape as it goes through the tape heads jamming it up. The VCR will need to be inspected by a technician for repair or replacement of the drive belts.

Hope this helps,


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