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Magnavox #MWR20V6 DVD Recorder/4head HI FI Stereo VCR

The VCR will only operates for a few minutes and then shuts down.

I would appreciate any help you can give me

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VCR problem... replace the idler.

IDLER - symptoms:

  1. Eats tapes. Capstan pulls tape off the supply reel but the takeup side can't reel it in.
  2. Won't rewind, sometimes intermittent.
  3. Shuts off sometimes.
  4. In early failure stages, while playing, the take-up reel inside the cassette may behave erratically.
  5. When you press stop, the guide rollers retract without pulling in the tape.

THE PROBLEM - worn idler. Older VCRs have an idler that uses a rubber tire. Over the years, a slow chemical reaction occurs on the surface of the tire. This process results in a glazed surface, causing loss of traction. With a dummie cartridge you can see that the idler does engage the reel table, but if you grab the reel table with your hand, you find there is little or no torque. Without traction, the tire only slips against the reel table. If you push the idler into the reel table with your finger, it will work, but only as long as you keep your finger on it. Often all you need to do is replace the tire.

The tire can be easily removed. It's not glued or permanently fastened in any way. A small flatblade screw driver is a big help in removing the old one. In fact, you can turn it inside out and remount it that way. But since there are no treads on the inside wall and the fact the rubber has a lot of years of deterioration on it, you will be lucky to get a few months out of it. But at least you can still use your VCR in the meantime.

Newer VCRs have a gear instead of a tire. Although gears are much more reliable they still have problems. Usually becoming warped or loosing tension. The plastic retaining cap over the spring sometimes cracks. Without sufficient tension, the idler tends to get caught between the reels. This can be easily seen if you have a dummie cartridge. Gear driven idlers are one piece, so replacement involves the entire idler

hope you have grasped what is said here.

thanks for using fixya

Posted on Mar 25, 2008

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    earl norman llanera Mar 25, 2008

    follow up! Always be careful when DIY ok.



    as an added bonus, here is a link for you to further understand what is going on with your VCR. please have the time to read.



    here is the link.





    http://www.fixer.com/osm/top-15a.php

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Looks like an over heating problem.. This unit is known to have overheat problems and when this happens the protection circuit will turn off the player.. As maklean has suggested have the protection circuit to be inspected by a qualified tech..

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It's Power supply must be inspected by an authorized tech.

Posted on Mar 25, 2008

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