I put a tape into my Emerson Model EWV401 VCR and not only didn't it play, I can't eject it. When I turn the power on it runs for a few seconds and then shuts down. I've shut off the power to it temporarily with no effect.
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There is something wrong with the tape running. It will be due to the mechanism itsef. Chang all the belts of the mechanism. The belts can be get in kit form, in most of the electronic spare part shops at your town, just give them the molde number of your VCR. They will give it to you the belt kit. OK.
It sounds as though it's jammed. If you're mechanically inclined you can unplug the unit, take the cover off, and manually eject it. Just look for the motor that drives the load basket and manually spin the shaft. The guide-posts should retract towards the tape and the basket will then lift and eject. Just be aware that whatever bit of tape that's out of the cassette won't spool back in. You will have to do that bu hand once it's out.
When you're done, plug it back in and let it cycle then put an old cheap tape in and see if it works. If not, take it in for repair.
It sounds like the tape is jammed in the vcr, remove the top cover of the machine this will expose the tape. If the tape is spewed in the mechanical section and around the video head, get a pair of scissors and start cutting the tape and carefully remove all tape particles, when all tape debris has been removed, plug in vcr turn on and eject. If the tape looks good, you may have a loading basket problem, bad idler ***. or broken drive belt. "Lets hope for the best"
It might be the mode switch. This tells the computer chip what position the VCR is in. It can go out of phase due to dirt (Just spray the Mode Switch with Servisol video 40 to cure that). Or it can go out of phase due to a mechanical fault. IE: some plastic part has broken etc. The mode switch itself can wear out.
If cleaning doesn't work, or you discover a fault, the mode switch may be then out of position. Setting it up right will almost certainly require a manual. As they very often need to be set up when the VCR is a position which nine times out of ten is not the eject mode!
When the tape has been removed the carriage deck will still be in the wrong position. The cassette tray has to be aligned so that the timing of the tape will detect that there is a tape in the machine. At the moment your VCR thinks there is a tape still in it because the cassette tray is not in the full eject position. This can be fixed by a service technician.
I had the same problem with mine turning off after 3-5 seconds. After much research I found a suggestion that on some combo units the vcr part could have a power supply cutout if it is not working correctly. I tried to insert a tape and found that the tape mechanism would not accept a tape. I used a little bit of force and managed to insert a tape. I then played the tape forwards and backwards and the power stayed on! I ejected the tape and found the TV then worked just fine. The power has now been on for over one hour. I hope this give you another avenue to try and fix your problem.
depending on th einternal design of the vcr. look for the loading/unloading mech, by finding the blak rubber belt that is looped from the motor to a pully. now turn it one way. it may thak 25 to 50 complete rotations of the belt. try turning both ways, one will load & 1 will unlaod.