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I have a VCR that will not completely unload the tape before eject. posts retract fully but unit does not spool up excess tape.

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Hello, the most common failure part for these type of tape problems is the clutch assembly. This is the part assembled in the middle of the two reels usually contected to the capstan motor by a belt, the other common problem is the clutch belt itself, both items are common and not very expensive depending on the availability of parts. If you are able to locate a model number for the VCR you might want to check out this website: wwwpartstore.com.

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