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Tape damage can occur anywhere in the VCR. If the edge of the tape is crinkled, then the cause is a worn capstain roller. Bad chewing is often caused by the tape not being pulled back inside the tape before being ejected, which has a wide range of causes.
Without more detail, we can't help with anymore than just general comments.

Posted on Sep 15, 2010

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    Demonic-2011 Feb 24, 2011

    There are many factors as to how or why a tape gets damaged in VCRs. The most likely cause would be a glazed pinch roller - once these wear down, they become shiny - causing the tape to 'ride' either up or down the capstan shaft during operation. Cleaning these is NOT a viable option; they MUST be replaced, and this is easy enough to do with the recent models. Once you replace the roller, you must clean up the tape path - including take up levers, loading arms, reel tables, the heads (the erase head/CTL and drum cylinder - do these carefully), capstan shaft and both guide posts. More information would have been helpful though as to the exact problem.

  • Demonic-2011
    Demonic-2011 Feb 24, 2011

    As the worn roller causes the tape riding - up or down, the tape becomes snagged on the edges of the exit guide - which is where some of the chewing comes from, since this guide is nearer the pinch roller and capstan. Guide post units in VCRs consist of a small nylon roller which rotates over a metal bearing (the tops of both guides are adjustable but you should not need to touch that part) - hence the term 'guide roller' - these seldom fail as they are not made of rubber.

  • DMAllen Oct 21, 2012

    Do these comments hold true for Betamax machines? Where can I find guidance on fixing a Betamax machine?

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