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VCR eats tapes

I have a VCR that I do not want to trash. I have lots of childrens tapes I want to be able to see. Is it cost effective to have this repaired?

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    I have the same problem its a Panasonic pv-8661

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Please supply the make and model number as each one will have replacement parts unique to the model and cost differing amounts of $$. Also, what is the specific problem that the unit is having?
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Dan

Posted on Jun 03, 2008

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2. There is a small tire wheel called an idler tire. This tire pivots between the sending and pickup reels of the player. Its also used during fast forward & rewind as well as play. If the tire is worn, the tape won't be wound up as fast on the take-up reel as the sending reel during play. This means more tape is coming out of the cassette than can be wound up on the takeup reel. You can try using a re-grip solution on the idler tire or replace it.

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