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If a tape "hung" up and it won't accept one you have a loading issue.
The unit may use a belt to drive the tray or a geared mechanism.
In any case someone needs to open the unit up to "see" what is happening. Most of these a tape can be inserted with power off and manually cycled into the unit to see the issue---we usually use a old cassette with the tape inside removed to avoid issues.
If you cannot do that consider looking for a shop who will (some no longer work on this type of equipment.)
The chances are that the person who supplied it to you gave you a Phillips remote for another VCR. Many makers remotes will work parts of a different model of the same firm, but only the true remote will operate ALL functions.
If you have the user manual check to see if it list the part number of the remote. If you don't have it look around the net for Philips VR630 remote. See if it matches yours. If it doesn't you will have to replace it.
From your description it appears you may have dirty heads. Either try a video head cleaner tape or better still , remove the casing & using either a proper head cleaning tool & an appropriate head cleaner fluid (isopropal alcohol) very gently wipe the heads, Do Not put too much pressure or rub too hard as this will damage the heads. If this does not cure the problem then new heads will be required.
Your VR 354 is possibly the whole of the tape path needing cleaned especially the pinch roller (black round roller on the right hand side) this might be worn & again needing replaced
Be sure that whoever is replacing the elevator assembly ( transport module ) is putting in a NEW part and not an old part that is still works.
I would start doing this repair yourself... there are only:
2 cables: one that powers the cassette load\unload motor
and the other is the tape sensors cable
once you pull the cover
they are very small phillips head screws: you NEED a very good, long, small Magnetic tip screwdriver.
Tthere is a manual screw drive near the loader \ unloader motor: it has a Red plastic phillips head drive screw.
This manually moves the Loader assy in and out: you will need to move it to uncover the two screws that are near the front of the machine.
when you find these screws: its a good idea to mark them with a red Sharpie, for easy finding next time..
If the machine is getting heavy use, then 5 months may not be that bad, if the machine is babied should last alot longer.
either way you can get a handle on the situation and save youself some money by bringing this particular service 'In House'
I did this fix last week on this unit.
it took me 15 minutes.
If even the sound aside from the video is not reproduced on the TV, then your description "connect" indicates that the TV is not set to receive the audio/video signals from the VCR. Initially, pls try:
set the TV to Channel 3 (or 4); or
set the TV to A/V, Video 1 or Aux 1.
Additionally, you need to confirm how the VCR is hooked to the TV unit, bu a single coaxial cable or 3 cables with RCA connectors (yellow, red & white).
Hope this be of initial help/idea. Pls post back how things turned up or should you need additional information.Good luck and kind regards. Thank you for using FixYa.
Hi, All I get is a blue screen. It does accept the tape, and I do get normal audio from the tape.
I believe that I do get the words "play" "fast", etc..., displayed on the t.v. screen So I guess you could say there is that for a video signal - otherwise I would just get a static screen - I just get no video signal from the tape.
Not sure what kind of soda (i.e. coke, pepsi, etc).
Thanks again, Frank
Is it ejecting the tape when you set up for timed record, or any record mode for that matter? If so, check for the presence of the record lockout tab in the tape. If tab is there, machine should accept it. If machine ejects tape with the tab present, then the sensor which detects tab present or absent is probably afoul. this sensor is often a small switch.
This tab, by the way, is on the backside of the tape, on the left, looking at the tape from the back.
Just a thought : check if the head isn't blocked ! It should rotate
freely (without any friction).
I had more or less the same phenomenon (my VCR wouldn't accept any
tapes and nothing was activated if I "pushed " a tape in).
The reason was here that the VCR wasn't used for a long time (a few
months), but it was plugged in all the time (heated up the interior).
As a result the head was a-kind-of-blocked. Nothing serious, since I
rotated the head manually my VCR works fine.