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VCR eats my tapes

Machine grabs tapes and have to break the tape to remove it.

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  • bushing clot Jun 26, 2008

    Is there a fairly easy solution or do I junk it.

  • bushing clot Jun 27, 2008

    When I get a chance I'll give it a try if I can get the cover off.
    Many thanks.

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You may just need to clean the pinch roller assembly, or it may need replacing. depending on the model number there are repalcement pinch rollers and other parts available.

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