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940HF TAPE LOADS BUT JUST FLICKERING IMAGE ON SCREEN AT START OF PLAY MODE. LIFTING THE TOP COVER. OBSERVING THE TWO SLIDING MECHANISMS WHICH DRAW THE TAPE AROUND THE HEAD. THE SPINDLE, AND ARM ON THE RIGHT IS LOOSER THAN THE LEFT. IT MOVES FORWARD, NOT FAR ENOUGH. PUTTING A SLIGHT PRESSURE ON IT, AND IT ENGAGES, PLAYING THE TAPE. ALSO THERE IS AN ARM WITH A FELT TYPE PAD WHEEL ON IT THAT WILL ENGAGE THE CENTER OF THE TAPE HEAD. WHAT IS THIS FOR?

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If the rt guide arm is not moving fully forward, just put a couple of drops of white grease on the mechanism.

The arm with the felt pad is the autu-head cleaner pad. after a year or 2 of use, it will be more a menace than a good useful cleaner, as it will add the accumulated dirt on to the head, instead of cleaning. Just remove it.

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