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Tape Problem When I insert a tape and hit play, the tape starts to play but stops after about 5 seconds. When I eject the tape and pull it from the machine, a long lead of tape follows and the tape is stuck around a part inside the machine. I have to manually unhook the tape from inside the machine to free it. The tape is not flowing as it normally has for years. The is the first problem I have ever had with this machine. I've had it for about 4-5 years. Has a part or a belt break inside and can I possibly fix it my self. With the price of combo DVD/VCR machines these days, it may not be worth spending the money fixing it. It has been a great VCR. Please advise.

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  • machacek Jun 28, 2008

    My RCA VKT VCR has similar problem. When pressing EJECT, the cassette starts to come out, but the tape remains caught inside, and attempts to free it damage it. It is an old machine, but perfect for dubbing. My primary VCR is a Mitsubishi HS-U430, and works fine.

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When a VCR eats a tape, it can be cause by a couple things.

1. There is a rubber wheel called a "pincher wheel" that compresses the tape against the "capstan". The capstan is a shiny metal spindle connected to a motor. The pincher wheel can become worn and/or dirty (slick) from the oxide coating off of the tape. You can try cleaning the pincher wheel and capstan with alcohol or try using a re-grip solution on the pincher wheel. Last thing to do is replace the pincher wheel. Look to see that the pincher wheel is doing its job by pulling the tape through. The pincher wheel & capstan are not used during a fast forward or fast rewind, so if your tape is getting caught during the FF or RW and not Play, it's probably not related to capstan & pincher wheel.

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.

3. There's also a brake pad that is designed to grab and stop the tape wheels from spinning when you hit stop. If those pads are worn, the wheels will not stop fast enough and the tape will continue to feed (spool) out of the cassette and not be taken up by the other wheel.

So when when you hit eject, the excess tape that should have been wound up tight in the cassette before the eject sequence, is getting caught inside the player.

Let me know if I can be of further assistance to you.

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