Question about Panasonic PV-V4021 S-VHS VCR
This Panasonic vcr was bought a few years ago and was working
perfectly until just a few days ago. I set the timer to record and
when I came home I ejected the tape and some of the tape pulled
out. I was able to remove the tape. I unplugged the vcr for a while
and then tried to record again and everything was fine. A few days
later the vcr is "eating" tapes again and not even recording.
Please tell me how this problem can be resolved.
You have a problem with your "idler" , your belts or your "pinch roller". All VCR's get hot. Heat dries out the components I mentioned. (They are all rubber). Your pinch roller pulls the tape through the machine as it plays, The belts wind the tape into the cassette. The Idler helps rewind and fast fwd the tape.
Posted on Sep 28, 2008
The problem is that the "idler" assemby has gotten slippery. This is either a rubber tire or perhaps a gear that is driven by a belt inside the machine. In either case, this is a simple repair and is common as machines age. This should be a $75 repair including parts. The pinch roller (rubber cylinder) is what pulls the tape across the heads in a steady fashion and has no role in keeping the tape inside the cassette. This is handled by the idler assembly and works for FF/REW and PLAY. Also, a cleaning tape will clean the heads but not effect the pinch roller.
Posted on Jul 30, 2008
You can try cleaning it with a VCR tape cleaner to see if the pinch roller have build up on there. It could be that the motor isnt feeding the tape up against the recording heads properly and may need an adjustment. If you can take the top cover off, you should be to see what the problem is by the way the tape is being inserted into the machine.
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
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