Question about Panasonic PV-V4021 S-VHS VCR

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Re: Model PV-4523S

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.
Thanks,
M.

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  • mscandura200 Jul 29, 2008

    Thanks for your help. I did used a VCR tape cleaner just last

    week. I wouldn't want to do that now because the VRC would

    "eat" that tape too. I would not take the top cover off as I'd leave that to a pro. If it is a motor problem it may be more worthwhile

    to buy a new vcr as it could be expensive to fix. Do you happen to know if that particular model is still available? I really like

    this VCR...so easy to use and the performance was excellent

    Thanks,

    M

  • mscandura200 Jul 29, 2008

    I immediately checked Ebay saw similar models but I don't

    want a used VCR and that's all I saw. I'll check other sites

    and stores maybe the same or a similar one will turn up

    somewhere. In the meantime I'll have this one repaired

    and start using a high grade tape and have the VCR

    professionally cleaned. I was told that the store bought

    VCR cleaners can somehow damage the heads and

    pinch rollers so that's not good. What I don't understand

    is that how can it work fine one day and not the next??

    Thanks,

    M

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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.

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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.

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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.

Posted on Jul 29, 2008

  • Tim Babcock
    Tim Babcock Jul 29, 2008

    I don't see too many S-vhs format ones out there. You might want to check on Ebay and see if that particular model is for sale on there.

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