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All functions work well EXCEPT the tape drive spindles do not have sufficient power to play cassette tapes forward or in rewind. I have no technical service bulletin to guide me how to repair. I don't what is used to drive the spindles but seems like the drive "cable" (belt) has lost its tension and needs replacement. Can anyone help? Thanks.

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You answered your own question, you need to replace the belt, some will probably suggest to soak it in some magic potion but believe me it won't work... I've even tried some RUBBER RENEW solutions from M.G. Chemicals at 20$ a bottle, the new belt is cheaper... bring the belt to a GOOD OLD local electronic repair shop they probably have one in stock and don't pay more than 1$ (don't be afraid to negotiate... they are stuck with it and you need it), it's best for them to have 1$ in the cash register than a old belt collecting dust in the back store HA!... or look for one in a defective or unused tape player it might fit... even in some old unused VCR...

GOOD LUCK!

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