Hi. I was fast forwarding the tape in a VCR-DVD combo. When I noticed that it went beyond the point where I needed it to be, I then without stopping the tape just pressed the rewind button. Now the tape is stuck in the VCR. Do you know if this is a mechanical problem and what I can do? Thanks
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Re: VCR tape stuck
Yes, it is a mechanical problem. While the tape is in fast forward the gears are engaged and locked to provide drive to the spindel on the right, however when you press the rewind button without hitting stop, the gears try to engage the spindel on the left without stoping and reversing (changing rotational positioning), this causes the motor to stop (this emulates a tape jam)the tope is left in and the unload mechanism never spools the tape back in because the motor has stopped. To free the tape, what I do is open up the unit and find the main motor check to see if the belt has slipped, if it has not try to manually spin the motor to engage the unload mechanism and eject the tape.
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If the eject mechanism is belt driven, check to see that the belt not slipping or off the pulley. If gear driven check to see if the motor that powers the eject cycle is receiving power when called for.
Good news and bad news: A simple head cleaning and demagnetization will solve this problem normally. The bad news is that unless you have a wet head cleaning cassette (a new blank VHS will usually do the same thing as a head demagnetizer so you don't need one of those) from over a decade ago, you're going to have a tough time trying to find one. Radio Shack possibly?
Beyond that, though, the best way to clean a VCR's heads, capstans and rollers is to physically open them and use rubbing alcohol and a cotton ball. Obviously the 's kind of impossible to do for the consumer with a TV/VCR combo.
There should be a rewind button on the front of the main unit (usually indicated by either REW or 2 arrows pointing to the left), this should be next to the fast forward (again indicated by either F-FWD or 2 arrows pointing to the right) as well as PLAY and STOP - for the VCR. The only thing you would need the remote for is to set the clock and/or perform setup for the DVD player as well as timer recording. Try a universal remote which will make fast forward, play, stop, record (to VHS) and rewind easier.
Try removing the top cover & have a look to see what happens when you put the tape in & press play/rewind etc. Is the take up spool (right hand spool) turning properly or is there slack tape not being taken into the cassette? Are the heads spinning ? I think your problem is more likely to do with the tape not travelling smoothly around the tape path. Possibly the clutch gears need cleaned or the soft brakes may not be dis-engaging properly.
I had this happen once and all I did to correct it was to fast forward it just slightly or manually wind it past the leader strip (the clear or white part at the beginning). To do it manually, there is a small hole you must insert a toothpick (or something else as small) to push the pin in and then advance it with your finger while holding the pin in. Hope this helps.
I think the problem with the tapes stopping is that there is too much tension on the tape. Try another VCR and try to see if you have the same problem playing the tape. Forward and reverse through the part that causes the player to stop. It is also possible that the tape inside the vcr has become twisted or stuck. One can fix this if they are very careful opening the video tape. However, I would not recommend this for most people
this combo unit as far as i know has only one power source which is in the vcr unit. if the vcr has a problem it affects the tv likewise. i beleive u did removed the tape, but unfortunately you misaligned the mechanism of the vcr which will in turn sense an error causing the automatic shuts off of the vcr and likewise the tv. u need to bring it to a qualified service technician if u dont know anything about this.