The door was not opening to get tape out and then finally did on one side. Tape will not play just a grunting noise. I can see inside tape opening. Mechanism is sliding back and forth. I cannot play tapes. Any suggestions. I have never used this tape componet. CD is fine. Is it worth fixing?
I had the same problem and fixed it. It's simple: Open the case by removing the 6 screw on the outline back of the system and the 2 black ones on each sides. For me, it was the right tape who were problematic, so I started the player to see what gear was turning badly. The problem is: that gear don't have enough power to complete his action, so give it an additional (but not to much) power with your hand to complete his action and the system must succeed the action and stop running.
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Re: tape deck not working
Possibly a slipping rubber belt in the tape unit drive is not gripping enough to complete an action and so is just stopping everything from happening until it completes that action. You might try GENTLY helping the belt complete its action.
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These dual cassette decks were throw away units in most cases. The belt inside and the grease in the cam mechanism is in bad shape and the deck can not cycle through the steps it need to so as to reach stop. Only stop mode will allow the door block to release. The tape can safely be extracted by a Technician. The deck need work. Dual cassette decks are not always worn the repair cost.
Hi what has happened is when you pressed play the tape head that reads the tape has come up as normal this locks the door as you cant open it when its playing but instead of the tape head releasing and going back down into start possition it has become jammed in the tape itself. You have two options turn off at mains and give it a gentle bang a couple of times this might free the tape and let the head go back to start possition its upto you how hard you tap it but doing this usually works and will allow you to get the tape out failing this then its going to be a case of stripping it down till you can get access to the tape head and be able to free it from the tape allowing door to open let me know how you get on ok and if you need further assistance
Loose belts and lack of lubrication. Dual cassette decks are built to minimum standards so that it does not take much to push them over the edge to be non-functional. It is almost like they should provide a tape deck repair course with these types of units as it is most certain that you are going to need it. They want you to throw it away and buy another one. This is where the throw away economy started.
Some tape decks are belt-drive. If the belt is worn, it will either break or jump the cog and you will experience these kinds of problems. That's what happened with my Sony ES deck recently and I couldn't even eject the tape until I got the belt replaced.
It sounds like the drive belts on the deck have broken (not allowing playing, FF or REW) and/or the tape got "eaten" meaning the tape itself has wound itself around the rollers and cannot free itself. I strongly doubt this is an electrical issue. Definately sounds mechanical.
As far as the door not opening, there's usually a hook that holds the door closed. If the unit is mostly disassembled, look near one of the sides of the door for a metal hook. It's normally spring loaded and can be moved manually. That should free the door. If your tape was eaten, it might take some gentle persuasion to unwrap it from the rollers.
All Aiwas are prone to this problem. The doors are a real pain and easily give up the ghost. I have 2, both probmatic in this direction. I have spoken to others about this problem. Seems no easy fix. Have you in your case, tried leaving and old tape in the tape part of your unit . The noise you hear, usually starts when tape unit area doors are about to pack a wobbly. Unless under warrenty, proberly, not worth getting fixed. It seems something gets weak in the activation part and get a mind of its own. Very common after about 3 yrs of ownership. All the best: jamz
As you know cassette decks have been around along time, and as such they are fairly robust.
The vast majority of the time, problems like you are describing are the result of a broken drive belt, or bad capstan motor. This is not true for all, but if you have favorite tapes you wish to play, you need the deck fixed, and if the problem is drive belt or motor, the repair normally should not be hugely expensive.
Hope this helps, good luck!