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Tape "was" stuck and now it's worse

I came to visit my folks who own this VCR type/brand... to find my sister had had a 'stuck' video tape. Rather than remove the cover, she poked and pulled the tape out... however... the main tape carriage does not reset, it keeps trying to start then powers down and the main carriage does not reset to 'load' position but grinds the gear track before it can make the turn forward. I took off the cover and face plate but had no success at getting the main carriage assembly to properly track/reset. Wondered if there is a default position or way to re-adjust the gear assembly.

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What may have happened is, that in the process of forced removal, gear timing has been fouled up, assuming the cassette carriage is gear driven. Proper gear positioning is critical, and if it is off by one or more teeth, it won't load the tape properly. Often, there are marks or pointers on the gears which must be lined up, in a particular mode, as specified in manufacturer service literature. If there are gear teeth broken, or cracked gears, then they must be replaced. Servicing in such a case is questionable, as VCRs of the past 10+ years are poorly made, prone to break, disposable. Early units, like back in the '80s, were much higher quality, especially mechanically. Unless this is a high $$ rig, you will probably be better off trashing it, and purchasing something else.

Posted on May 25, 2007

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I have a vhs tape stuck in vcr of an emerson tv/vcr combo. How do I remove it??


Hello, Kelly -

If you wish to try to remove the video tape yourself:

1. Unplug the machine from the electrical outlet and unattach the wiring/cable from the TV and any other electrical units (like a cable or satellite dish receiver.)

2. Unscrew the screws attaching the unit top to the rest of the machine. Note: There will probably be printing on the tape player combo warning about opening the player.

3. Remove the top. You will probably see the stuck video tape in the machine and may be able to carefully pry the tape cartridge out. Note: The video tape may be mangled in the rollers through which the tape runs. You may up ending damaging the video tape and/or the tape cartridge.

If you choose not to try to get the tape cartridge out yourself, find a TV repair business near where you reside, take the player there an let an authorized repair person extract the stuck tape cartridge and pay the repair price.

Note: Years ago, when I made my home "toddler proof" for a visit from my niece and her toddler son, after they left, I found I could not insert a video tape into my player. After taking the player to a repair service and paying the fee, the person at the business handed me my player and a plastic electric outlet cover which my grand nephew must have pulled out of an electrical outlet and stuck into the opening for the tape cartridge. After that, whenever I encountered problems with the video player, I took it upon myself to open the unit up. :)

Best wishes.

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I GOT THE TAPE OUT, BUT THE ARMS WILL NOT RETRACT?


The mechanism of a VCR is very complex. The incorrect removal of a tape will not only have caused the tape arms to be out of sequence, but also caused the electronics to be confused. Inside the VCR is a device called the Mode Switch. This tells the electronics which position the VCR is in. This Switch rotates with every movement of the VCR. When parts of the VCR mechanism are moved out of sequence to the rest, the mode switch will be in the wrong position. So the VCR electronics might think it's in the eject mode when parts of the mechanism are still in play mode.
If the mechanism was working normally the arms would have been retracted as soon as the VCR was powered up. So it's now out of sequence. Pushing a tape into the holder might cause the mechanism to reset, but I suspect that what will happen is that the VCR will either show a fault code or just power off. It does that to prevent the motors causing any damage when it gets stuck.
The only way to solve this problem is to have the mechanism set up in the correct way. This can only be done if you have performed the operation on several VCR's of the same type or have the service manual. The reason you need the manual is because it tells you how the different cogs, wheels and the mode switch need to be positioned. They often have holes are marks on them to aid in the set up. To make matters worse VCR's are rarely set up in the eject mode. Without knowledge of how to set up the video or the manual you will never get it to work properly.
One further thing you will need to check that the removal didn't damage any plastic parts. Plus clean the tape head and any surface that the tape touches.

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