I have a Toshiba M655 VCR which plays back OK. But, on some tapes, it immediately shuts down. I watched with the lid off it it looks like the take-up reel on the bad tapes has trouble turning. The tape starts to back up by the capstan and then it shuts down. Sometimes, if I hit PLAY a second time it will work OK.
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Re: Some tapes will start and immediately shut down
The vcr is on threshold of belt life. try replacing (or cleaning with alcohol) the take-up reel belt. The vcr has a built-in time-out feature to protect the video tape. if it takes too long for things to happen, shut-down occurs.
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look to see if tape will fully load and if FF or REWIND work, if not a transport problem, drive mechanism not moving the tape, unit will sense this and shut unit off----even a problem in the loading mechanism for the VHS tape not loading the tape all the way will do the same thing.
If the problem is the vcr section you load a tape and it shuts down, it probably is the idler assembly that is not transporting tape correctly. I recommend a vcr/tv tech to check the unit with an estimate.
there is a detector inside the machine the makes sure the tape is actually moving from the payoff reel to the takeup real .. if it detects that isnt happening then it shuts down rather than spool tons of tape all over the inside of the machine .. if more than one tape is doing the same thing then your vcr needs service ...often the problem is a rubber wheel that loses traction .. it can be replace or cleaned but dont use alcohol .. that will remove the elastomer in the rubber wheel .. you can use just water or special solvent made for cleaning idler wheels ... even if the unit is new its likely to have been in stock for a long time .. the surface of the wheel can oxidize or sometimes the wheels get hard with age ... if its just surface contamination, you can use a pencil eraser to clean it .. this involves taking the bottom of the player off to get at the wheel ... if the unit is still in warranty then i would return it .. often professional repairs are more than the VCR costs new ..