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Re: Need a real trouble shooter
The take up reels on these are weak. I take them apart and stretch the spring. the left side of the cassette housing can become bent down fairly easy. you should be able to gently bent it back up. the reel table is on the right side looking down into the mechanism, may also need cleaning.
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Bit difficult without knowing the model number and maker. But will try in general terms only to help.
A couple of causes come to mind. First there is some form of damage to the carriage that the tape fits in. Or something is inside the unit that should not be there. Applies especially if there are young people in your home!
Secondly a device called the mode switch has gone faulty. This tells the electronics what position the mechanism is in. If it is out of place due to some damage it can stay in eject mode. Some of them can get dirt in the works so giving a wrong reading.
The best thing you can do is remove the top cover and look at the carriage and mechanism carefully. It's generally the plastic parts that break causing trouble the most. Very easy to spot. If you can see anything like that it will need to be replaced.
You might try flipping the adapter over the other way. If that doesn't work, you might want to try putting a cleaning tape in and clean the cassette heads. The tape player will sometimes eject a tape if it cannot read it very well. It assumes that the tape is damaged. Dirt on your heads can cause it to eject your adapter because it is having trouble reading the signal from the adapter.
This often points to rubber drive rollers that have glazed surfaces.
If possible, remove the housing and watch the mechanism while you try to eject the cartridge.
You should be able to spot the trouble area.
You can also then use gentle pressure on an exposed area of the tape cartridge to extract the tape.
If you can, use lighter fluid (naptha) and cotton swabs to scrub the offending rollers.
Keep waaay clear of the tape head (round drum), getting anything (even finger oils) on this can wrap tape around it for yards/meters.
If you "helped" the tape out in any way, that action most likely caused more damage. When a qualified technician sees an item before "customer induced damage" their job is easier and no "unusual" parts are broken which puts them in a good frame of mind and translates into a repair that you can be happy about. However, if only the "eject" button was used to get the tape out, this is a fairly common symptom and worth taking to an experienced professional.