Hitachi M-171 VCR Turns on, but won't operate, tape inside,
I recently got a free Hitachi M-171 VCR. When testing was working ok, It took the tape in, blew a fuse and shut down. I put a new fuse in it. It powers on but does not do anything. Tape is still inside. Please help!
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Unplug the power supply for thirty seconds and plug back in, this will reset the processor and might eject the tape. If this fails the next step is remove the top of the combo unit this will give access to the vcr tape, if the tape is spewed in the machine and wrapped around the video head and other mechanical parts use scissors to cut the tape and carefully removing the particles, press power to eject the tape for normal operation. However! if the vcr tape is okay, there may be a loading problem, broken drive belt, bad idler assembly to name a few, this is where a technician will be needed but may not justify cost.
most likely a mechanical issue , look inside for anything laying inside the VCR section.
a piece of a label or a toy etc. if all looks well it could be a bad sensor , bad (dirty)mode switch
or sinply a jammed gear or arm.
a good way to check the VCR section is to turn the loading motor and see that it moves correctly
hope this helps
Sounds as if something got bent in the loading mechanism when you freed the stuck tape. Careful examination of the loading operation with the cover off may reveal the problem, but you may require a service shop, as there are hazardous voltages present inside, even when switched off.
I have dealt with many VCR's and would like to ask you a few questions before diagnostics.
How exactly did you get the tape out of the machine ?
There are several tape threading gears involved, and if you accidentally made one of them skip a few teeth while forcing the tape deck up the "position" switch will send erroneus signals to the tape threading position switch/ controller.
Was the tape rolled around the capstan/pinch roller ?
Did you have to force the tape loading tray up to extract the tape ?
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