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Re: cassette gets entangled, and does not play well
Cassette tape machines will occasional require maintenance after a certain period of usage. First open the cassette door and remove the tape and any broken tape remaining inside. Some models allow you to remove the cassette door allowing you to have better access to clean the unit. Next you will need to clean the capstan with alcohol and a Q-tip. The capstan is the metal post which the rubber wheel (pinch roller) pushes against to drive the tape across the tape head. Basically clean all the shiny metal parts including the tape head. Some of the tape residue may be difficult to clean, I use Tricloroetilene which has been regulated by the government, but you may try a product called Goof Off to clean the difficult parts, but it could eat the plastic and rubber parts so be careful. Next use a rubber cleaner on the pinch roller so you do not dry the rubber out, or it will become useless. The other problem is the cassette may be driven by a motor and belts. The belts may need to be replaced and the pulleys cleaned. For this you will need to disassemble the unit to access the belts but the cleaning of the pinch roller and capstan may fix your problem, if not you need to open it up to replace the main belt.
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You don't state the model, so we are running blind here. It should be fairly obvious. For the CD press the CD button. Then press the door button and put the CD on the tray. Then press play or the door button again. If the CD player works it should play the music. Same with the cassette. Drop the cassette into the holder, push it back in place then press play.
If you can't reassemble your cassette player, my beast advice, don't spend good money repairing it. You should consider the option of removing it completely and install an MP3 player. Cassette tecnology is outdated. The quality of cassette recordnings never have been good, the "hissing" is always present, even in some of the best quality recordings (well, just fine for casual listening while driving a car), the ribbons entangle - sometimes I had to remove it in pieces form my old player in my late car etc... Finally, I don't believe anyone can give you instructions how to reassemble a device without even having idea about make, model and the damage it has. If you really want to repair ir, you should find a repair service to do it.
There are lots of causes to this. For example the mechanism has jammed. The tape has become entangled in the capstan or elsewhere. Plastic damage causing the mechanism to not move back to the eject position. Some decks have a powered eject that is faulty. Broken spring, or one that has fell off.
Possible that the agitator or the drum is out of alignment or damaged. You need to take a closer look at the drum and agitator play to confirm that the clothes are getting entangled on them to tear off. If so the bearings or the damage on the drum must be rectified.
The fault is that the reel drive of the deck is not picking up the tape and so to avoid the tape to entangle it rejects. Try to load a different cassete and see it this loads. If not you have a bad belt in your set. you will need to remove and change the belt. Also check for the reel drive to see if there is any slackness in taking up the reel. Since there are reel sensors that act when the reel pulse does not come on rotation of the reel, the set shifts to the other side and then ejects. Open and check this out and I am sure you can sort this out. Good day
This sounds like a dirty or sticky pinch roller - use a commercial cassette head cleaner - or ear but with a alcohol cleaner -
If the capston is not rolling the cassette forward this my be due to a broken belt - or may have just jumped off - power down the product and disconnet from the mains - then open it up - normaly the front come away undo the mounting screws from around the cassette mechanism normaly around 4 and carefuly look at the back there should normaly be 2 rubber band one to the capston and 1 to the pich roller the belt that may be broken is the smaller of the too. most cassette deck use the same size belt