I recently acquired a Realistic RTC - 7 Tape Deck. I bought a belt kit from Vintage Electronics, which includes 2 belts. I took the old, melted belt off of the deck a while ago and don't remember how the belt should go on. I've tried to contact vintage and others with ideas on how to route or replace the belt, but no luck. HELP!!!
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. Remove top lid (4 screws on the side) 2. remove the back plastic mount on the mechanics (2 pink long screws on the top). The bottom are two plastic hook lock. The mount pulls back and the belt and pulleys are exposed. NOTE: It is the mount you are removing, not the tape deck itself.
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where do you live and what are your local electronics distributors? this is where you get your parts and for your first question if your determined to try to repair your unit than might i suggest a methodical deconstruction and reconstruction. tape transport units are complicated and you better be prepared, components include clutch assembly's housed under gear plates and timed by position censors. it is not as easy as just replacing a belt
I hear ya. I worked on many of these vintage machines back in the day. Sadly, nobody fixes things these days, they just buy new. I would give a call to Euclid Radio Parts in Mentor, Ohio. They "used to" carry things like belt-kits and individual belts. You might try the internet with search term "tape recorder belts" to see but that's a **** shoot. You may find you can "clean" the old belts using isopropyl alcohol and a paper towel. That's only a temporary fix and the issue will return. Good luck
There is a surprising interest in "vintage" hifi products these days. Your tape machines probably needs new belts. Check this site out. You can get spares for your tape machine here. Belt kits are $17. He does repairs also, but the transport to and from may be an issue for you. I suggest emailing Bob, he may be able to refer you to someone in CA > I could do the repairs,but I am in Australia. :)
If the motor is running but the belts are not, then they are probably shot. You can buy belts by size or buy a belt kit at MCM Electronics.
If the motor is not running it could be 2 things: 1. A bad motor or voltage to the motor.... 2. A bind. I've seen the grease on the capstan bushing get old enough to turn into a very hard tar. So check the motor and capstan for freedom of movement.