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video tape stuck in vcr ?

Discussion in 'Do It Yourself (Not Computer-Related)' started by neofan3, Feb 5, 2013.

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  1. neofan3

    neofan3 Thread Starter

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    It still plays, fast forward and reverse but I can't get the tape out; every time I click the stop/eject button it rambles a bit then turns off. I did as online instruction and removed the top cover but still can't remove the tape.

    I know the vcr is cheap but I don't want to lose it or buy a new one. I have some forty tapes of old movies that I sometimes watch. I do have a dvd ( PS2) but have never rented one.
     
  2. Abriam26

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    Apply some lubricant?
    Also look for something that may block the mechanism..
     
  3. neofan3

    neofan3 Thread Starter

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    1. I applied (Allsop) cleaning solution to the tape and ran FFand REW but has not worked yet.

    2. with the top opened, there is still something over the tape so I can only see part of it. So I have not figured out what blocks the tape.
     
  4. LucaMeredicci

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    Not knowing the exact sound it makes, but going from "rambles a bit" it sounds like the mechanism that ejects the tape is either broken or damaged.
     
  5. foxidrive

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    Does the tape get put back into the cassette when you press eject? It is normally threaded through some guides and around the drum which is all inside the VCR cavity, but outside the cassette.

    If it doesn't get unthreaded neatly and into the cassette then the tape may be snagged on a guide.
     
  6. neofan3

    neofan3 Thread Starter

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    No, the tape is ok. I still can play and FF and F REW. I just can't eject it.
     
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    I don't think you understood my comment. When you press eject and watch the inside of the machine, does the loop of tape go back into the cassette?
     
  8. neofan3

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    When I pressed eject, first the tape went in the cassette then it went out ( probably engaged ) and the machine turned off.
     
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    I suspect that the loop of tape is threaded around the wrong side of one of the guides.

    It's the kind of thing a tech needs to see to be able to fix...
     
  10. neofan3

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    Can I just cut the tape?
     
  11. foxidrive

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    That could be an option. Try and cut it where it enters the cassette on the left and right sides.
     
  12. neofan3

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    I got the tape out by turning something on the right side of the tape. New problem: can't run a new tape.
     
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