How to Unjam a VCR

Is your VCR jammed? This article will help you unjam it.

Steps

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    Check to make sure it's plugged in. If its still jammed, go to step 2
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    Unplug the VCR.
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    Unscrew any screw that is holding the top on the unit.
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    Take the cover off
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    Stop and look at what you see.
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    Check to see if anything is inside that shouldn't be inside. If so, take it out. If not, read on.
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    Flip the VCR upside down. If you find screws on the bottom, remove them. Take the bottom off. Check to see if any belts are missing. If not, turn the loading gear (you will see it) until it won't turn any more. Then turn it all the way back. If there is no way to take the bottom off, go to the next step.
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    Turn the VCR right side up. Looking at the transport, you should find screws that are holding it in place. Take those out, then GENTLY take the transport out. If you need to, unplug some wires. Just make a note of were they belong.
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    Turn the transport upside down. Check for missing belts. Replace if needed. Then, turn the loading gear until it won't turn anymore. Then turn it all the way back.
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    Place the transport back inside the unit, plugging anything needed back in. Screw it back in place. Make sure its secure and EVERYTHING is the way you found it. Leave the top on.
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    Plug the VCR back in. It will make some noise, don't worry. Its just resetting itself.
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    Find a tape you don't care about.
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    Put the tape in the VCR.
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    Make sure everything is working right.
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    Put the top back on.
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    Eject the tape.

Tips

  • If you got the VCR not long ago, find an old VCR that is still working. Old as in 10 years or older. Check eBay.

Warnings

  • Unplug the VCR before doing this.

Article Info

Categories: Hardware Maintenance and Repair