Fixing up a Sony VCR


Old 02-06-20, 11:08 AM
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Question Fixing up a Sony VCR

I've got a Sony SLV-N500 I'm trying to use for a couple old tapes. I replaced the belt on it (it was squealing pretty bad) already.
When it plays, ever 5-10 seconds, the picture gets staticy, then clears up. I'm thinking there's something on the head. Would a head cleaner clean that up? Since I've already had the cover off, could I just clean the head with a q-tip and alcohol?
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Old 02-06-20, 11:29 AM
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It’s been my experience, when those things break, there’s no fixing them. Cleaning won’t help.
Old 02-06-20, 11:33 AM
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You could clean the head using a q-tip and alcohol but one false move or even less than perfect manipulation could damage the head. A head cleaning cassette, if you can find on, would be safer to use.

The video heads (up to eight) are on the rotating silver flat cylindrical drum (a little smaller than a hockey puck) set at an angle in the middle of the mechanism. The heads themselves are in little notches around the perimeter of the drum but the entire (silver) perimeter surface should be checked for residues and cleaned off.

Look for a tracking control, could be a menu item. This can clear up a variety of static problems in the picture.

One reason why a VCR may fail to play if the cover is taken off or the cabinet is dismantled is that it has an end-of-tape sensor that is light sensitive.

Last edited by AllanJ; 02-06-20 at 11:48 AM.

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