Forgive me if this is the wrong section but i could not find anywhere else to put it.
I have got a JVC VCR model HR-J695EA (Australian model) made in Indonesia (I have no idea how good/bad this model was) which I bought in 2002 and it was a current model then. The significant features are 6 head HI-FI stereo and PAL/NTSC/MESCAM compatible. I do regret not getting a more up market model now but it was not the cheapest one around back then either. My main priority was just to be able to play tapes and record TV then and DVD’s had not entered my life yet then. I can honestly say I have been quite happy with it and its performed pretty well with very few problems and is still going today.
The only problems I have had with it is that its lunched up a couple tapes probably 4 or 5 years ago but has been fine since but I think that was the tapes problem and not the VCR and a couple times its had issues with dirty heads as i would get a message appear on screen.
The most major problem it has had for several years now is that it will not eject tapes properly. When ejecting, the tapes come out but do not stop, they shoot right back in. The only way I can get the tapes out is if I am ready and waiting to catch and hold it out with a swiss army knife blade. Occasionally a tape has been stuck and the unit powers itself off too. So really the main issue is the ejecting of tapes. I opened the unit last weekend for a look and to blow a little dust out and watch what was happening when the tape ejects. It all happens so fast though and I cant see what is not engaging or stopping the tape when it ejects. I could not seem to see anything broken, but to be honest I would not have a clue what or where to look. There are some areas that I can see could do with re-greasing. What grease should I use for that? And I am sure there are some things that need a little oiling as its very noisy on rewinds. I was surprised to see things like plastic cogs etc still looked in good condition seeing that I have really used this VCR quite a lot, it has not been babied thats for sure. I would really like to give it a birthday and get the eject mechanism working properly again. I have looked around on the net and some parts are still available if I need any. I tried emailing JVC Australia with no luck as I wanted to send it to them but I may have to look at it myself with some guidence.
I think it could benefit from the heads being cleaned. I don’t even really know what are the heads. Is it that big round drum? One thing I did notice is that when I load a tape, it straight away wraps the tape around that drum and the drum spins away and just idles there constantly rubbing on the tape before i have even pressed play. I have left tapes in there for days and days, so I assume this cant be good having that thing spinning away on the tape for such a long time?. I am not sure if this is normal or not but I wont be leaving tapes inserted in the VCR long periods now. I am just not sure about cleaning the heads and if I should use a cleaning tape or manually clean it with a soloution. On my old audio cassette decks I used to use a cotton bud soaked in methylated spirits to clean the heads in that and I also had a tape deck cleaner and demagnetiser that you put a drop of fluid on and then insert the cleaning tape. My JVC manual says only to use a dry type cleaning tape but I have heard they are not good to use.
I think I will post a photo of the inside of the JVC so you can give me a better idea of what needs cleaning and lubricating and what could be causing the ejecting problem.