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VCR tape loads and put tape around drum but then kicks tape out without returning the tape to the cartridge or playing. tape is then hung up inside the mechanism.

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Dirty heads or rollers usually cause that or the tracking path has worn and the rollers are out of alignment. I would try a tape head cleaner first. Video / music stores or electronic stores usually sell them. You get a special tape to insert and cleaning solution.

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