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Sony VHS vcr picture distortion

Discussion in 'Electronic Repair' started by Tony Cianfaglione, Aug 13, 2004.

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  1. My Sony VHS vcr picture is distorted. All vertical lines are wavy an
    there is a shrill squawking sound as the tape plays. All my tapes are
    suddenly making this sound so I know it's the machine.

    Another older Sony I had made a similar noise and a bit of oil on the two
    reels seem to quiet it. That trick didn't work for this one. It played
    fine until just the other day when it suddenly displayed the severe
    vertical wavy effect and sound.

  2. Ray L. Volts

    Ray L. Volts Guest

    First, try cleaning the video drum. Dirty heads usually show snow in the
    picture, but can sometimes cause other strange visuals, too. Dirty
    heads/drum can also cause squeal, as the caked up oxides fill the air
    cushion space that normally exists between the heads/drum and the tape.

    If that doesn't fix it and squeal is heard only when in play mode, the
    tension arm/band could be too tight, forcing the tape against the drum too
  3. Thanks. I'll take it apart this weekend and give it a good cleaning.

  4. mo

    mo Guest

    Sometimes the felt slips away from the actual band and the tacky glue
    on the band makes intermittent contact on the spool.Open up unit and
    watch the tension arm if its vibrating wildly.If so replace tension
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