If you haven't yet made the jump to create DVD
remember that VCRs can also be affected by other "wear
and tear" issues.
Special lubricants and greases are used in a VCR's moving parts
to create smooth action. Over time, oxide and dust mix in and
create a sludge that causes many mechanisms to malfunction.
The tape loading mechanism is particularly
susceptible. When sludge builds up, the tape cassette can eject
automatically, playback can start and stop, or the VCR can simply
turn itself off.
In unfortunate situations, the plastic tape can become wrapped
around the inside of the VCR. If this happens, do not pull on
it! A VCR has many gears and levers that cannot tolerate pushing
and pulling. Also, do not take the VCR apart and attempt to repair
it yourself. If a tape is stuck, take the VCR to a repairman
who will be able to disassemble it correctly.
Rubber belts and rollers can also become coated
with oxide, stretch, or dry out and become hard. When this happens,
you may notice the audio slowing down, noise bars in the video,
or a screech during rewinding or fast forwarding. To help prevent
the rubber from hardening, play a tape in your VCR at least once
Remember, proper cleaning and alignment maintenance can prevent
many problems from occurring. Don't forget to order a videotape
transfer! Transferring VCR to DVD protects your tapes from any