I'm having trouble with a Mitsubishi HS-u53 VCR. For the past couple months, sometimes when putting a tape in the VCR, the VCR would shut off. After powering it back on, the tape would be ejected. Pushing the tape back in would usually work and the VCR would play. Sometimes the VCR would shut down again, but powering it back on and pushing the tape back in would work and the tape would play. Last week was watching a tape, and the VCR shut off. Turned VCR on, after a couple seconds it shut off. After trying this 3 or 4 times, the tape ejected from the VCR. Now when I try to play a tape, it plays, but the picture jerks up and down and about every 5 seconds the picture disappears and all that's on the screen is static. Also, the data counter stays at zero. The idler assembly had to be replaced about7 years ago, I thought maybe it was giving me trouble again (although the last time, tapes wouldn't play at all), so I opened up the VCR to check, but the idler appears fine. I can't see anything else that appears broken (I didn't really look too closely, though). Anyone have any thoughts on what might be causing this?
18 years ago