VCR was grinding gears due to a bad infrared LED.

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This VCR came in my shop making a gear grinding sound as soon as it was plugged in, and it would not load my tape. It turned out that the infrared emitter had died, and it made the tape loading carriage think I was trying to insert a tape, so the gears would grind as it was attempting to load a nonexistent tape. This seems to be a common problem with the dual DVD VCR combination units. Since the IR LED continues to glow even with the power being off, Since the IR LED remains on even when the unit it turned off, I think it would be a good idea to leave your VCR unplugged when not in use.

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