An Easy Repair To A Walkman Tape Player
A German manager working close to my area brought his tape play for repair. As I click the play button the power light comes on and I could hear the motor spinning but there was no movement of the actual tape. From experience I believe this issue was a result of a broken belt but the question; what size is the belt?
The first thing to do is to take off the back cover and see what is going on inside this device.
As I took the back cover off, I could see the tiny details inside the device. I took all the tiny screws holding the printed circuit down and I was about to pull it up, I noticed two soldering spots that were holding the board down to a coil.
I soldered these joints off and now I was able to pull the board out without any complications.
The first thing that came to mind when I saw this, where is the belt? I could see part of it still attached to main motor.
Here is a close up of the melted belt sticking to the motor shaft. That is a very thin belt and I do not think I have this size in the shop.
The first logical things to do are cleaning the entire melted belt and then think about the size of the belt and find replacement.
After all the cleaning, I was able to find a belt; a little bit thicker than the original one but when I put it on and have it a try, the sound was loud and clear. As I explained this to the German customer, he did not like the idea of this thicker belt although it is working fine so he decided to keep this belt for now and later on he will order the original belt from Germany.
As we both agreed on that and as we are waiting for the original belt to arrive and be installed by me; until then, I can call this…
This article was prepared for you by Waleed Rishmawi, one of our ‘Master Authors’ and currently working in the Bethlehem area of Palestine repairing electrical and electronic equipment.
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