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Philips Cassette Deck AW529 restored

By on February 27, 2016
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I got this Philips Cassette Deck model AW529 with a complaint that the tape gets stuck, wobbling noise etc. I opened the cover and did a general cleaning as usual.   Replaced the belt as it was found worn out and loose. When I played a cassette, noticed that the tape was sliding to the sides. On further inspection at the spot where the tape gets pressed onto the capstan wheel shaft, I could see that the tape is sliding out zig zag.  Switched off the set. Then I checked the pinch roller assembly. Found it is shaking! Something we can never expect to happen. On questioning the customer, learnt that he had tried to correct the problem by applying excessive pressure there, which has caused this shake!

So, dismantled the mechanism unit, and dismantled the mechanism, by carefully removing the screws, springs and levers, one by one. For those of you, who might find it useful, I am giving the pictures below. The second picture shows the shaft of the pinch roller in focus.

roller cassette deck repair

I used a higher watt soldering iron and soldered the shaft at the rear and checked and found that it was not shaking. With a file and pen knife, I removed the excess solders and made it minimum that was necessary to hold it (Second picture below):

philips cassette deck repair

I assembled the mechanism back, and gave power supply to the motor externally and tried running a tape. But the solder was not holding the shaft and it started shaking, as the pressure by pinch roller was too much on it.So, dismantled the mechanism once again, scraped the solder off (third picture below, highlighted).

service  cassette deck

Took the bare mechanism to a lathe shop, who did a spot welding at the rear, ensuring the proper balance of the shaft. Brought back, and then filed the protruding welded spot, so that the lever of ‘pause’ button slides smoothly over it. Reassembled the mechanism, and run a tape once again. It was working perfectly! So, refit the mechanism unit to the deck and connected the head and checked, and found that the play was a bit slow.

So,adjusted the speed of the motor, by readjusting the pot inside the motor, located at the rear. It was working well! Ran the tape up and down for any flutter or slips. No problem at all. Lubricated the controls and record switches. Fitted the cabinet and front panel of the tech mechanism. Retested it and found it to be working very well!  Another job completed satisfactorily!

cassette deck repair


This article was prepared for you by Parasuraman Subramanian from India. He is 66 years old and has more than 30 years’ experience in handling antiques equipment Valve Radio, Amps, Reel Tape Recorders and currently studying latest techs classes conduct by Kerala State Electronics Technicians’ Association. He was a BBA graduate, retired as MD of a USA company.

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  1. Gregor

    February 27, 2016 at 11:22 am

    Thanks for the post!

  2. Yogesh Panchal

    February 27, 2016 at 2:53 pm

    Good effort.

  3. Gerald Millward

    February 27, 2016 at 6:22 pm

    Well Parasuraman, we technicians employ all sorts of electrical engineering (and other) techniques to fix difficult electronic repairs, but ..... spot-welding??? Great job!!

  4. Robert Calk

    February 27, 2016 at 7:30 pm

    Nice job, Parasuraman. I bought a Weller D550 240/325W for those bigger soldering jobs.

    • Robert Calk

      March 1, 2016 at 1:23 am

      Hey coward that likes to click "dislike" all the time - I also bought a nice Hakko FX 888D soldering iron with a bunch of nice tips that are not available for my cheaper Weller soldering iron.
      You can dislike this comment now as well.

      • Humberto

        March 4, 2016 at 10:42 pm

        Hi Robert, I can´t understand why a dislike in your comment. By the way, congrats for your new tools.

  5. Mike Zook

    February 27, 2016 at 10:53 pm

    Way to go Parasuraman. It's good to think outside the box. That shows your dedication to the cause. Nice job.

  6. Suranga Electronics Sri Lanka

    February 28, 2016 at 5:01 pm

    Hi Mr.. Good Repair. Thanks..

  7. vishesh

    March 1, 2016 at 12:46 pm

    Good Job Sir,
    I respect your attitude towards repairing Good old Systems like this in the era of PEN drives & Soft copies.

  8. Humberto

    March 4, 2016 at 10:43 pm

    Hi Parasuraman, another good repair, as ususal. Congratulations, and keep up sharing your experiences.


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