Stuck cassette


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Stuck cassette

Postby DougR » Tue May 22, 2012 11:20 pm



Any tricks on how to eject a stuck cassette in my 1500 se?



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Re: Stuck cassette

Postby virgilmobile » Wed May 23, 2012 9:43 am

No tricks here .If it's stuck,the most likely cause it the tape has spooled around the pinch roller or spindle.
Removing it it best done by removing the unit and taking off the covers.From there,the binding can be cut loose with a knife.
I suspect the cassette is no longer usable at this point except for a dummy tape adapter for a MP3 player
Oh,and getting to it is fun too.lots of screws and covers to take off,like....
the bottom.all the knobs(mark them in order)the top cover,the lamp holder and rubber mat,some cables etc.
Look under the "manuals" section for a guide for the radio.Anything even close will get you on the right track.
You can also shove a screwdriver in there and pry it out,but I won't guarantee the results.

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Re: Stuck cassette

Postby WingAdmin » Wed May 23, 2012 11:16 am

Have a look at Disassembling & Fixing GL1500 CD/Radio for a good set of pictures & instructions

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Re: Stuck cassette

Postby DougR » Wed May 23, 2012 12:53 pm

Wow

I hope my job will not be as hard as described. Thanks for the responses. I would try the easy approach with a screwdriver and prying except there is a door that covers the cassette slot and I cannot open that to get a screwdriver in. The eject function displays on the screen, but I agree that it's likely getting hung up with the tape all around the pinch rollers.

The instructions below showed steps to get to the radio lights. It looked like you were digging from the bottom side of the radio, up to the top. In my case, I need to get to the cassette mechanism. Seems like all those steps would not be necessary for me. Maybe just remove the radio from the plastic shrowd, then pull the knobs off, and the face place will lift off exposing the cassette mechanism? Digging from the top looks easier than from the bottom.

I have a shop manual that provides an exploded view, so maybe that will help me, but it sounds like I need to reserve several hours for this job.

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Re: Stuck cassette

Postby WingAdmin » Wed May 23, 2012 1:07 pm

You have to start from the bottom to get to the top - you can't pull it apart from the top first, as the screws required to get to the top are in the bottom. You can likely skip removing the main circuit board, as the screws required to get to it are not covered by the board.

If you have a look at How to change your radio lights to LEDs you'll see the steps required to do just this - get the top of the radio off, so that you can gain access to the cassette player (you can see it on the left side here):

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Re: Stuck cassette

Postby robb » Wed May 23, 2012 1:52 pm

Have had a few to stick in the past and removal can break the tape. In a lot of cases the tape can be removed by holding the eject button and applying a small amount of force to pull tape out. Tape will unwind or stretch and may break, but if it is special it can be cut and reattached with scotch tape. My bike does not like AeroSmith and has been spliced 3 times.

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Re: Stuck cassette

Postby DougR » Wed May 23, 2012 3:31 pm

How do you get the cassette door to open to accomplish the delicate surgery you describe?

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Re: Stuck cassette

Postby robb » Thu May 24, 2012 8:37 pm

While holding the eject button down gently lift the lid and and tape will move out.

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Re: Stuck cassette

Postby DougR » Fri May 25, 2012 10:10 am

Rob

If this works, I will be so happy to not attempt what has been described here. I'm sure I'll break a tab or something else if I try to take the radio out and get to the mechanism entombing my cassette, which I don't even like, but put in to test. I'll report back...busy weekend so it may be next week.

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Re: Stuck cassette

Postby robb » Fri May 25, 2012 11:31 am

A long time wing rider told me the way to get it out. If all fails just wait until the filter needs changing and it will be in your hand.

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Re: Stuck cassette

Postby redial » Fri May 25, 2012 9:14 pm

One thing about cassettes is that they tend to loosen up, when not being used. The result is that all of the tape wants to get into the innards of the player to get played first. A little bit of prevention, by tightening the tape spools with a pencil or similar before inserting will probably save the long episodes of unfurling the tape from the innards. Of course, if the innards are going to grab the tape and munch it up anyway, then you need a new unit. This is one good reason why cassettes how gone the way of eight track players, good for their purpose when they work, but a pita when they dont!

Get yourself an mp3 player and get more tunes than a cassette can hold.
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Re: Stuck cassette

Postby DougR » Mon May 28, 2012 11:38 am

Got the door to the cassette open, and pulled on the cassette with needle nose plyers while holding down the eject button. No luck.

Guess I'll have to dissemble. I'm thinking of ripping the cassette tape out piece by piece with the plyers before I attempt disassembly

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Re: Stuck cassette

Postby robb » Mon May 28, 2012 8:46 pm

Out of curiousity was the power to radio on when you tried removal, if not it is real hard to get out. Probably should has said that first.

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Re: Stuck cassette

Postby DougR » Tue May 29, 2012 11:34 am

yes, power was on, eject symbol was in the display, and a clicking sound could be heard while I was pulling with needle nose plyers

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Re: Stuck cassette

Postby robb » Tue May 29, 2012 12:25 pm

Not 100% sure but think the tape lifts to get to door so it has to be tape caught. Would try again and see if tape will stretch or break. If cassette was at end of tape when it stopped if will have a good hold. Hope it works.

It is not a big beal since it does come out with top cover. Sounds harder than it really is.

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Re: Stuck cassette

Postby DougR » Tue May 29, 2012 12:49 pm

I raised the tape with the needle nose plyers so that it would clear the door, but it will not pull out. I think the sprockette that turns the back wheel is not retracting and thus stopping the eject. I've jiggled the tape with the plyers, still no luck. I just want it out to put a dummy tape in it. The ones that have a plug for your iphone headphone jack, so I can run my iphone through the cassette.

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Re: Stuck cassette

Postby robb » Thu May 31, 2012 7:29 am

The tape goes in and down so it has to lift to get back to door. Will tape go FF or FR, it might take up a little slack. Played with mine last night with tape known to stick and once the tape cleared door it was easy to remove tape.

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Re: Stuck cassette

Postby DougR » Thu May 31, 2012 1:25 pm

Tape will not go FF or FR. I can force the entire mechanism up with a screwdriver below it, so that the tape will clear the door...but with the screwdriver under the mechanisem, and the needle nose pulling out on the tape, something is still definately holding it in. When you eject a tape, what pushes the tape up? Is the bottom of the mechanism, cage thinky supposed to come up also?

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Re: Stuck cassette

Postby robb » Thu May 31, 2012 3:54 pm

The tray will raise and it kicks tape out. Have lost a few on the road, could not catch fast enough.

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Re: Stuck cassette

Postby rayfie » Thu May 31, 2012 10:26 pm

Hello My 1996 would not eject the tape be cause another fuse was blown in in the sec panel on the left side..it right below all the relay in that panel... the radio would come on but the radio sound would not get loud.

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Re: Stuck cassette

Postby DougR » Fri Jun 01, 2012 10:11 am

my radio gets plenty loud. The tape ended is chewed up with a hole in it now after I've picked, jiggled, pulled on it with the needle nose plyers. I don't think any pieces fell into the unit, but the tape is getting harder to grab. I think I've got to disemble.

thanks for all your comments. Sure wish aux inputs were standard in 1990!

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Re: Stuck cassette

Postby robb » Fri Jun 01, 2012 10:20 am

Check the air filter if it has not been changed in a while. If it's dirty you will feel better about taking it apart.

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Re: Stuck cassette

Postby Kiwi2 » Sun Jun 03, 2012 12:12 am

Hi Dug, I have found that you can get it out but you need three hands, one to push the eject button down, one to hold the door open and a third to fiddle with the cassette. Don't stick pliers in there because if you break off a bit of the cassette and it falls into the workings .............!!!!!!!.

If you do get someone to assist you make sure they are pretty broad minded as the language can get a bit coarse at times and you may find that they will learn new words.

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Re: Stuck cassette

Postby DougR » Mon Jun 04, 2012 9:56 am

door is held open with a spring. I put one hand on the eject button and one on the plyers and there are lots of bits of cassette unaccounted for.

I am ready to tear into it from the top with an ice pick




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