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Old 14th Jul 2019, 1:01 pm   #1
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Default Hitachi TRK 8080E

Hello all!
I recently found my Grandmothers old boombox!... it didnt work. All the belts had literally melted. However, i found a belt set and fitted. On replacing the PCB i noticed a thin metal link type piece.

can anyone advise what i should do?.. thankyou
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Old 14th Jul 2019, 1:09 pm   #2
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Looks like a staple to me. Probably nothing to worry about.
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Old 15th Jul 2019, 8:34 pm   #3
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Thanks OldTechFan96.

Yes I was thinking that last night. Tried a tape but it just clicks. Think I need to strip the mechanism right down. Oh joy!. Any advice?
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You can download the service manual from HiFi Engine here.

Since the cassette mechanism is not engaging when the play button is pressed I think that some dried grease is fouling the mechanism. Remove the cassette mechanism and give it a thorough inspection outside the boombox. Take note of what the assembly does when play is pushed. You might be able to tell if it is not engaging properly.
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