How to Remove a VHS From a TV Combo

By James Clark

A TV/VCR combo offers a compact way to enjoy videotapes in limited space. However, if your tape gets stuck inside the VCR, your options are limited when it comes to getting the cassette out of the mechanism. Repair shops will disassemble your combo unit and extract the tape for a fee, but the price might be as much as buying a new combo unit. Disassembling the unit yourself is a risky proposition if you have no experience in repairing electronic components. Instead, try a low-tech method that can free the tape so that you can continue using the TV combo.

Step 1

Press the "Power" button on the front of the combo to turn off the machine, then unplug the power cord on the back from the wall outlet.

Step 2

Turn the combo unit upside down so that the top of the component rests on a flat surface.

Step 3

Plug in the TV combo's power cord.

Step 4

Press the "Power" button and immediately press the "Eject" button for the VCR. The two sprockets that engage the tape gears are normally underneath the cassette when the combo is in the normal, upright position. Now, with the unit upside down, the sprockets are positioned on top of the cassette, so there is less resistance on the plastic housing that holds the VHS tape. Pressing the "Eject" button quickly will often cause the tape to pop out on its own.

Step 5

Pull the cassette out of the combo gently, as a portion of the VHS tape might have become tangled inside the mechanism.

Step 6

Wiggle the tape while holding open the VHS cassette door to free the tape from the internal mechanism.