How to Eject a Stuck Video Tape

Updated April 17, 2017

VCRs (video cassette recorders) were the standard for home video entertainment for decades, and they still exist in homes, offices and schools around the world. If you're using a VCR, you may occasionally come across problems like tapes that haven't been rewound, bad tracking or the dreaded stuck tape. If your tape won't eject from your VCR, don't force it out. The easiest and most harmless way to remove it is to open the VCR and take the tape out manually.

Turn off your VCR and unplug its power source from the wall.

Unscrew the screws located on the side of the VCR and set them aside. Slowly pull the top part of the VCR away from the rest of the machine, exposing its insides.

Untangle any tape that's been caught up in the gears of the VCR.

Open the door of the VCR and begin pushing the video cassette out through this opening. Keep an eye on the tape to make sure it's not getting caught on anything else as you're removing the cassette. If it does, gently remove it from whatever it's being tangled on, and continue removing the cassette.

Put the VCR casing back on and screw it in place.

Things You'll Need

  • Philips head screwdriver
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Thomas McNish has been writing since 2005, contributing to and other online publications. He is working toward his Associate of Science in computer information technology from Hillsborough Community College in Tampa, Fla.