Apologies for the long post
I just picked up a used Cassette deck and need to fix a few things. So far, this is what I've noticed that needs fixin:
Audio only coming out of left channel. Left VU meter working properly.
I did some brief research on this found that cleaning the record/play switch might help - small thread
I also found this thread, which has a comment I believe to be relatable, but I do not think I fully understand.
"You can eliminate the head as the source of your problem by interchanging the L & R wires in the connector. If the problem migrates to the other channel, then the head or cable is the culprit, otherwise there is a problem on the board."
I did this, I think. I took my red and white connectors on the back of the tape deck and reversed them, but I'm still only getting movement on the left VU meter, the right VU meter isn't moving.
I am getting audio through right speaker of course.
So I do not believe my problem migrated to the other channel, right?
Slow or nonexistent rewind
Rewind seems to work just fine when the tape is in the middle of its playback (hope that makes sense), but when the tape is near the beginning, rewind either doesn't work or is super slow. For example, if I start playing a tape from the beginning, wait about 30 seconds, then try to rewind, it's really slow or gets stuck.
Counter isn't working - Belt doesn't appear to be spinning
Tape Playing lights
I think they're on, there's definitely light back there, but I can't see it from the front.
Deck light bulb is out
I think this is one of those bulbs that has two wires coming out of it that I just need to wrap around the connecting wires, but I can't really tell.
I have the cover off and am willing to dive in, but I'm new to working on electronics and tape decks in general, so I have a whole lot of terms to learn. For anyone who is willing to help, you'll probably have to explain things like I'm 5, sorry in advance.
Here's a video of my unit - Imgur Link - same video, but on YouTube.
And in the meantime, I'm going to do some more research and learning. Any help is appreciated, thanks!