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Old 11-09-2005, 23:01   #1 (permalink)
Jeff Olsen
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'92 240 factory cassette deck problem

I know, just get a new stereo. But I have my reasons for just keeping this
one. See, I got XM radio for the car so that I would have something other
than AM radio for my commute. That means all I need is either a functioning
FM stereo or cassette deck to have a very nice setup. This stereo has that
FM problem that they develop, so using the FM transmission from the XM won't
work. Anyway, the idea was that the XM unit has one of those cassette
adapter thingies. Problem is, I forgot my cassette deck had this problem
where it continually tries to auto-reverse, over and over. I did come up
with a solution that seems to be working: I took the XM cassette adapter
thingie apart and took the little gears out so that the two sprockets are
not connected, and there's therefore no tension difference between the two
sprockets to set off the auto-reverse "feature". But I can hear the poor
cassette motors running like crazy in there with no servo feedback or
however they do it to maintain the speeds of the reel motors. I don't care
one shit about that stereo; it's a barely-working POS. But still, if
there's a more elegant solution, I'm all for it.

ANYWAY, anyone know enough about cassette decks in those things to tell me
if there's anything, a spring or linkage, that I could reach in and
disconnect inside the unit, from the front preferably, that would keep it
from trying to auto-reverse? Or something I can spray lube on? Or have I
already acheived the fix but disconnecting the two reels/sprockets inside
the cassette adapter?

XM Radio is pretty dang cool.

-jeff

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Old 11-10-2005, 00:01   #2 (permalink)
Randy G.
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Re: '92 240 factory cassette deck problem

I wonder if that radio is like the one in my '92 960...? If so, it is
easily removed and disassembled. The casette portion is a separate
assembly and can be easily replaced. You might even be able to just
disconnect the motor so that the drive does not run at all. WHen we
got our one of the PO's children shoved something in it so that the
motor burned out and the unit would not do anything. I bought a cheap
one on eBay and just switched the cassette portion of the unit and all
was well.



Jeff Olsen <handywired@earthlink.net> wrote:
>
>I know, just get a new stereo. But I have my reasons for just keeping this
>one. See, I got XM radio for the car so that I would have something other
>than AM radio for my commute. That means all I need is either a functioning
>FM stereo or cassette deck to have a very nice setup. This stereo has that
>FM problem that they develop, so using the FM transmission from the XM won't
>work. Anyway, the idea was that the XM unit has one of those cassette
>adapter thingies. Problem is, I forgot my cassette deck had this problem
>where it continually tries to auto-reverse, over and over. I did come up
>with a solution that seems to be working: I took the XM cassette adapter
>thingie apart and took the little gears out so that the two sprockets are
>not connected, and there's therefore no tension difference between the two
>sprockets to set off the auto-reverse "feature". But I can hear the poor
>cassette motors running like crazy in there with no servo feedback or
>however they do it to maintain the speeds of the reel motors. I don't care
>one shit about that stereo; it's a barely-working POS. But still, if
>there's a more elegant solution, I'm all for it.
>
>ANYWAY, anyone know enough about cassette decks in those things to tell me
>if there's anything, a spring or linkage, that I could reach in and
>disconnect inside the unit, from the front preferably, that would keep it
>from trying to auto-reverse? Or something I can spray lube on? Or have I
>already acheived the fix but disconnecting the two reels/sprockets inside
>the cassette adapter?
>
>XM Radio is pretty dang cool.
>
>-jeff


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