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Old 05-14-2018, 09:10 PM
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Does the cassette player on early C4s have a belt that drives the wheels on the deck or gears. I have taken mine out looked inside as best I could without totally dismantling it and do not see any belt. My take deck has stopped working.
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Does the cassette player on early C4s have a belt that drives the wheels on the deck or gears. I have taken mine out looked inside as best I could without totally dismantling it and do not see any belt. My take deck has stopped working.
Yes, there are 2 belts in those cassettes. Unfortunately, that's not why they usually quit working. Other internal issues that are very difficult to fix because there have been no parts made for it in 2 decades
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The belts are findable but, as Cruisinfanatic says, that's not the real problem.

A few years ago, I really wanted to get my cassette working. However, I found that, among other things, the auto reverse is a fatally flawed design and there aren't readily available, easy to install parts to fix it.

In the course of my study, I found that there were some places I could send it for an attempted fix, but when I contacted those places they indicated that:

1. It was going to be an expensive, custom repair.
2. There is no guarantee that the repair would work (but I would have to pay either way)
3. If the repair did work, there was no guarantee as to how long it would work.

So, despite my enthusiasm for the project, I ended up giving up on it and now just use a bluetooth that broadcasts to an FM channel.

I think the only way repairing the cassette makes sense is if you have the money and want a concourse-winning car with the original sound system.

Neither of those applied to me.

(Edit: I should note that I was looking into this about five years ago, so it's possible that there is a new resource to fix them that I don't know about.)

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Old 05-16-2018, 08:20 PM
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found a guy on e bay..in British Columbia..sells 1895 refurbished radio w/cassette....looked all brand new to me.....same as stock....works great, but it costs.450 bucks.....
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