yup just pull.. i noticed the ones on my blockbuster are easier to remove than my SCRATE..
Thanks a lot. I thought there should not be any tricks there but was not sure. I pulled a little harder and it worked just fine. I was able to open up the case and get closer to the deck mechanism. The mechanism does not show any obvious damage (on the other hand, there is nothing obvious there for me for I have not dealt with deck mechanisms before ). I made a few snap shots and compared them with the ones posted by k2j. They look identical:
It does help to be able to see and compare the pictures of other boomboxes. So, now I need to figure out what is wrong. As I said, my problem was that the cassette carriage was stuck in the lifted up state. By looking at the capstan mechanism and playing with it I figured out that it is possible to lower the carriage by rotating the flywheel.
There is a gear on the flywheel shaft (#1) that is connected to the gear #2. As I understand, when I rotate flywheel this causes movement of gear #2 and this moves the cassette carriage. Without a working mechanism it's not that easy to figure out how exactly this assembly is supposed to work. Perhaps someone familiar with this mechanism (or are they all similar?) knows how it works? I wonder why the cassette carriage does not drop under its own weight. Should it? BTW, I can see that the motor is working but flywheel is not rotating. Could it be a simple case of bad belts? They look OK though. Any hints would be appreciated.