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#1 Fatdog

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Posted 09 July 2018 - 12:08 PM

A few boombox problems are caused by a dirty, or faulty, record switch / bar.  Most of the times, the primary symptom is a high-pitched squeal when playing cassettes.  Thorough cleaning with DeOxit or some other electronics cleaner will generally be the simple fix.


Here is an example of what a record switch / bar looks like:


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Posted 09 July 2018 - 04:09 PM

for anyone googling this issue this one post will clear up all confusion  :thumbsup:

#3 Hisrudeness

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Posted 09 July 2018 - 05:15 PM

That’s what it looks like? Then what have I been lubing all this time?!

#4 caution

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Posted 09 July 2018 - 06:44 PM

Thorough is key. Don't be shy with the spray, blast the hell out of it and hope enough wicks up under the plastic housing with the contacts. If problems persist, overhauling is always an option, but you need patience and some basic soldering/fidgeting skills.


1. Remove all solder from the pins with a desoldering gun, or a normal iron with a sniffer/bulb/wick. Ensure all pins are completely detached from the board. A few pins will be bent over, in order to keep it on the board before it was wave soldered. It's easy to lift pads on these, so heat the pin as you straighten it, unless you're 100% sure no solder is left before straightening them.


2. Straighten the case tabs enough until the contact board can come out. There is a spring under tension connected between the case and the slider bracket, which can be tricky to re-install, so take note of the endpoints it is anchored to.


3. Carefully remove the contact leafs on the contacts and set aside. They are almost always of a corrosion-resistant alloy and should look fine.


4. use whatever gunk cleaner you desire and get that contact board nice and shiny clean. Don't use abrasives, you will ruin the thin coatings of metal.


5. Give the leafs a good spraying and put back onto the contact board. This is a very delicate process to avoid bending them, so use a head magnifier and lots of light if need be. They should all align with the pockets on the slider bracket, so it just falls back into place flush against the contact board.


6. Lay the spring on top of the plastic slider with one end attached to it, and slide the whole thing back up into the metal case. Bend the tabs back into place and use a pick to pull the spring and anchor the other end to the housing.


7. Solder back into place on the board.

#5 docs

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Posted 10 July 2018 - 05:18 AM

It is important to note that the record bar is not located on the cassette deck itself, it is most often located on the main/largest board close to the cassette deck (but not always) and will have a mechanism/spring/lever coming from the cassette deck to the record bar to engage it, moving it back and forth when the record key is pressed and released.

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