How to Fix an Eight Track Player

by Contributor

In the 1970s, eight track players temporarily competed with vinyl records and cassettes for space on the family's stereo system. Portable eight track tapes contained an album's worth of songs on magnetic tape inside a plastic box labeled with the album's artwork. If you still play eight tracks occasionally, here's how to fix a faulty player.

Check for poor connections if the tape doesn't move. Make sure your player's power supply works or secure the plug firmly in the power switch.

Replace low or defective batteries if you're using a portable power source. Open the battery case and ensure that you've seated the batteries in your eight track player in the right direction.

Repair wiring or the motor if the pilot light glows and the tape doesn't move. You may need to tighten the drive belt or motor pulley.

Listen for low treble. If you hear this, you may need to align the tape head or remove oxide deposits.

Fix crosstalk between tracks by adjusting the tape height. Crosstalk occurs when song tracks "bleed" into each other. The tape head may also be jammed if this happens.

Solve the problem of jammed and crinkled tapes by cleaning and adjusting the pinch roller and springs that hold the tape in place.

Lubricate the eight track player if you constantly hear "wow and flutter." Maintain your player by checking the inside of players for dust and debris.