My Magnavox VCR/DVD combo groans when I set the timer recording. It doesn't make the noise when I turn it off. A couple weeks ago our tape started skipping and not sounding good and then this groaning sound started. I changed the tape and it has been OK for a week or two and the recorded picture is good but the groaning started again this a.m. when I set the timer recorder. Does something need oiling or what?

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18 Jan, 2018

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I hate to sound elitist or negative, but VCR is over, much in the same way that cassette tapes are over. It is even getting hard to find DVD recorders which stand alone. Additionally, I would urge you to record all of your home movies and significant recordings to DVD while you can. VCR tapes degrade pretty rapidly compared to DVD. And now, even DVD is on the way out. Get up to speed. You'll be glad you did!
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