The CD player in my 96 Sable Stn Wagon (six-disc cartridge, installed in
trunk) does not release the cartridge. When pressing the cartridge release
button the player attempts to pull in the first disk, retries several times,
then gives up without releasing the cartridge.
I've already pulled and re-plugged both the radio fuse under the dash and
the one in the power distribution box under the hood (though not both at
once), to no avail.
Aside from whatever is causing the CD to not load, how do I either: (a)
force the cartridge to release (probably impossible) or (b) uninstall the
player so I can find out what is wrong. My Haynes repair manual offers no
help in how to pull out the CD player.
Take a look at the cd player on your computer , they have a small hole
that you can stick in a straightened paper clip or jewelers screwdriver to
over ride the mechanical locking system , not sure if this would apply to
an auto system though ... just took a look at my cd-burner , the hole is
almost hidden below the tray, looks like a flaw in the plastic.
Phil, thanks for your reply. In fact I did find a manual-release access
point in the front of the player, but it turns out the disk was jammed. The
player seems to have gotten confused and shoved the CD being played (my
grand-daughter's "Barbie" rock CD from vacation) into an occupied slot. I
was finally able to figure out how to remove the player (two bolts I hadn't
noticed before), and I then had to dismantle the player in order to get the
CD out. The disk, unfortunately, had to be destroyed in the process. The
player is back together and amazingly survived the operation.
Two possible causes: (1) for the last week I had been having problems with
the Daytime Running Lights controller, which left the headlights permanently
on, forcing me to disconnect the battery whenever I parked the car. Perhaps
while the unit was starting up it got a power interruption while I
disconnected the battery, and maybe that confused it.
(2) The other possibility is that I mave have run the CD for a time with the
enclosure door open, I noticed that the player didn't work properly while it
was in it's dismantled state after I had gotten the CD out of it. It would
only play CD #1. On a hunch, I just dropped the dismantled unit into it's
installation bay and closed the door on it, and it worked fine. Obviously
there are some optical sensors in the unit and perhaps a stray ray of
sunshine finding it's way into the unit through the disk viewing window, at
just the wrong time, caused the unit to become confused and jam. So the
label on the player that says "KEEP DOOR CLOSED" is there for a reason.
Anyway, the lesson for today: when mucking around with the car's electrics,
pull the CD player fuse first, and always keep the CD player door closed !
Time to go buy another "Barbie" CD.
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