It can be very easy to get frustrated on a stuck CD, especially when you are forced to listen to the same song over and over again when.
It can be very easy to get frustrated on a stuck CD, especially if you’re forced to listen to the same song over and over again when you get in the car. With this frustration can be the urge to hastily fix the CD player by smacking it or inserting foreign objects into the CD slot.
Here are some tips on how to release this disturbing CD and get your player back to normal use. As with all DIY repairs, there is a risk of damaging the CD player. this article offers both invasive and non-invasive strategies to limit the risk of further damage to your car’s stereo system.
Method 1 of 6: electrical reset
Sometimes you can release a stuck CD by resetting the electrical system connected to the radio. resetting the electrical system can involve either disconnecting the vehicle’s battery or replacing a fuse. We’ll first show you how to reset your electrical system by disconnecting the battery.
- Tipbefore performing an electrical reset, make a note of any existing radio presets as they may be erased if power to the radio is interrupted.
step 1: turn off the engine. Make sure your vehicle is turned off before performing an electrical reset.
note that even if a vehicle is turned off, it can still be a potential hazard if not handled carefully.
Step 2: open your hood and identify the battery. Once you have opened the hood, locate the battery and identify the positive (red) and negative (black) terminals.
Step 3: disconnect the battery negative terminal. You may need to use a wrench or pliers to disconnect the terminal.
once the wire is removed from the terminal, leave it on a non-metallic, non-conductive part of your vehicle (z. B. Put on a plastic cover).
- Warning: working with your battery can be dangerous. Make sure the positive terminal is covered so that your metal key (or other metal) does not accidentally cause an accident.
Step 4: let the vehicle sit. You should allow the battery to remain disconnected for up to ten minutes. at this time, the vehicle’s computer will forget presets and may be ready to release your cd.
Step 5: reconnect the battery. Carefully replace the negative battery terminal and start the vehicle.
Try to eject the CD normally. If the CD player still can’t eject the CD, try replacing the CD player fuse.
Method 2 of 6: replace the fuse
Step 1: locate the fuse box. The fuse box should be located under the dashboard on the driver’s side.
To replace the fuse, locate the appropriate fuse for the CD player. Generally, the fuse box has a faceplate that shows the location of each fuse.
- TipIf you have difficulty finding the correct fuse or need assistance, a certified mechanic at vermin-club will be happy to replace the fuse for you
step 2 remove the correct fuse. To remove a fuse, use needle-nose pliers or a fuse puller.
Fuses can sometimes be difficult to remove. By grabbing the exposed fuse tip and pulling, the fuse should come free.
step 3: replace the old security with a new one. you should make sure that the replacement fuse is rated for the same amperage as the old one.
For example, you should only replace one 10 amp fuse with another 10 amp fuse.
After you install the new fuse, you can turn on the engine to see if this solved your problem.
Method 3 of 6: use a second CD
If ejecting and resetting the CD player did not work, you may need to use more invasive methods to eject the stuck CD. Sometimes a CD will not eject because the mechanism to eject the CD does not have a good grip. This is especially true for older vehicles where the CD player was used frequently. One way to give the CD player a better hold is to use a second CD.
Step 1: get a second CD. Find a second CD (preferably one you no longer care about) to remove the CD that is currently stuck.
Step 2: insert the second CD. Insert the second CD about 1 inch into the CD drive slot. At this time, the second CD should be on top of the first one.
by doubling the thickness, the release mechanism can better grip the original CD.
Step 3: press gently on the first CD. Push the first CD carefully with the second one and press the eject button.
With a little luck, the first CD will be ejected. If this is not the case, you may need to try another method.
Method 4 of 6: use tape
if you find that your CD is still stuck after trying the above methods, you can try using tape. A tape attached to a thin object like a popsicle stick can potentially reach into the CD player mechanism and remove the stuck CD.
- Warning: this method is not recommended for users with multi-disk changers. Inserting objects into a multi-disc changer can further damage the mechanism.
Step 1: wrap double-sided tape around the ice cream stick. Make sure the tape is thin enough so that you can still insert the stick into the CD player.
Step 2: insert the stick into the CD player. Insert the taped stick ca. 1" inch into the cd player and push it down.
Step 3: gently pull the CD towards you. the cd should be attached to the stick when you pull it.
- NoteBe careful when attempting this method. If you notice the ice stem beginning to break, stop pulling, as you risk damaging other components if the ice stem breaks off.
method 5 of 6: with pliers / tweezers
You may be able to remove a stuck CD with more conventional tools such as tweezers or needle-nose pliers. tweezers or pliers allow you to achieve better leverage and traction.
A stuck CD can be caused by a malfunctioning or weak motor that does not have enough power to push the CD out of the player. The additional support of pliers or tweezers can generate enough force to eject the CD.
step 1: use tweezers to grab the CD. carefully use your tweezers to grasp the CD.
- TipBe careful when inserting anything other than a CD into your CD player. It may be helpful to use a flashlight to see the player and make sure the CD is pushed further into the mechanism.
step 2: press the eject button. While simultaneously pressing the eject button, pull on the CD with a pair of pliers or tweezers.
pull gently at first, then with more pressure as needed. If you notice any unusual noises while trying this method, stop and try another method.
method 6 of 6: activate catch release
Some aftermarket cd players are equipped with a hole or slot that, when pressed, releases the cd portion of the path so it can be grasped and pulled out. When pressing the release, typically a paper clip is straightened out.
step 1: determine if the vehicle has a safety catch. read your owner’s manual to see if your cd player has a catch version. There may also be more detailed instructions on how to release the taped CD.
Step 2: straighten a paper clip. find a paper clip and bend it so that a few centimeters are straight.
step 3: lock the latch with the paper clip. Find the hole for the latch and push the paper clip into the hole.
After the catch-release is engaged, the CD should pop out part of the way so it can be pulled out.
Multiple CD changers can be more difficult to work with due to their design. Some of the tips in the article may not work on multiple CD changers, especially if you are trying to eject a CD that is not visible. However, an electrical reset can be effective and can be attempted to a DIY fix. Otherwise, have a mechanic assist and repair the damage to your CD changer.
Working with electricity and holding foreign objects in your vehicle can be potentially dangerous. Therefore, make sure you take the necessary precautions before engaging in these activities. If none of the above enhancements work, you may need to have your CD player repaired by a mechanic. vermin-club’s certified mechanics can check your cd-player and make the necessary repairs.