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Cd Car Player Troubleshoooting Basics


When you are having problems with your car CD player, it can be a headache trying to figure out what is wrong. There are several ways you can troubleshoot a CD problem, and it is important to know the proper steps so that you don't have to go and spend money on repairs. If you follow these steps, you can be back to rocking out with your car tunes in no time. The important thing to remember is to know your limitations. Don't try to repair something that you are truly not capable of repairing. You will end up spending more money in the long run.

The first thing to check when you are having issues with your CD player is to check the speakers. You may just have a speaker issue and not a CD player issue.  If your radio and cassette player play with no problems, then it is not your speakers. If you still cant get any response from your CD player, make sure that the CD you are trying to play is not scratched or damaged. Many times a damaged disk will not play and this can make you think your car CD player is messed up. If a good disk will not play, then you will need to check your wiring.

Check your wiring that leads behind your CD player. Make sure that the wiring is completely intact. If you have any loose wires, this will not give power to your CD player and can cause playback issues. If you have checked the wires and they all seem to be intact, then the issue may be that it needs to be reset. To reset your car CD player, you will need to disconnect your battery terminal. Leave this unhooked for about thirty minutes. This will allow the CD player to reset itself. This often solves the problems with car CD players.

If you are getting errors or your playback is skipping, you may need to clean your laser eye. This can be done with a cleaning kit. You can buy these kits at most electronic stores. They usually have a disk that you play inside the CD player and it cleans the laser eye so that it will read disks properly, Over time, the eye can get dirty and cause sporadic playback. If all of these steps do not solve your issues, you may need to refer to a professional.

If it seems that your car CD player will not work after you checking all of the issues, it may be cheaper to just replace your player. By the time you spend money for a repair, you may just come out better replacing it. This is a great option if your player is older. The newer models have better playback and added features that can keep a disk from not playing. This may be a good option to look into if the repairs are going to be too expensive.

Tips and comments

  • Check your wiring.
  • Clean and maintain your laser lens.
  • Check your speakers and playback on the radio.
  • If a factory reset doesn't help, seek the advice of a professional.
By David Scott, published at 03/13/2012
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