When I put a tape into the player, it will not go down into the player like it should. Instead it just slides in and sits there without going into the player, and the tape is easily pulled out without any resistance.
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if its a radio shack radio, it means E13 means "Tape Communication Error". It is caused by the microprocessor reading speed pulses from the tape deck either too fast, most other makes mean about the same thing, normally a stuck tape will cause this code to show up, either that or the drive gear that loads and unloads the tape is broken, cracked, or jammed
FIRST Reduce electrocution risk by disconnecting all power
supplies from the CD player and make sure any electrical charge has been
removed. Method 1
Take a blank/useless CD (such as AOL free trial CD's, you
can get them in a plethora of amounts in Best Buy) and place it about 1
inch deep into the slot.
Press the 'Eject' button and gently wiggle the CD around. If this doesn't work, repeat and try to get the blank CD below the the jammed CD, and gently pry the target CD upwards.
Get a 1 inch to 2 inch wide putty knife and wrap tape around it with the sticky side of the tape on the outside of the knife.
Use a strong tape like Gorilla tape for best results. The knife is
typically tapered so that if you wrap the tape tight enough it will not
slide off the end
Get a piece of paper and stick it to one side of the knife. Trim with scissors. You now have a thin sticky knife you can slide into the CD player opening
Insert knife into CD player with sticky side down trying to get it to go on top of the CD that is stuck. Press down gently to get the tape to stick to the CD.
Gently lift up and pull the knife out. Hopefully the CD will come with it. You might try hitting the eject button if it doesn't work the first time.
Get a stiff plastic "card" - like a drivers license but a bit thinner. Put double-sided scotch tape on one side of the card, near the edge of one of the two narrow ends of the card.
Get a thin-stemmed flat head screwdriver (short is better).With the sticky side of the card facing down, stick it into the **** ABOVE the stuck CD.
You may have to use the screwdriver to ensure the card goes in above
the CD and does not stick to the CD until after you get 1/2 to 3/4 inch
of the card in above the CD.
With the card still in there, insert the thin flat screwdriver ON TOP of the card and gently press down on the card. This causes the tape on the bottom side of the card to stick to the top side of the stuck CD.Remove the screwdriver and then slowly pull the card out. The CD should come with the card.
Check out this youtube viedo for a first hand look at what to do.
Just an idea .. In the past I have removed hungry decks from my cars. A lot easier to work on / dismantle than in dash. gently remove the casing and you should find the tape deck a separate component within the whole unit.Hook up via alligater clips to battery to power up and alligater clips to a speaker lead to hear. saves a lot of stress. Usually done for chewwed up and swallowed tape. results are good, surprisingly.
Don't be alarmed too much. Most tape players in vehicles die after 10 years. Mine died in a 20 year old two years ago too. Most likely if the radio is easily removed from the dash go to a dealer or junk yard and find a replacement. Most of the radios of the nineties and up are not easy to take apart and remove just the tape player assembly to replace it. But if it is, check to see if the electric plug wires are snug and plugged in. But your best bet is to just replace the whole unit without trouble.