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2002 Chevy Malibu Cassette Player will not work

My 2002 Chevy Malibu is refusing to play tapes. I insert a tape, and the player makes a whirring, clicking noise as if it is attempting to play the tape. Then it spits it out after a few of these noises. I have tried to clean it with a cassette cleaner, thinking that may be the problem; however, it won't keep those cleaning tapes in there long enough to even execute that step. Any ideas on what could be wrong?

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Since no repair parts or repair manuals are made available to the consumer by GM then you must remove the deck from the dash and send it in for repair at a factory approved repair center.

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The post above mine, the member is correct regarding a new cd player, a cassette adapter will play only so good no matter what you add to your existing system, try a cd changer,not expensive at all and you can add it simply without compermising too much quality.


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