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Tape stuck in player - error code e13 shows

1998 Buick LeSabre with Delco AM/FM and Cassette Player. CD adaptor is stuck in player and error code 13 appears when trying to eject.

Any advice on how to remove the CD adapter from the cassette player?

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  • Anonymous May 20, 2009

    when i put the tape in it makes a loud clicking noise and ejects after about 20 seconds...but will NOT play any cassettes



  • Sonny_Wynn May 22, 2009

    tape stuck in player in my 98 buick

  • Marvin
    Marvin May 11, 2010

    pull the unit out of the dash and remove the top cover of the radio to see if u can disengage the adapter

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I just got a tape unstuck myself. Everytime I would hit eject it would make a clicking noise.

Here is what I did:
First I watched these videos to remove the radio.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=29MTa4FLjtk&feature=channel

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fqvk_PNo9Kg&feature=channel

Then I unscrewed the bottom panel of the radio.
Unscrew the brass screws holding in the cassette player portion of the radio.
Now flip the cassette player over to see your tape, etc.
When I pressed the eject button, I noticed a little motor with a worm gear would move a a gear which moved several other gears until it eventually moved a black gear which has a little post that moves the metal arm which moves back when pushing in a tape and moves forward when ejecting a tape. But I would get a clicking sound which seemed to be due to one gear trying to move a stuck gear.
I forgot the exact details of how I managed to get the tape out, but when I did get it out I noticed when I turned on the radio, it would act like it was trying to play a tape. But when it found out it couldn't, it would try to eject but would fail once again with the gear clicking sound.
I think I tried moving the black post on the black gear that moves the arm that pushes the tape out. Eventually I got to the point where the arm was pushed forward like it should be when a tape is ejected. At that point I was able to insert and eject a tape without any problems.

Posted on Sep 04, 2010

  • William Shea
    William Shea May 08, 2014

    If there is no tape in the player and you get this code, reach into the player with something fairly long with a crevice on it and pull forward the white tape sensor immediately behind the capsins that rotate the tape. The tape in light will go out. W. Dana Shea

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