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What does E20 code means on a delco cd player?

When you put a cd in tha cd player it keeps saying E20.. And I am Wondering what that means?

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Hi E20 mean's
The CD player cannot focus on the disc or there is an internal focus problem.
try a known good CD and if it still displays E20 then you will have take it to a radio repair shop

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