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Before you decide to open up the player and attempt more invasive repairs, try some of these more basic troubleshooting tips to figure out how to fix a car CD player:
Is the problem related to the volume or quality of the sound? This could be related to the speakers and not the main unit of your audio system. Take the time to remove the covers from the speakers in your car and make sure there's no trapped dirt or damage. Also check the electrical connections on the back to make sure they are still firm and make a good connection.
If the speakers look fine, another issue that could affect sound is the quality of the connections behind the head unit of your system. You'll need to open the dash to access the unit (see your owner's manual or an auto repair manual for your car). Make sure all channel (speaker) connections are solid and make good contact.
When you insert a disc, is the CD display blank? While it sounds simple, one of the most common mistakes people make is inserting a CD upside down. This will cause the player to act as though it isn't working.
Is the music skipping or stopping completely? This is commonly caused by dirty or damaged tracks on the disc. Before assuming that the problem is with the player, test a few newer CDs and see if the skipping behavior continues. If it doesn't, the the problem is the disc and you'll need to look into cleaning or repairing the disc so that it can play normally again.
Error 1 - "disc is dirty, damaged, or is inserted upside down"
I quote other solution comments:
I've been getting the Err 1 and Err 3 for a while now, my headunit needs replacing but I haven't had chance yet...
I've found that the cold weather makes it worse as the CDs get that cold
they are covered in condensation so the CD has trouble reading them..
In my experience when you get an Err 3 it's basically knacked and needs
replacing and Err 1's can sometimes be read problems - what's the disk
Mine has started giving Err 1's on brand new CD's (not CDRs) so she's probably having trouble focussing....
If the car is less than 5 years old the headunit should be covered under warranty (ie free).
I know you can that you can change this by simply hooking up a scan tool for specific year. There are language options accessible for situations like this. Here is a sample of what can be changed using VAG 5052 or equivalent scanners.
1 = Lamborghini
2 = Audi A3 (8P)
3 = Audi A4 (8E)
4 = Audi A4 Cabriolet (8H)
5 = Audi A6 (4B)
6 = Audi TT (8J)
7 = Audi R8 (42)
0x?xxxx: Treble Speaker Monitoring inactive
0 = Front Treble Speaker Monitoring inactive active (NOT Audi A4 Cabriolet)
1 = Front Treble Speaker Monitoring inactive inactive (ONLY Audi A4 Cabriolet)
0xx?xxx: Sound Characteristic
0 = Sound Characteristic linear
1 = Audi A4 (8E)
2 = Audi A6 (4B)
3 = Audi A4 Cabriolet (8H)
4 = Audi TT (8J)
5 = Audi A3 (8P)
9 = Sound System
1 = Telephone not installed (Remote Feed Voltage for Microphone active)
2 = Base Plate (Temic - Remote Feed Voltage for Microphone inactive)
3 = Base Plate (Cullmann - Remote Feed Voltage for Microphone inactive)
4 = Base Plate (Nokia - Remote Feed Voltage for Microphone inactive)
5 = Telematic Europa (Remote Feed Voltage for Microphone inactive)
6 = Telematic US (Remote Feed Voltage for Microphone inactive)
7 = Base Plate diagnostic capable with Comfort Control
0xxxx?x: Equipment I
1 = Tuner not installed
2 = Digital-Radio installed
3 = Satellite-Radio installed
4 = Satellite and Digital-Radio installed
5 = Analog Input (AUX) installed
7 = Satellite-Radio & Analog Input (AUX) installed
0xxxxx?: Equipment II
1 = TV-Tuner/CD-Changer/Multi-Function Steering Wheel not installed
2 = TV-Tuner installed
3 = CD-Changer installed
4 = TV-Tuner and CD-Changer installed
5 = Multi-Function Steering Wheel installed
6 = TV-Tuner and Multi-Function Steering Wheel installed
7 = CD-Changer and Multi-Function Steering Wheel installed
8 = TV-Tuner and CD-Changer and Multi-Function Steering Wheel installed
Adaptation Channel 001: Tire Circumference
The tire circumference is beeing adapted in "mm".
Channel 002: Wheel Pulse The wheel pulse describes the amount of wheel pulses per revolution. If value 0 is entered the system calibrates automatically itself after several kilometers and inputs a value.
43 = Audi A3 (8P) / Audi TT (8J)
45 = Audi A4 (8E)
Channel 003: Language (Screen)
0 = German
1 = English (UK)
2 = French
3 = Italian
5 = Spanish
6 = Portuguese
7 = English (UK)
Channel 004: Back-Up Camera
0 = Back-Up Camera not installed
2 = Back-Up Camera installed
Channel 005: Speed Threshold (Video Input)
0 = max. 0 kph or 0 mph
1 = max 5 kph (Standard for Europe)
Channel 007: Options Channel 008: Volume Characteristic Channel 010: Region
0 = Europe/North America
1 = Australia/South America
2 = South Africa
Channel 011: Language (Speech Recognition)
0 = German
1 = English
2 = French
3 = Italian
5 = Spanish
Channel 018: Start Screen The start screen setting has to correspond with the control
module coding, e.g. a S3 start screen doesn't work with an A4 coding.
0 = Standard Start Screen
1 = Audi S3 Start Screen
2 = Audi S4 Start Screen
3 = Audi RS4 Start Screen
4 = Audi TT Start Screen
5 = Audi R8 Start Screen
Channel 065: Read Test Channel 066: Self Test Channel 067: CD/DVD Drive
I take it the cartridge will not eject
If so press and HOLD eject button insert credit card or similar under cartridge push firmly in and move left/right
This locates micro release switch
Make sure nobody has inserted discs upside down
Try getting a cd cleaning tool come with a disk with tiny brushes on it and cleaning solution to clean the eye or if you are using burned cds try and see what format you are buring such as mp3s mp4s some cd player only will play a certain formats such as mp3s.