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A dirty lens on the laser of the CD player or 6 dirty discs. Since it is not likely 6 dirty discs, you have nothing to loose by taking the screws off the back and sides to remove the top cover and try to find the lens. Get a can of "compressed air" and spray it all over the inside of the unit to romove dust bunnies as you work. Take digital photos as you go so you remember how to put it back together.
Good luck, have fun and look at all the neat gears and little motors this thing uses to open the door, close the door, spin the disc, ...
Its really amazing how many parts are in these things for the price they charge these days.
Alternatively, you can bring it in to a local electronics repair shop but it will likely cost you as much as a new unit.
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hi i recently bought a lexus ls400 and it the trunk it has a ten disc cd changer by the steering wheel in the car is this little black box that keeps reading E-99 evertime i press play on this odd little box that is the control device to make the cd's play i've put the cd 's in the changer upside down right side up testing it and still the little black cd player play button/disc change button keeps saying E-99 my question is, is it a fuse or is this cd player thing near the stearing wheel just a peiece of garbage please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any idea why this is doing this because i can't play any cd's theres no cd player where the cd/tape decks usually are in cars in the middle above the column shift. it would mean the world to me if you could help me out with any information as to why this brand new sony ten disc cd changer is giving issues to the cd player thing next to the stearing wheel on the right it's kind of hidden but it just won't stop saying e-99 no matter how brand new a cd i put in the changer thank you your friend john bunce
Here are the wiring codes for the VT, VN-VT Commodores:
Accessory (12V) Yellow
Battery (12V) Orange/White
Ground (earth) Black/White
Antenna power (12V) Yellow/Red
Front Left + Tan
Front Left - Grey
Front Right + Light Green
Front Right - Dark Green
Rear Left + Brown/Black
Rear Left - Yellow/Blue
Rear Right + Blue/Orange
Rear Right - Blue/Black
Antenna Up White (VR-VT)
Antenna Down Blue (VR-VT)
Phone Mute Yellow/Black (VT)
Dimmer In (12V) Brown/White
Dimmer Out (12V) Grey (VT)
if you are handy at fixing things unhook the cd player, unbolt it, carefully remove screws holding the unit and remove the actual cd player, now remove many tiny screws to open the unit out of the case, look for various wheels and try to turn them, do not force any of them. usually the wheel allowing the motion to move to various tracks on cd gets locked. if you can move it, most likely you solved your problem. put evrything back in the same order.
Clean the lens. Use only a special CD lens cleaner and follow the instructions carefully. If that seems intact, (and you feel comfortable doing it) check the traverse assembly (the metal rod that the laser travels along
and the gear that drives it) if CDs aren't recognized or won't play,
frequent skipping occurs at random, CDs randomly get stuck in one spot,
the player can't find tracks correctly, or cleaning the lens doesn't
work. Dust and lint may be interrupting its function.
If that doesn't work then have the laser-head assembly checked by a repair person if the traverse
assembly seems intact and free of debris.