The unit will not eject the cassette out of the shuttle unit - it comes up on the screen with ERROR. It just beeps when you press the eject button. The shuttle unit is jammed open and will not go back in. It has 3 CD's in the cassette.
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If you can power on the unit, and press the eject button still, then this how-to should work for most standard in-dash units. (There is also a tiny black button behind most face-plates on aftermarket stereos that you can press with the end of an opened-out paper clip, should your eject button not work.)
Take a blank/useless CD (such as AOL free trial CD's, you can get them in a plethora of amounts in Best Buy) and place it about 1 inch deep into the slot.
Press the 'Eject' button and gently wiggle the CD around. If this doesn't work, repeat and try to get the blank CD below the the jammed CD, and gently pry the target CD upwards.
Sometimes, unusual amounts of pressure may be on the unit, behind the dash itself. Have a professional or a friend that you trust remove the dash unit and try steps #2 and #3.
Get a 1 inch to 2 inch wide putty knife and wrap tape around it with the sticky side of the tape on the outside of the knife. Use a strong tape like Gorilla tape for best results. The knife is typically tappered so that if you wrap the tape tight enough it will not slide off the end
Get a piece of paper and stick it to one side of the knife. Trim with scissors. You now have a thin sticky knife you can slide into the CD player opening.
Insert knife into CD player with sticky side down trying to get it to go on top of the CD that is stuck. Press down gently to get the tape to stick to the CD.
Gently lift up and pull the knife out. Hopefully the CD will come with it. You might try hitting the eject button if it doesn't work the first time...
With the heel of your hand, slam it into the front of the CD player.
This method worked only after I pressed the eject button which resulted in the CD not ejecting at all or only becoming visible a very little bit - too little to grab with fingers or pliers.
Get a stiff plastic "card" - like a drivers license but a bit thinner. Put double-sided scotch tape on one side of the card, near the edge of one of the two narrow ends of the card.
Get a thin-stemmed flat head screwdriver (short is better).
With the sticky side of the card facing down, stick it into the **** ABOVE the stuck CD. You may have to use the screwdriver to ensure the card goes in above the CD and does not stick to the CD until after you get 1/2 to 3/4 inch of the card in above the CD.
With the card still in there, insert the thin flat screwdriver ON TOP of the card and gently press down on the card. This causes the tape on the bottom side of the card to stick to the top side of the stuck CD.
Remove the screwdriver and then slowly pull the card out. The CD should come with the card.
Hi John, when you think about it, it could only be one of two things either the bus lead or the RCAlead as everything is in them leads to run the cd unit, So check that all leads are secure to see what happens.
slide a knife in the cd drawer, in a slightly downward manner......get a pair of tweezers, then press eject on the cd unit, when u feel the cd moveing slightly against the knife, put in the tweezers and grab the cd............may take 1 or 2 tries
I would pull off cover, unscrew and remove top carriage of tray and remove your disc. While your at it you should take cotton swab and dip it in rubbing alcohol and clean the laser lens. Then reinstall carriage and top cover and try using it again.
Since you've been trying things for so long, you may not mind another, unless you've tried it already.You'll need someone to help you.
Try using a volt meter on the main power to the changer. (If the changer is din mowered only, this can't be done) and when toy power up the head unit by ignition or other method, read the voltage on the main power wire (yellow?). Tell me what it shows. Also, the "turn on" wire for the unit is usully in with the data cable to the unit, and won't be able to check that.
Also try to read BOTH the acc AND the power wire on the head unit while turning on.
When you read the voltges, make sure that you use the ground ON THE CHASSIS of the componant that you are checking. "Maybe" you have a voltage variance like you said d to a weak ground at one of the units? I'm just troubleshooting as I would if you had brought it to me. Let me know again. Thanks.
** Note- Have you actually reset bothe the head unit and changer?
You need to visit Alpines' site to download the owner's manual for your unit. In the mean time here is some info from the troubleshooting guide for your error code.
• Mechanism error. 1. Press the "eject" button and eject the CD. If not ejecting, consult your Alpine dealer. 2. When the error indication remains after ejecting, press the "eject" button again. If the error indication still does not turn off after pressing the "eject" button for a few times, consult your Alpine dealer. Note When the "- - - E" is displayed: In case that the disc cannot be ejected by pressing the "eject" button, press the RESET switch (refer to page 4) and press the "eject" button again. If not ejecting, consult your Alpine dealer.