The factory original Ford 6-CD players can be removed with the help of a simple pair of tools that can be purchased online for around $10 or I just bought a set from the car electronics section of my local Walmart for $4.50. The tools look like a pair of "U"-shaped rods with machined ends. They insert into the faceplate of the radio in the small holes you'll see on the right and left-hand sides of the radio head unit. Insert the rods just until they make a slight click sound, then drawing them apart slightly, pull the entire head unit out. you might have to remove two hidden screws from below the head unit; the screws protrude below the radio, downward directly toward the ashtray.
On another blog I read that when the 6 disc changer is whirring, just after startup. hit it on the disc slot. Mine was broken anyway so I tried it . And it worked. Had to hit it a few times with the palm of my hand, but it is playing fine. Good luck
I had the same problem. It was trying to eject the Cd and getting hung. A lot of times when you get the CD Error message the door will be open a little. I took a CD and pushed it in and caught the edge of the hung CD. Once I connected, I just pushed a little to free it up and then it kicked it out. It happened about 5 times to me. I actually had to go in and remove the CD player once and manually remove the CD. Kind of a pain.
I have the same problem with my 2002 Explorer Sport. I also ended up with a corrosion problem on the step panels which ford will correct if less than 36K miles. I have decided I will buy NO more FORDS, and switch to NISSAN or some other reliable company. Is ashame since I have purchased FORDS for the past 35 years.
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If it's jammed then the only way to eject it is to remove the cover of the unit to expose the changer mechanism. Locate the problem cd and remove it by hand. Close it all up and see if the problem is solved by loading another CD.
sounds like the tray inside was misaligned when the cd went in. and it probally sent the disc into a occupied slot. you will have to remove radio and disassemble to repair. also try just unpluging radio and plug back in. sometimes it resets the radio and will start ejecting the cds
I just fixed my 2005 RX330 CD changer jam, and saved $800-1000. It was easy, if you first spend $6 at:
Here you will find pics and instructions on how to remove the stereo/changer. Mine was a Pioneer, and the stereo came out in 5 minutes. I could not find instructions how to take it apart, so I experimented a little. The secret was to take the top lid off the changer - 9 little screws, and a piece of black tape. Under the lid, I found my problem - a CD had been inserted too soon (the WAIT sign actually means what it says!), and I just lifted it off the top plate. Under the plate I could see 2 more CDs, in the 6 slot holder, but they seemed to be free and not jammed. So without reassembling the stereo, I plugged it back in. The changer cycled, I hit eject twice to get the other CDs out, and all is well.
This is going to sound stupid, but mine (2002 EB Explorer V8) had the same problem, and I expected it was some kind of mechanical problem (could hear motors TRYING to push CDs out). So, figuring that the next step was to get an aftermarket stereo anyway, I punched the front of it with my fist over and over while pushing eject between each punch, and to my surprise, after about 30 seconds, the whole thing was fine. It's been fine for the 2 months since then, too.. I wouldn't recommend this unless you're ready to give up and your next step is to trash the radio!!
I have a 2002 Ford explorer and a 6 disc cd changer, all slots are full, no CD's will eject or play. I just took my car to a local body shop, they went under the hood, disconnected my battery, plugged it back up and my CD's came out when I pushed the eject button
I have an '03 Explorer with the 6 disc changer. It does the same thing. Many times, you can set the radio to "FM1" and hold down buttons 3 and 6 on the radio. This will put the unit into self diagnostic mode. After it runs the diag., turn off the ignition and remove the key for at least 30 seconds. Sometimes it takes a couple times but it always works on mine.
Try to disconnect battery contacts and connect it back. Check also if there is an emergency opening device. In some model you have a pin hole underneath the cd tray. push a staple tip inside the hole, and this will release the cd. If the tray still does not open, you may need to have a repairman opening your stereo at your local service point.