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I used this info to fix my bose. I hope it helps you too. Problem: CD changer case will not eject and motor is constantly running.
Resolution: I took the entire case off of my Lifestyle 20 system as the CD Changer Manual Release (found on the bottom of the unit. Open by inserting small jeweler type screwdriver) would not work. Remove all silver covers by carefully prying (glued on). Remove the there phillips head screws in-line from left to right. Use a slot screw driver to pop the tabs under the end silver covers. You now have access to the motor that drives the CD changer. The problem was the plastic gear on the motor had slipped where it was no longer engaging. I pushed the gear back in place. The CD went back in the case and everything functions properly. Of course, the gear could slip again in the future as I did nothing more than push it back in place. Poor design especially considering Bose is supposed to be top of the line. Word of caution - when removing the case four springs used for vibration reduction will fall out. They are not difficult to reinstall - just be aware they are present.



I was able to pry open the top panel that is held in with four plastic "Christmas-Tree" type retainers used to hold car interior panels to the doors. I inserted a small flat blade and little by little I got each side up and off. There was a piece of double sided sticky tape near the front just behind the display panel also holding down the top cover. I removed the four screws holding down the CD mechanism and lifted it out, which was resting on four springs. I found a little delrin gear that had slid to the end of the motor shaft, not meshing with it's mate gear. I slid the gear back down the shaft to mesh with the other gear, but noticed the gear slid very easily. Closer look found the gear had a tiny slpit from one end to the other along the shaft. Since no parts are available, I used some epoxy to not only glue the gear to the shaft, but also put epoxy around the hub of the gear to help hold it together. Delrin is a very sturdy material and I expect this to last for quite a while. I cleaned the rubber rollers and blew out all of the dust. I found the manual magazine release hole just under and to the left of the eject button. I drilled a small hole in the front of the unit housing to allow a paper clip to access the release with the unit assembled. All works great and once again enjoying my Bose Lifestyle 25 system. If the gear comes completely apart, I feel there are ways to find a replacement gear.

Posted on Jul 06, 2009

  • tsz4 Jan 01, 2011

    my unit is 10 years old now and this was its first problem. Like yours, the delrin gear moved to the front of the shaft. I visually inspected the gear and it appeared intact. Slid it back on the shaft, it was very easy, I can't explain how the shaft hold on to the gear, but it appears to work. Tried it out a few times while open and all is good.

    I am a little surprised at the construction of the unit - for a relatively expensive piece of kit, it does appear cheap inside.

    The only other issue I had previously - at no fault of Bose - was a lightning strike, which took out the bass/amp unit. Bose service, albeit expensive, was good.

    The RF remote control is a bit fussy and there are a lot of areas in the room where it doesn't work. I have relayed the cables, but without improvement. Perhaps somebody out there has suggestions.

    For the rest, great system - 10 years and going strong!

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First you do is to unplug the cord of your CD unit for 5 hours in order to drain the stored current,the purpose is to reset the unit. After the 5 hours plug the CD see to it if it open If not,just try to press down on the stop button and pressing eject button at same time and it will unlock the tray .Then the other option is to open the cover of the CD unit and unplug the unit again to avoid electricshock . When open already look for the disc platter moved it outward while driving the gear or simply push out. The drawer or door of the CD player and you will see a small circular disc which is often called turntable or disc platter.When the disc platter is out push it back and push it out you do this three times so the slider mechanism align it properly.If you do already what i said then plug it again and if works already closed the cover. The slider mechanism, depending on the age of the unit and the manufacturer, consists of the small chrome rail, a drive motor, a small gear assembly, and (in some units) a small belt that drives the slider unit via the motor. This small belt causes all sorts of problems. If the belt is broken or slipping, it can cause skipping, dropouts, or simply no start up at all. Also, if the belt breaks in the middle of the disc, the drive mechanism gets hair or dirt wrapped up into the gears, or the pick-up assembly doesn?t return to the start position (called home), the unit will (99% of the time) refuse to release the disc, causing it to become stuck inside the unit. There?s a little micro or leaf type switch located at home position that sometimes gets dirty or breaks and, causing this problem also. Hope it may help you; Regards; VOTIT DONT FORGET TO RATE;

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There are do it yourself instructions available at www.AnyoneCanFixIt.com that steps you through the process to fix this with detailed pictures of each step.

Posted on Aug 26, 2009

  • wkeller24 Aug 26, 2010

    why pay for the information already above.. any links to AnyoneCanFixIt should be remove! they only copy others advise and sell it!

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SOURCE: Bose Lifestyle 30 6-cd changer magazine manual release?

hi, you can release the magazine by inserting a small flat head screwdriver in the slot and pushing the lever towards the back of the unit, this will release the cd but only if ther is not one stuck in the player as it will remain halfway between the mag and the cdplayer. don't force it to comae out. remember to obviously have the dorr to the player open before you try this.

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