When the player was playing a CD, it suddenly sounded like a motor trying to operate against something jamming it. We could not stop the noise by turning off the power. We finally pulled the plug out of the wall. In trying the unit later, there was some more jammed motor sound and then the CD player does not work. The door does not open. I removed the side covers and released the from door and removed the disks that were still in the shuttle. Still no response. I can run the FM radio, I can push the CD# buttons and the number shows up, but no mechanical shuttling to run that CD. What next? Punt?
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Dust inside the cd player could be causing problems.
You need to try playing a cleaning cd and follow the instructions that come with it. You can also spray compressed air to clean out the cd portion of the stereo. You can also try unplugging the unit for 20 minutes and then plug it back in. Make sure your cds are clean and not too scratched up. If the unit is under a year old it may still be under warranty. If this does not resolve the issue you may have to have the unit professionally repaired. If the unit is not worth repairing you may need to buy another unit.
It may not be as random as you think. The cause of this type of failure is that there is a sled motor which drives a worm gear. This worm gear can accumulate dust and fuzz over time and the little motor in there is not a 1 horse power type device either. What happens is the pickup lens is scanning the data and at intervals it has to move a little bit to be able to read the disc again. If there is something that is resistive to the movement- hard grease or fuzz or the bad spot on the motor commutator then you come across this symptom. You might clear the problem for a while by putting a disc in and advancing it to the last track and then back to 1 a few times- this exercises the sled mechanism so that it may clear the debris that is stuck in the worm gear. If you continue to have a problem at intervals, then the sled motor needs to be changed and they are not so easily found and take a lot of labor to put in as they are buried deep in the mechanism. Just so you know.
Check if there is something jammed in your tray.Or it might be the wheels that might have gone unfunctional. There is a small hole on the tray where you can stick a pin or something small to eject.It might only be once that this problem is happening.So try it.
First, and the best choice really, is to take it in for servicing.
Second, is to remove the chassis and try to determine if you've just
got a disc that's jammed the mechanism. If so, remove it and replace
the chassis and see if operation goes back to normal. If it doesn't
then there's a problem with the motor which opens the tray and you'd
have to take it in for servicing at that point.
This is an easy fix if you are somewhat handy.... The belt for the door/tray is slipping. If you remove the enclosure and face plate, you will see two motors below the disc drive. Press eject while observing the pulley to the left. You should see the problem with the motor shaft spinning and the belt slipping. Replacing the belt is possible without any further dissassembly. Simply bend some light wire into an L shape and you should be able to hook both pulleys and lace the new belt on. As far as obtaining a new belt I decided to do the simple thing and use a slightly smaller rubber band. The repair has held now for almost three months and the player is used everyday. Good luck.
Many times this comes down to 2 different issues. 1) the laser is dirtier than a CD cleaner can clean it. You will need to open it up and clean the lense using rubbing alcohol or denatured alcohol, I prefer denatured, and a "Q-tip". If this does not do it then you probably need to get the laser adjusted. If you have some expertise in opening and dissassembling equipment then I can walk you through it. If you do not then you are best to take it to a repair shop if the cleaning does not work.
rca does not sell just the laser it sells the base assy. it consistos of the laser & the spindle motor on the metal base. no circuit boards, thoes you will need to remove off of the old one. the list price from rca is $136.10 CDN. replacing the part is not too hard, but take a little time.
This sounds like it could need just a simple cleaning with a lens cleaner disc, or could be a bad spindle motor or spindle servo circuit, or the laser is getting weak, and last but not least It very well could be a damaged or dirty slider rail or motor assembly. In my opinion, the only one that is worth the money to try, would be the cleaning. Good Luck
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yes, 2 options:
find the hole that the door pushes when its closed...
its a small hole in one of the corners
inside the hole there is a small switch
or theres a small lever that the door pushes when its closed
push something that will push it permanently
(a piece of paper, glue it with superglue, be creative...)