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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
SOURCE: CD's are skipping when playing
Sounds like the laser lens is dirty or out of focus. You can take it apart and try cleaning the lens with a soft cloth and see it that works. If the focus is out of adjustment, that takes alot of patience and time. Never look directly at the laser with the case open. On the bottom or side of the laser lens, there are two small box looking gadgets about 1/4" square with tiny screw type adjusters in the center of them. These are potentiometers, they can develop dirty or burned spots over a period of time. Turning them slightly can give you better performance. If I remember right, one of the pots is for width and the other for height of the laser focus. You can identify them by the small ribbon cables that run to them. Try a very small turn on one and try playing the dvd. Mark with a marker a straight line across the pot and board to know where you started, believe me it helps. This can take quite a while and may or may not work. I find this to be the biggest fault with most dvd and cd players. I have fixed many this way. By the way, I use a jewelers screwdriver. They have small plastic ones for these, but they are hard to come by. Good luck.
Posted on Dec 17, 2008
Unscrew the top of the unit and then you should be able to access the cd that is stuck. Then you might have to play with it to get the CD out of the reader.
Posted on May 02, 2009
According to the Ford Handbook Error Message E3 is "Mechanical Error " and their suggestion is "Install a new Audio Unit "....which is not very helpful
There`s not much that can be done as a D-I-Y solution with these CD Units apart from cleaning the laser lens with a cleaning disk+solution (from your local audio Store or Ebay etc)....or a full reboot ...by disconnecting the unit from the battery for 20 minutes , replacing it and hoping that it will have reset itself.
Make sure you have the correct radio code before attempting this disconnection procedure ( If not, just post the Serial Number (found on a label on the casing) and someone will calculate the correct code.
Posted on Sep 01, 2009
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