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Rubber band; cd drive

I need to replace the rubber band that connects an electric motor to a gearing mechanism that opens and closes a cd drive. Would be an easy fix. But I can't find where to buy these little suckers.Any ideas where I could pick one up?

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    you could use an o ring from an auto supply house,as long as it is not too tight as it burn out the motor bearing,use a rubber band from a pack available at the dollar store,or look up the authorized service centre in the yellow pages,they will be able to get one or may have one in stock if your cd player is a major brand like panasonic ,philips etc.

    you for sure have the problem figured out...i used to see alot of philips like that and sony


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