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Two methods. 1. Remove three screws from each side and the mounting brackets (if applicable). You will have to pull the sides away from the rubber mount vibration dampner things and on the back there s a slot that says "open" where you will need to stick in a screwdriver and gently pry it open. You will also need to push a small screwdriver in the 3 slots on the top and bottom holding plastic clips that secure the front cover. This will let you pull of the plastic front cover. Once you have the cover and the sides and top off, you have to push the 4 spongy rubber supports in toward the unit. They will fit through the little hole. Then you need to carefully remove 2 springs (1 on each side attached at the center/top of each side) that supports the unit weight. Then you should be able to carefully rotate the player toward the back until you are looking at the bottom of the unit. There is still a ribbon cable attached at this point so don't drop anything or it will break. There is a large plastic geared wheel showing on the bottom. spin that wheel with your fingernail to make the CD retract into the magazine. Once it is in the magazine, there is a black small lever on the bottom near the back of the magazine. this holds the spring tension and as soon as you move the lever slightly to the side, the magazine will eject.
METHOD 2. I know all this because my unit died today and I took it apart. If yours is working, I would be willing to pay for shipping to get your unit to Colorado, I will remove your CD's and mail them back to you if I can keep the working CD changer :)
there are small drive belts that provide the power to operate the different parts to eject the CD magazine, i suggest you remove the covers and check these belts for slack/strech, it is a common reason for this problem
Hi Open top cover, if the empty magazine was left inside the cd trays it can slide out into the playing area and jam the unit, check it like that anyhow. Sometimes you can see a small metal tab to release the magazine. However Error1 means Battery inside CD Changer needs to be replaced. And NO CD.CD error message means No CD in magazine or no magazine in CD Changer.
To fix the problem, disconnect the CD changer. take off the top plastic slide cover, with a small screwdriver slowly move the gearing so that the CD disc holder will move back to the load - unload position. Pop out the CD holder. Replace unit, reconnect the optic and power lead, switch on radio and the unit will work again. grease the moving parts with light lubricant.
My local Lincoln Dealership wanted to dismount the actual Clarion CD changer (I thought, and unfortunately reported to you, that the CD changer manufacturer was the same as the radio/cassettee unit that is installed in my dash, Alpine) from my 99 Town Car and ship the unit out for repair for a minimum of $130.00. Instead, I went to a local Radio Shack franchise who installs/repairs car electronic audio/video systems and they: dismounted the unit from the trunk; took the dismounted unit to their workbench; removed all the housing, etc. and finally were able to manually extract the fully populated 6 CD magazine stuck within the CD changer. Additional efforts (including inserting my spare magazine into the CD changer while it was on the tech's work bench) to determine exactly why the magazine would not eject while the unit was connected via the cabling to the car's power, etc. were not productive. So I now have a totally unassembled non-functioning CD changer on my hands. The "CDEJ Error" on the LED area in the dash when the eject buttoon on the CD changer is pushed.still persists. The technician said that it would be a waste of his time and my money to re-assemble the parts of the CD changer. He believes that the motor on the unit has been burned up.
So I am now checking with all the local auto parts salvage yards (we used to call them junk yards) to see if anyone has a usable Clarion CD changer for a 1999 Lincoln Town Car available that would be plug compatible with my existing Alpine factory installed Premium CD/Cassette audio system and the former factory installed trunk mounted Clarion CD changer. The Radio Shack franchise technician has already checked with the Clarion factory people and they iindicated that they no longer have my Town Car installed CD changer model available, new, used, refurbished or otherwise.
For what it's worth, here are the part numbers and other potentially important data that appear on the "cage"/sheet metal/housing that surrounds the working parts of the CD changer itself:
Assembly Part Number: F8VF-18C849-AE
Part Number (presumably the "cage"?): F8VF-18C830-AE
Date Code: 0998
Serial Number: 0201832
Mounting Orientation: Vertical
System Revision Level: 9.2
So it looks like I may have a potentially very expensive replacement of my whole audio system on my hands. I have been quite happy with my somewhat "obsolete" audio system and I have a very large collection of CDs which I migrate between my Sony 300 CD CDP-CX350 Mega Changer installed in my entertainment center, my car Cd changer and my Sony CD/Cassette player boom box in my master bedroom.
It was suggested to me that if I have to replace the radio/cd/cassette unit installed in the dash of my Town Car that I should consider a replacement model that offers a port to receive Ipod programming as a source of music.
So things have gotten somewhat complicated since the first instance of the Cd magazine not ejecting from the Clarion CD change mounted in the trunk of my car.
Maybe someone out there on your knowledge base knows where I can acquire a used Clarion model CD changer compatible with my car's setup at a reasonable price.
Hi the alpine/merc/bmw cd changer all seam to suffer with the same problem, they say no disc, or no mag
try firmly hitting the mag with the handle of a screw driver. the loadinga arm, tends to get stuck.
you could try using some grease on the arms, and levers, white spray gease works best. but dont forget to cover the laser beforehand, you dont want grease on it :)