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I have a fairly old SL-PG440 - the nearest to that I could find on the list. For some time the tray has been sticking intermittantly but now tries to come out and does not succeed. It seems to be a mechanical problem. I tried to repair it but could see nothing obviously wrong. Tony Reuvers (Sandton, Johannesburg, South Africa)

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  • antonair Jan 04, 2011

    I got so frustrated with the CD player that I again stripped the unit and found a perfectly simple explanation for the "sticking" - one that may be of interest to you - the round rotating disc against which the disc is pressed during operation is covered with a hard foam rubber.

    Through the aging process the rubber attached itself to the CD and thus did not allow the tray to eject. I have tried to clean the foam rubber which has helped to some extent but I may replace it with a local product that I will have cut to suit.



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Mechanism problems with sets such as this are quite tricky to handle. When the mechanism seems to have problems coming out it usually is as a result of poor friction between the surfaces for the mechanism which enables the unit to roll out and in effectively. Since you say the unit is fairly old the first possible problem is wear and tear on the mechanical grids which control the movement of the tray.
Also the problem could have been caused by lack of enough power from the propeller which power the mechanism which controls the in and out movement of the tray. ALso a little grease on the mechanism would help.
But if it doesnt come out at all then the problem is with the propeller and you need an expert to help replace that with a stronger one.
Hope this solution has been helpful?

Posted on Jan 02, 2011


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