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Clarion PF2851B-A car radio will not play or eject cds.

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  • sjyoung Jul 12, 2008

    Unit has power, when eject button is depressed, it attempts to eject with no success. It is filled with 6 CD's. Any ideas? Thanks!

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Is this a stock OEM radio (came with the car when it was new)? I don't recognize the model number and that may be why. I work at an authorized Clarion service center and have never seen that model number.

If your radio has a reset button you can try that. The reset button is usually a very small (about 1/8 inch across) circular button that is not labed and can only be pressed with the tip of an ink pen or something similar.

It is not likely that this will help, but it is worth trying.

You may also need to enter the security code it has one, sometimes resetting a radio will cause this to happen. If you do reset the radio, you will need to re-enter all your preset stations and adjust the clock again because it sets everything back to factory defaults.

If this does not help, you will need to take it in to a service center to get it repaired. I have been repairing car audio systems for nearly 18 years and can tell you with certainty that there is no easy fix for these type of problems except a reset which rarely works.

It could have a bad voltage regulator, a bad motor in the mech, a bad sensor, or any number of other things that can cause your current problem.

If this is a OEM factory radio, you would save money by just buying a new aftermarket radio that will have more bells and whistles than the factory radio normally has, and a decent radio would only cost about $100 to $175. A repair of a factory radio usually costs more than that.

If you have any more questions I would be happy to answer them for you, just respond with another post to this thread.

If you have found this free information helps and gives you the information you need to make an informed decision, a rating of "FixYa!" would be the proper rating since there is no easy fix for this problem.

Thanks, and have a great day.

Dave

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    Dave DeGain Jul 12, 2008

    So this is a 6 disc changer? If so, I have seen a common problem with them that causes them to not eject and not play a disc. There is a gear under the board that is on the bottom of the changer. It is not an easy thing to fix, you must be vefry careful taking the unit apart and then putting it back together again. The gear is right at the loading motor. It slips out of place and all you get is the sounds of the motor running and nothing else. The motor runs, but it does not engage the other gears due to the gear being out of place by just a fraction of an inch. It can't load a disc or even eject the magazine. When you find the loading motor, you will see a gear that conncts to it, sometimes you can just push it back into place and it will work just fine. Other times, you must push it back in place and then use a very, very, small touch of super-glue on the gear only at the spot it is held on to the metal is is attached to. This gear gets moved out of place by just using the changer. Nothing you have done to cause it. The adhesive that holds it in place has broken loose. If you get any glue on anything but the spot where the gear is held in place, you can cause the changer to not function right. It can not get into the teeth of the gear at all. It will jam up when it gets to that spot.



    This is something that a good technician can fix in about an hour or less, so a repair cost may not be very high, under $100, my shop would charge about $65, but we are a very honest place that likes repeat business.



    Let me know if you want to try it yourself and I will try to guide you thru it, but beware, any mistakes made can cause much more damage to the unit than you have started out with. It is not always a good idea to try and fix something you have no experience working on. But if you have good mechanical skills, this is something you could do if you can remember the exact way it comes apart, so you can put it back together perfectly.



    Dave

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    Dave DeGain Jul 12, 2008

    I just looked up this model number on the Clarion Dealers website. This site is not open to the public, only authourzed service centers and retail dealers of Clarion can get access to it.



    You must have a 2006 Subaru because that is the only car these radio/cd changer units were put in, as far as I can tell from the Clarion website.



    The information I gave previously is probably not valid for this unit.



    Here is a link to the service manual, I have uploaded it to my own website. You must have Adobe Reader to use it. You can get a free download of that here: http://www.adobe.com if you don't already have it.



    Here is the service manual:



    http://www.get1here.net/PF2851BA.pdf



    You will need this if you plan on taking it apart yourself, I urge you not to try this if you do not have experience at this type of work, it can cause more damage than you started with. It is very rare that this type of problem can be solved without some good troubleshooting skills, I have been repairing car audio systems for nearly 18 years and can tell you that there are not many people anywhere that know more about these type of units than I do. An easy fix is just not a realistic expectation.



    You will get more technical information from the service manual I am providing than from any other source here. It is not the owners manual or operating manual. It is for a technician to use when they must repair one of these. After looking it over, you may then decide it is a better idea to take it to a service center to have it repaired. These are very diificult units to work on, even for an experienced technician.



    If you do take it to a service center, you may want to take them this service manual for them to use, unless they are an authorized Clarion service center they will not be able to get this manual.



    Let me know if you require any more help,



    Dave

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Take out the unit and remove the top cover - you can either do this by removing the torx screws at the back or by gentle force and bending the lid back. This will give you access to the cd's enabling you to remove them and reinstall the unit this will work

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This is a mechanical problem on your unit , so if you're familiar with it you can try dismantling it and check the inside parts that can be causing the problem..

Hope that helps.....

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You may want to try resetting the power on it to reset the deck. (either by disconnecting the car battery for 15mins or disconnecting the wires to the deck.)

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Does the unit have power ?
when you press the eject button, the cd appears to be stuck or the eject button is not responding

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