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Cd player and hot (high temperature) CD's

I have a 2005 Equinox and live in Houston TX. i keep CDs in the car and they get really HOT in the summer. I recently put a HOT CD in my cd-player, and the cd player, which had just been working, would not read the CD. I had the CD/radio replaced and was able to play a CD in it just fine. Then, I stupidly put another hot CD in it, and the brand new player did exactly the same thing - wouldn't play it.
Can a hot CD fry the CD reader?

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As with all electronics... anything can happen (even unexplained). There are two things to think abou tin this expensive experience.

  1. 1.CD's are made of plastic and metal... excessive temperature can cause them to warp, but not as bad as the old vinyl.
  2. Mosy electronics have an acceptable operating temperature. Although the unit may work outside these limits, it is not recommended. ex:My Sony DVD R/W has a range of about 40-95 F. Being in Houston I am sure the upper limit is reached OUTSIDE the car. Inside you are probably pushing 120+.
It may not be convenient but if you have to leave discs in the car, try putting them in a case in the trunk, out of direct sunlight. And let things cool down inside the car before trying the CD player.

I have not seen this before but like I said, anything is possible.


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