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NAD CD player C 542

Recently purchased this player and the tray won't close... it's as if something is jammed inside. Closes about 3/4 of the way and then seems to hit against something. Help please!!

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SORRY but you need to get this to your dealer,don,t think anything is stuck in there just a faulty drawer mecanisim.

hope this helps.

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Having fixed thousands of CD players in my career, and also being a NAD Authorised service guy from 1989 till recent times, I can comment with some authority to your situation, and correct some of the ill found assumptions given to you already.

This unit uses a KSS213c transport. Very common and used in many machines, also relatively reliable.

The drawer load motor is not shown above. Is will be mounted on the black plastic load assembly. The drive belt/motor for it will be under the tray runners.
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I have never replaced a load motor to a Sony transport. Spindle motors can be a problem, but they never stop working altogether.

I would be checking the tray mechanics, a jam caused by something fouling the gears may cause a fail. Tap the front of the draw as you press eject to see if you can encourage it to work.
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Happy to discuss any of this further with you. As previously direct your comment to me by name. Cheers


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