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Old 01-18-02, 10:57 PM   #1
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My Stock FD CD Player Won't Spin. Any Ideas?

I recently purchased a '93 Touring and the stock CD player doesn't seem to turn the CD. If I put a CD into the player, the player ejects it. If I put a CD lens cleaning device CD into the player, it is also ejected, but I have noticed that the CD has not been turned from the inserted position. Any ideas before I remove it and take it apart looking for answers?

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Old 01-18-02, 11:18 PM   #2
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Mine did the same thing not to long ago. I have no clue why. Options are getting it fixed for a decent sum, unless you can do it yourself, or get another CD player. I would highly suggest an aftermarket unit, almost anything will do fine. I put an older Kenwood in mine for the time being and it sounds so much better. You will find this is the opinion of almost everyone who has tried it. As long as your speakers/amps still work fine, you will be (at least I was) highly impressed with the stock system and an aftermarket head unit. Best of luck to you. If you do fix it, let us know. I have a nice stock CD player unit just sitting in my room waiting to get fixed
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Old 01-20-02, 04:31 PM   #3
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I've been told that it was caused by the arms that grab the cd being broken or problematic. My cd player did this too... so I got it warrantied out. Aftermarket systems always seem better in the FD's because the bose systems suck... but you could try pulling it apart and checking for broken parts yourself... Good luck
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Old 01-21-02, 09:09 AM   #4
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whenever it wont spin, yank the wheel of your car as hard as you can all the way to the left at 40 mph...the inertia should get it started....heh heh. Honstely, find a car audio store and find out how much they charge to fix it. if the price is even remotely near 100 bucks get a new, better cd player from said store or Best Buy or something.
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Old 01-21-02, 01:13 PM   #5
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Here's MY outlook on it....

A considerate amount of heat collects in that area. My factory CD player died, also. I took it apart, and realized some of the shafts were dry. The special grease that they use was no longer there. The eye was hardly even able to move. I was going to be purchasing another CD Head unit, so I didn't bother using the correct grease, but I DID use just regular grease on the shafts. It worked fine for a month or so but then it crapped out on me again. I wasn't going to bother fixing it again
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Old 02-02-02, 11:26 AM   #6
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Thanks guys! I tried to get the head units out, but they seem to be stuck after the clips click open. I will buy the right tools and try again. I understand that sometimes they are backstrapped to some rubber plug and I don't want to apply a lot of force until I know what I am up against.

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Old 02-05-02, 01:26 PM   #7
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If you want to know why the stock bose stereo head units are such crap and why silly things like this happen to them, then I will tell you. They're made by.........CLARION!!! Yep. That's right. All of my questions were answered when I found out who made the stock units for mazduh. If you don't want to get a brand new unit, get yours fixed, or get an aftermarket one, I still have my old stock unit I could sell you for cheap. I can't say it's in perfect condition or operates perfectly, but it will play cd's.
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Old 02-19-02, 08:16 AM   #8
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It wont spin because the spindle motor, the piece that spins the disc went bad. Thats usually, besides the optics going bad, is what breaks in CD payers of all sorts,
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What is wrong with Clarion? I used their headunit in my other car and never had any problems with it.
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I have a Blaupunkt Nevada cd player for sale, also a Panasonic CQDFX701, anyone interested??

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Old 02-21-02, 09:35 PM   #12
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I managed to get the CD Unit out. The tapered rubber guide plug mounted to the back of the unit was deformed and stuck. Some side to side shaking and pulling on the new hooks eventually did the trick.

I bought a sometimes faulty unit from a fellow with no guarantee and not much cost, and it played beautifully once and then wouldn't eject my Lenny Kravitz disk. So now I have a unit that will eject nicely and won't spin and another that did spin once, but won't eject.
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Old 03-08-02, 08:58 AM   #13
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Old 03-14-02, 11:02 AM   #14
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I now have a working, factory original CD player in my FD!

I found reason that the CD player wouldn't eject my Lenny Kravitz disk was that there was a stripped plastic gear that drives a rack-type gear. However, there may be other reasons that I haven't discovered why the plastic gear stripped in the first place. Trying to stop the ejection of a CD by hand might do it. I managed to eject the CD by dismantling part of the gear train and applying 12 Volts to the transport motor while holding a stop open.

I found the reason that the original unit wouldn't spin was that the laser pick-up was faulty. Apparently, you must have a laser signal to tell the solid-state,motor relay that a disk is in place before it will activate the motor that spins the disk.

There is a third motor in the system that moves the laser pick-up radially. All of the motors operate on 12 Volts and are easy to test.

Thanks guys for your help along the way.

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