So yesterday morning I hit the eject button on CD 1 of my 6-CD changer in my 2002 Escape. It acts like it's going to eject, but the CD gets stuck halfway. It's not out so I can grab it, but it's not inside to where it's loaded. I might mention that this was a burned CD, not that it should really make a difference. Now the door on the CD changer is wide open, the CD is in there, but not really in there, and I can't listen to any of my CDs! GRR!!!
So here's what I've tried doing... I tried loading the CD again. It says "CD error". I try to eject the thing, and it says there's no CD in the slot. I can't reach in there to grab the CD (believe me, I tried). It's officially stuck.
The local Ford dealership says that it will cost at least $600 to pull out the stereo and send it out to the east coast to be looked at, and that doesn't include the cost to actually repair the thing. I'm at my wits end, and going crazy with commercials on my 1.5 hour daily commute. Anyone have words of advice to help me with my problem?
I have the same problem. My solution is kind of ghetto. I keep a butterknife in the car. If it starts trying to eject and I notice it gets stuck, I stick the tip of the butterknife into the cd player and push up. Usually this will unstick the cd and it will continue ejecting.
As for cds that are already stuck, you can take two butterknives and pull it out, but this usually scratches the cd.
my problem is simply that I jammed 2 cds in at once, and can't get them to eject. I wonder if I should proceed to the butterknife solution, hmmm...does sound kind of ghetto, but at this point I'll sacrifice the cds...
I've had the problem a little bit in my 01 Escape with my single disc changer. I think it may just be some moisture in there. It straightened itself out after a couple days. Or, if you want to listen to it now, try turning the car off putting the cd in and starting it again and it should play. Sorry the reply for this is sooooo after the fact but I just signed up. Hope you didn't have to fork out the 600.
Mine does the same thing, just on burned cds. Can't afford a new player right now. I keep an envelope handy. If you stick the edge of an envelope in the cd player, just under the cd to lift it, it will come out and you won't scratch your cds.
If you are using burned CD's with labels on them, that is probably the issue. When I test-drove the 04 I eventually bought, it had the same problem. It seems the labels really gum it up. I had the dealership replace the unit before I purchased the car. No problems since.
Have a 2002 escape with a 6-cd changer. It went awol after spitting out (barely) a cd, perhaps I freaked it out by pulling the CD ahead of it being fully out, but it appeared to be hesitating. Anyway, from then on it showed the dreaded "CD ERROR" and wouldn't reset. Rather than yanking the whole radio out so I could work on it, with the 4-nails-in-the-little-ports-to-release trick, I took off the negative terminal from the car battery, waited a few moments, then reattached. That did it, the player reset. The problem began after listening to a full CD. Wife says it sometimes had freaked in the past but calmed down by itself later. That would indicate perhaps it had gotten too hot and then cooled down. But this last time it needed the battery terminal to reset.
Last edited by escapist; 09-15-2008 at 20:45.
Mine does the exact same thing from time to time. I dont use any burned CDs, so that isn't the culprit (at least for me).
My solution is just as ghetto, but requires no tools. I just hit the top of the dashboard with my fist as soon as I see it's having problems. Usually doesn't take a whole lot.
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