80 Series LC, CD player problem

Submitted: Monday, May 10, 2004 at 19:31
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having a problem with my CD player. Every time we insert a CD it accepts it but then spits it out again. Has any one had the same problem ? Is it easy to fix ?
Thanks in advance
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Reply By: Max - Sydney - Monday, May 10, 2004 at 20:53

Monday, May 10, 2004 at 20:53
Yep - same model, same problem. Turned out to be accumulated dust on the laser thingo. We bought a "Radio Shack Laser Lens Cleaner" from Tandy, used it according to the instructions (bit fiddly but took about half a minute).

From memory it cost 30 bucks, which is a bargain compared with going to a repair place.

Hope it works for you.

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Follow Up By: Member - George (WA) - Monday, May 10, 2004 at 21:08

Monday, May 10, 2004 at 21:08
Hi Max,
Thanks for the info, I tried a disk cleaner which is basically a CD with some sort of cleaning pad and brush on it. Unfortunately it did not work. Not sure if there are better cleaning devices on the market.
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Follow Up By: Max - Sydney - Monday, May 10, 2004 at 21:56

Monday, May 10, 2004 at 21:56

Your problem could be different from mine of course, but part of the fiddling with this thing (which is a CD with a couple of little brushes) was that you had to get it on to "track 3" - all of which happened even when it was all dusted up. You might try jumping a couple of tracks while it is spinning and see if that works. I presume that puts the laser out in line with the brushes

If that doesn't work, its probably time to pay money to a repairer rather than going to buy another one.

Good luck
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Reply By: Member - Jiarna (SA) - Tuesday, May 11, 2004 at 00:21

Tuesday, May 11, 2004 at 00:21
Hi George

I assume you mean the OE item that came with the vehicle. We ended up slinging ours in the dump and putting in a Pioneer CD controller and a 6-disc stacker, all for less than Toyota's price for a replacement unit. The problem was that the laser tracking gizmo was worn and couldn't track on the CD, so the CDs were getting ejected as they weren't recognised (or something like that). Maybe it could have been fixed, but the Pioneer system we have now is much better.

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Follow Up By: ross - Tuesday, May 11, 2004 at 01:19

Tuesday, May 11, 2004 at 01:19
Yes John this I think is the most common problem.My Sony has started doing it on some cd s more than others.
Better to buy new than repair.
A wise choice of budget items can get a surprisingly good sound if its set up right.
The original units are probably a common brand like Phillips
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Reply By: Cammo - Tuesday, May 11, 2004 at 08:20

Tuesday, May 11, 2004 at 08:20
I had the same problem. However, after taking it to Toyota to get fixed, they found about $1.40 in 20 cent pieces in it that my 2 year old had at some point stuck down there. They charged me 20 bucks to fix it.
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Reply By: Member - George (WA) - Tuesday, May 11, 2004 at 17:36

Tuesday, May 11, 2004 at 17:36
Thanks to everyone that have replied with suggestions.
I have tried everything, not able to get the counter to show what track it is on.
Finally came to the conclusion, as most of you have suggested, ditch the old one and replace it with a new unit.
Any suggestions on Manufacturer/type/cost

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Follow Up By: Member - Frank - Tuesday, May 11, 2004 at 18:17

Tuesday, May 11, 2004 at 18:17
I have just put in a pioner mp3/cd alows me to put about 180 to 200 songs one one cd certily helps to get rid of the glovebox problem


cost 360 latest model and 80 to fit
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Reply By: Member - Karl - Wednesday, May 12, 2004 at 12:53

Wednesday, May 12, 2004 at 12:53
Mate go for a slightly more expensive unit than a cheap one. You need to get one with good anti vibration system. I have an Alpine unit cost me about $400 all up to get fitted and it hasn't skipped a beat. It even plays the crappy music that my wife and daughter listen to - unfortunately.

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