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How to Remove a Stuck CD from Your Car CD Player

  • Tips for car owners
  • Silas Smith
  • 5 minutes

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You know how frustrating it can be to find a CD stuck in your car CD player. It wouldn’t come out no matter how many times or how hard you hit the eject button. But did you know that some tricks and patience could easily get it done?  

A mechanic could be your last resort when all attempts to remove a stuck CD from the player fail. But today, we’ll tell you a few easy steps to resolve the problem yourself to help you get back to enjoying music again. 

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Ways to remove a stuck CD in a CD player

Electrical reset 

An electrical reset is one of the easiest methods to remove a stuck CD from the CD player in your car. Follow these simple steps to do it.  

  • Step 1: Find the negative terminal of your car battery and disconnect it. Now wait for 1-2 minutes. 
  • Step 2: Reconnect the cable to the negative terminal.  
  • Step 3: Turn on the car stereo and check if the CD comes out. Repeat the process a few more times if it doesn’t come out.  
  • Step 4: If you have successfully ejected the CD, try inserting and playing it to ensure the system works perfectly.  

Using the Power and Eject buttons 

  • Step 1: Press and hold the power button for a while. You might be able to see that the CD will try to eject a bit when you do this. 
  • Step 2: Push the slightly ejected CD in using a thin object, like an old credit card.  
  • Step 3: Now, press the eject button and check if the CD comes out fully.  

Try repeating the steps a few more times if it didn’t work the first time.  


Using another CD 

A CD can get stuck inside the player in a way it cannot get ejected if the releasing mechanism does not have enough grip. In this case, you can try inserting another CD on top for a better grip.  

  • Step 1: Insert another CD about 1 inch into the slot. Make sure that the second CD is on top of the stuck CD.  
  • Step 2: Apply some pressure on the second CD to improve the grip of the release system on the stuck CD. Now press the eject button. 

The CD must have been ejected by now if the issue is with the grip mechanism.  

Using a knife 

You can also use a thin knife to try ejecting a stuck CD on a car CD player. Follow these steps for the same.  

  • Step 1: Insert the knife into the CD slot. Make sure that you insert it under the CD.  
  • Step 2: Apply some pressure on the CD to lift it and pop it out. Understand that this won’t be easy and will take some time and effort to pull it out. 
  • Step 3: If the CD comes out, put it back into the slot, play it, and see if it works.  

However, if the CD doesn’t come out, it’s better to take it to a qualified mechanic who can do it for you with specialized tools.  


Using an old credit card and a screwdriver 

This method is similar to using a knife. The only difference is that you need to use an additional tool, i.e., a screwdriver, to pull the CD out.  

  • Step 1: Gently insert the credit card under the CD and move to its center 
  • Step 2: Now lift the card a bit to create a small gap between the CD and the loading tray 
  • Step 3: Insert a flathead screwdriver into this gap and apply pressure to the CD. This will pop out the CD.  

Removing a stuck CD from a player using tape 

Sticking double-sided tape onto a thin object like a knife or a stick is another option to safely pull out a stuck CD. 

  • Step 1: Wrap a thin double-sided tape around a knife or a stick.  
  • Step 2: Gently insert this into the CD player. Ensure that the knife/stick is on top of the CD. 
  • Step 3: Now, push the stick down and apply some pressure on the CD. 
  • Step 4: After ensuring that the CD is firmly stuck to the taped knife, slowly pull the CD out. 

However, this method is not recommended for players with a multi-CD changer feature.  


How to remove a damaged CD from my car’s CD Player? 

You can remove a damaged CD from a CD player by pulling it out with a pair of needle-nose pliers. Insert the pliers into the center hole of the CD and gently pull back to take the CD out of the player. However, make sure to do this process gently so that you don’t damage any sensitive components.  

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