How annoying it is to have a compact disc permanently stuck in your car stereo! Much as you may love your favourite music, you don't want to listen to the same CD over and over again. Of course, instead, you want to get it out as quickly as possible.
Force Eject Feature
Some cars are fitted with a mechanism that allows you to eject a stuck CD. If your car is fitted with this feature, turn off the ignition. Next, press your CD's eject and power buttons together. If this doesn't work, turn on the engine and repeat the procedure.
Use Reset Button
This is a hole on the front panel of your CD player. It may be hidden in some cars. In such a case, remove the front cover of your CD player to locate it. Insert a pin or straightened paper clip through this slot. Make sure you can feel the CD, and then try to push it out. If this fails, turn the CD player on, then try again.
Use Another CD
Turn on the player. Get a blank CD and stick it in the player above the stuck CD, an inch or two into the CD slot. You may feel the CD coming out. Press eject and wiggle it out. You may need to use tweezers but be careful not to damage your CD player. However, be ready to lose the CD.
Bang the Dashboard
If your CD player is located near the upper end of the dashboard, applying some pressure on the dashboard may help to eject the stuck CD. Bang on it and press the power button on and off at the same time. Be careful not to damage components in this area. If you have delicate parts in this area, you may want to skip this option.
Use knife and Tape
Get a small flat knife. Cover the knife with tape with the sticky side out. Secure it in place. Cut a small piece of printing paper to cover the knife and to enable it to slip into the CD slot without sticking.
Gently stick the knife into the compact disc slot with the adhesive side facing the stuck CD. Place it on the CD. Once you feel it sticking to the knife, gently pull out the knife.
You may dislodge that CD using the electrical system of the car or manually. But beware; you may damage your precious CD or player in the process. If you don't want to take that risk, go for professional car stereo repair.
If none of these work, you may need to visit a car audio repair specialist like Cutting Edge Audio. They can help you get your CD unstuck and also give you some options for upgrading that old CD player, once and for all.