How to release a stuck CD from a car's player

Updated April 17, 2017

As with any mechanical part, CD players can malfunction. One common problem that you might be experiencing is a CD stuck in your car's player. Although the unit might continue working, this is frustrating if you wish to listen to another CD or you want to use the CD that is stuck in the player elsewhere. You can use a few tricks to release the stuck CD without damaging your player. If you continue to have problems with CDs sticking in your player, consider purchasing a new CD player.

Switch off the vehicle and open the bonnet.

Put on a pair of safety glasses and disconnect the negative battery cable from the battery. Wait approximately 10 minutes. This resets the stereo system.

Reconnect the negative battery cable. Turn on the stereo system and press the "Eject" button.

Remove the CD from the CD player.

Press and hold the "Eject" button for approximately three minutes or until the light near the "Eject" button flashes.

Release the button and press it once more, normally.

Remove the CD from the CD player.

Straighten a paper clip as much as possible.

Locate the emergency eject hole on the face of your car's CD player.

Insert the paper clip into the emergency eject hole and push inward. Pull it out and push again. Repeat this until the edge of the CD emerges from the CD drive.

Remove the CD from the CD player.

Switch the vehicle to the "Acc" setting, or equivalent, so that your stereo system has power but the vehicle is not running.

Turn the stereo on and switch it to "Radio" mode so that the CD is not spinning.

Insert the tip of a sharp pair of tweezers into the CD drive.

Grasp the edge of the CD with the tweezers.

Pull on the CD while pressing the "Eject" button simultaneously. Alternatively, you can insert the edge of a blank or old CD or thin flathead screwdriver and press up or down on the stuck disk. This attempts to give the disk traction while pressing the "Eject" button.


Instead of disconnecting the battery cable, you can remove the corresponding stereo fuse for 10 minutes.


Resetting the stereo system also causes you to loose any preset radio stations. Some stereo systems requires a "reset code" when you disconnect the battery cable. This prevents unauthorised use of a stolen stereo. Make sure you have the reset code if you disconnect the battery cable.

Things You'll Need

  • Safety glasses
  • Ratchet set
  • Paper clip
  • Tweezers
  • Needle-nose pliers
  • Flathead screwdriver
  • Old or blank CD
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About the Author

Dustin Thornton has been writing since 2003. He has served as a newspaper columnist for the "Troy Tropolitan" and a contributor to various websites. Thornton received a partial scholarship for an outstanding essay in 2003. He has a Bachelor of Science in business administration from Troy University.