How to get a stuck CD out of a six-cd changer

Updated February 21, 2017

Six-CD changers connect to a vehicle's stereo system to provide hours of continuous music. They typically can be programmed to play discs or individual tracks in a specific order. Changers have a magazine with sliding trays to hold CDs. Many changers are built with three trays that hold discs vertically inside the magazine. A CD fits on each side of the tray, so there are three pairs of CDs in the magazine, or a total of six discs. If one of your CDs jumps the tracks and becomes stuck in the magazine, you'll have to remove and disassemble the unit.

Slide the protective dust cover on top of the CD changer backward to expose the magazine inside.

Press the "Eject" button on the top edge of the magazine on the left or right side, depending on the model. A motor inside the changer raises the magazine slightly so you can grip the edges with your fingers and remove the unit.

Turn on the flashlight and shine it into the changer cabinet to determine if the CD has slipped out of the magazine and inside the main unit.

Slide open each CD tray gently by hand to reduce risk of scratching a stuck disc. If the trays will not open because of the jam, get out the screwdriver.

Unscrew the frame of the magazine from the sliding tray assemblies. Set aside the screws in a safe place so they won't roll off your work area and get lost.

Lift the top of the frame from the magazine to access the trays and move them in and out of the magazine one at a time until you locate the stuck disc.

Pull the disc free of the magazine mechanism and reattach the frame with the screws. Slide the trays back into the magazine and reinsert the unit in the CD changer. Slide the dust cover closed.


Check CDs for scratches or other visible damage after removing them from the changer.

Things You'll Need

  • Flashlight
  • Screwdriver
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About the Author

James Clark began his career in 1985. He has written about electronics, appliance repair and outdoor topics for a variety of publications and websites. He has more than four years of experience in appliance and electrical repairs. Clark holds a bachelor's degree in political science.