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How to get coins out of my automotive CD player

Updated February 21, 2017

Any parent will tell you that a child loves nothing more than to explore the world and see how things relate to each other. This exploration can take many forms, from pushing their physical boundaries to experimenting with things to see how they work. One of the common things that children do is to place loose coins in a car CD player. While this can be a cute moment and probably amusing for your toddler, getting the coins out can be a nightmare.

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  1. Remove the stereo from the car. You will most likely need a screwdriver to pop off part of your dash board and unscrew the stereo.

  2. Grab at the coins with the pliers if they are close to the opening. Once you have grabbed them, pull them out slowly so you don't damage the equipment. Moving too quickly could cause you to lose control of the pliers and damage the stereo

  3. Place long tweezers into the slot for the CD to search for the coins stuck a bit further back. Use the same caution at removing the coins this way as you did with the pliers.

  4. Stick a small bit of tape to the end of the ice cream stick and place it in the CD slot. This should allow you to reach as deep into the CD player as possible and "grab" coins lodged in its back end.

  5. Tip

    If you don’t know how to remove the stereo, the site sound-repair.com has stereo removal instructions for all makes and models of vehicles. Take caution when doing any work yourself on the CD player. If you cause damage to the internal components, you could void your warranty.


    Before you start you should be relatively sure that you can remove the coins yourself (they should be close to the opening. You probably won't be able to get them if they are too far in.) If you can't get them out, get it repaired at a dealer. Don't shake the player to get the coins out as this can seriously damage the player.

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Things You'll Need

  • Screwdriver
  • Needle nose pliers
  • Long tweezers
  • Ice cream stick
  • Adhesive tape

About the Author

R.L. Cultrona is a San Diego native and a graduate of San Diego State University. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in theater, television and film with a minor in communications and political science. She began writing online instructional articles in June 2009.

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