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 Post subject: CD drive transplant
PostPosted: Fri Apr 29, 2011 1:53 am 
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Been getting by w/FM radio only from my '98 Chevy Metro OEM stereo CD player for 2 years. Couldn't fix CD, wasn't economically practical to have it fixed, wanted an original unit & didn't find a replacement. Was tough after 103.7 abandoned Rock'n'Roll & went CW. The 92.5/95.5 is powerful, but sucks & the 104.5 is fine, but weak.

Found a cheap 'As Is' unit from LKQ, for parts only & told it was either a returned or not tested item. Took a gamble that at least the CD drive might be OK. Hooked it up & confirmed it lit up, but basically only hissed, except very faint reception of an FM station, but nothing from CD. Opened it up & looked it over carefully under magnification, but couldn't find any broken wires or fractured solder.

It's surprising how big the box is & how little is inside on these Delco units. Guess they made the space for the FM/Cassette/CD stereos. Missed a couple of those on fleabay.

Rolled the dice by R&R the CD drives, transplanting the 'new' CD drive into my 'old' FM only working unit. Popped the Beatles 'White Album' in & the cherries lined up! The CD player sounds so much better than FM, got back choice & blessed relief from commercials!

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