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98 Outback CD player Broke? PLEASE HELP!
Posted 16 November 2003 - 09:10 PM
Hi everyone.. very glad I found this message board…
I have a 98 Outback Limited Legacy.. Just yesterday my CD came out while it was playing for no reason.. Now when I put a CD in, it comes right back out after a few seconds?? I have no idea what to do or where to take it to get repaired… It’s the factory head unit with a single CD player… Everything else seems to work fine…
Right now I think my only options would be to somehow fix it myself…or Replace it with another factory head unit, or just install a 6 disk changer and run it off the existing head unit… Also where would I purchase a replacement… I can not really afford to go to a dealer…..
If you have any suggestions or options please send them my way! Thanks so Much!…
Posted 16 November 2003 - 10:39 PM
Posted 17 November 2003 - 02:12 AM
You should also be able to find a used one by checking with some salvage yards in your area.
Posted 17 November 2003 - 10:38 AM
Posted 17 November 2003 - 03:29 PM
Sorry about the caps, but I can't stress it enough. Bottom line, Subaru factory stereos are nice, but the workmanship SUCKS! Mine ate all of my CDs (6 disc changer) one day a few weeks or so back. My subie dealership's repair facility said they had to ship the crapped out CD player back to Subaru, Subaru would get the CDs out and send them back to the dealership for me to pickup. Although my CD player was replaced in one day by the dealership, my CDs have yet to be returned and that was over 3 weeks ago!! I am pretty anal about my property, especially CDs (being a collector and all), and having them for out of my possession for so long is driving my nuts (why couldn't the dealrship just "crack" it open?)! Anyway, I hope the same doesn't happen to you as it is not a fun predicament to be in! Go to your Subaru dealership, and they may cover a replacment under warranty is you ask them nicely enough.
Posted 17 November 2003 - 06:13 PM
Posted 18 November 2003 - 10:59 AM
The unit doesn't seem that old and I don't know if the play mechanism is gear or belt driven but if belt, you can easily change the belt as they stretch after a while. Have you tried another disc that you know works?
Other common problems relate to a dirty lens and a touch of cleaning alcohol on a sponge tip has fixed a few units for me.
The site below has some repair tips based on manufacturer and you can also Google it for other tips.
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