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Old 10-11-2003, 03:42 PM   #1
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I have a 1996 Bonneville SE, with the stock GM Delco AM/FM CD Player with EQ. I like the sound from the stock stereo & speakers, but I have a little problem.

Whenever I insert a CD into the stereo, it skips like crazy. It does this on factory CD'*, burned CD-R'*, anything. Sitting still or when driving, it doesn't seem to matter. I did notice it skips more when pushing on pedals, operating other switches, etc., but I can't be sure about this.

I have tried to clean the lens multiple times, with two different CD cleaning discs (different brush styles). This was the recommended fix by my local Pontiac dealer! The first time I did it, right after buying the car used last year, it did seem to make the playback better for a little while. Now, though, it doesn't seem to help at all - it even skips the cleaning CD'*!
This is becoming a major problem, as there is usually nothing on my local radio stations (crappy stations here) and playing CD'* gives me a headache!

Does anyone know if this is a common problem, and is there a solution to it? I would prefer NOT to replace the radio/head unit, either with an aftermarket head or with a used/refurb GM one, as I would like to keep my Bonnie as stock as possible, and I have seriously limited funds.

HELP!?
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It does sound like the laser lens is dirty. You could take the unit to a repair shop and have them clean it for you. I have opened up the radio before, but there are a million screws to deal with. Do you use the car in a dusty environment?

I have also found that the lens cleaner is not very effective.

Sometimes I use the vacuum at the car wash. I put it right up to the CD slot. But I can't say I would recommend it. Those things are so powerful, it'* possible that it might start sucking parts out of your CD player.
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yeah, it is a little dusty around here, and I do smoke in the car, too. I also feel that while I could take the CD player apart, I'd prefer not to.

I'll check out what you suggested, getting someone to take it apart and clean the lens by hand. Hopefully it won't cost too much!

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At least you have a CD player. Trying to find one for my 92 Bonne.
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i had a similar problem, the way i resolved it was by taking it part and clean the lens with rubbing alchol. the cleaning disc'* dont seem to help to much... it took me a hole 20 minutes... it was quite easy
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