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I own a 2008 Ford car, that I got second hand in 2010, with a 6 cd changer. A few weeks ago I unloaded a couple of disks to enter new cds. After the last one ejected it wouldn't load again. I kept getting an error message saying LOAD ERROR. It wouldn't do anything. I tried disconnecting the battery to no avail. I found a couple YouTube videos discribing removal and repari of the unit, that didn't look like fun.

I found a item on a website about cars that suggested a 'hillbilly' fix - slap the dash board near the unit hard. Worked like a charm. It immediately started sequencing through the slots to the normal rest postion. It loads, plays and ejects fine now.

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Sounds like a good fix.

If you get to the point of total frustration, you might want to check out CarToys. They have the hardware to install a jack for an ipod or whatever kind of mp3 player you might have. That could allow you to have ALL of your music available and not have to ever think about CD's again.

However it isn't as cheap as the "Hillbilly Fix"! :-)
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I just replaced my head unit single CD with a non-CD player with front panel USB and AUX-IN. So far I have 22 CD's on a 32 gig USB stick with room for around 60 more. I can't see ever going back to tote'n CD's around again. Nice thing is the USB will source a full amp so I could mount a 2.5" format 1 terabyte USB drive. Icing on the cake is the HU plays FLAC files - lossless.

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I just replaced my head unit single CD with a non-CD player with front panel USB and AUX-IN. So far I have 22 CD's on a 32 gig USB stick with room for around 60 more. I can't see ever going back to tote'n CD's around again. Nice thing is the USB will source a full amp so I could mount a 2.5" format 1 terabyte USB drive. Icing on the cake is the HU plays FLAC files - lossless.
I am with you on this one Patrick.

I have not had a Cd in the car since I installed the Iphone input jack. (the jack was built in, I just had to buy a cable)

3 full days of music with no re-plays.......

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LMAO forget the CD's bring out ya Banjo for a real Hillbilly fix Da Da Bing Bing bing da bing bing bing
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I just replaced my head unit single CD with a non-CD player with front panel USB and AUX-IN. So far I have 22 CD's on a 32 gig USB stick with room for around 60 more. I can't see ever going back to tote'n CD's around again. Nice thing is the USB will source a full amp so I could mount a 2.5" format 1 terabyte USB drive. Icing on the cake is the HU plays FLAC files - lossless.
Wow Patrick I'm jealous... but I love my touch screen and fancy radideeo. Totally kewl though

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ROFL Berry!

Basically, it sounds like the player's gone off-kilter or something came loose, and when you
slapped it silly, you actually slapped it straight or a part back into position. just my opinion,
of course.

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@Berry, You may have just delayed the inevitable. If you don't want to be doing surgery down the line to extract the CD's you have loaded you may want to be thinking about replacement in the near term.

If you're interested, the Head Unit I bought was just $80 US including the mounting adapter and the required cable harness. Kenwood KMM-100U. Only unit under $500 right now that'll play FLAC.

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I'm with you! Duct tape and a big hammer will fix a lot of problems!
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A few months back, we bought a new Chevy Traverse. It has a USB port in the glove box. I plugged in a hard drive enclosure with a 120GB SSD. It has several thousand songs on it....all of my choosing. And no commercials!
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