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Old 12-30-2001, 02:17 PM   #1
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Default How to fix the BOSE CD player?

I guess it´s a well known problem: The factory Bose CD players start making problems after 2 or 3 years: First they kind of hesitate to accept CDs at cold weather, then they do it at all kind of weather, then even when the CD is drawn into the slot it will not be played.

I guess it must be a belt drive or something like that. When it gets humid it starts to slip after a while, then it probably gets more and more worn out and slippery, and finally it wont drive the moving parts ny longer.

I guess it must be an item worth only a few cent, but how to access it?

Does anybody know about a simple fix? Are kits available? It must be a quite common problem!
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Old 12-30-2001, 02:37 PM   #2
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Well it may just be a 10 cent part, however GM will not sell the parts to repair the CD players to anyone other than a GM authorized repair dealer. This sucks because most places charge at least $200.00 to repair the unit regardless how cheap the parts are. :mad :mad :mad :mad
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Old 12-30-2001, 02:46 PM   #3
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I've concluded the simplest fix for mine would be a .45 round. :mad :rolleyes:
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Old 12-30-2001, 06:43 PM   #4
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Well it may just be a 10 cent part, however GM will not sell the parts to repair the CD players to anyone other than a GM authorized repair dealer. This sucks because most places charge at least $200.00 to repair the unit regardless how cheap the parts are. :mad :mad :mad :mad
That has only been in the last 6 years or so. Before that you could get all the parts you wanted.. Now we are at their mercy :mad :mad :mad
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Old 12-31-2001, 05:13 PM   #5
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Default Re: How to fix the BOSE CD player? (BrightAquaLT1)

Smush it up good! My 1987 has a blown amp; you have to turn the volume **** almost all the way up to hear anything, and it has a lot of interference and scratching at low volume. My 1991 with Bose Gold would not read burned CDs, and occasionally it would stop working altogether! The LED backlight was also burnt out. When it worked it wasn't bad as far as stock systems went.

My new car has all the bose crap ripped out and replaced with a Sony head unit (which I will probably replace), 2 Alpine amps and 2 10 inch Rockford Fosgate Subwoofers. Replacing the system entirely is the best way to go.

Good luck!
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Old 12-31-2001, 09:40 PM   #6
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:lol:

heres the fix...... "pick it up and throw it as far as you can and don't even look at where it dropped" ........ :D


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Old 01-01-2002, 10:14 PM   #7
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I sent mine to United Radio and they charged me $185 to fix the CD Player, put in a new cassette band, a new cassette door, and replaced the lights. I also replaced all the amps with 100's in the back and 75's in the front. It sounds pretty good. I don't need audio perfection! ;-)
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Old 01-01-2002, 11:24 PM   #8
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My Bose CD has started to give me trouble too. How bad is it to remove the unit? Any helpful suggestions for removing it?
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Old 01-02-2002, 08:09 AM   #9
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It's not too hard to remove the unit. The hardest part is getting the snap ring off the auto shift ****!
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Old 01-02-2002, 09:59 AM   #10
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I had my CD player fixed/replaced by Dixie Electronics (Charlotte, NC) a few years ago for $115. (I removed/installed the unit myself). For an extra $15 they replaced the belt in the cassette player and aligned the playback head. I know it's a Blowse unit...but it was a HELLuva lot cheaper than replacing the whole head unit, an' i GOTTA have my TUNES!!! Click the image to open in full size.
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Old 01-02-2002, 10:23 AM   #11
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This is my second Vette with the Bose trash. I wouldn't dream of fixing junk. When I can see my way clear I plan to replace it completely. For now I just have radio. :mad Where are all the designers and engineers when you need them. Certainly they must know of this problem. My CD player accepts the CD, doesn't play it then gives it back a couple of days later when it feels like it. :rolleyes:
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Old 01-02-2002, 10:35 AM   #12
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It's not too hard to remove the unit. The hardest part is getting the snap ring off the auto shift ****!
Just turn the key on and pull the shifter all the way back out of the way...lot lss work involved doing it that way..
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Old 01-02-2002, 01:46 PM   #13
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That’s easy. Replace it with a better after market system. :smash:
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Old 01-02-2002, 09:35 PM   #14
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Just install a Kenwood - :smash:
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Old 07-31-2014, 06:11 AM   #15
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I guess it´s a well known problem: The factory Bose CD players start making problems after 2 or 3 years: First they kind of hesitate to accept CDs at cold weather, then they do it at all kind of weather, then even when the CD is drawn into the slot it will not be played.

I guess it must be a belt drive or something like that. When it gets humid it starts to slip after a while, then it probably gets more and more worn out and slippery, and finally it wont drive the moving parts ny longer.

I guess it must be an item worth only a few cent, but how to access it?

Does anybody know about a simple fix? Are kits available? It must be a quite common problem!

This post is very old but as many guys have same problems I decided to post a solution. Kits are available - In fact you have to change the laser lens pickup. Disassemble the CD unit to check before ordering parts.

For my BOSE 1993-1996 The parts needed are sold below at a reasonable price of $38. Reference PANASONIC YESFD13002/e13002/13002 tęte laser.

http://fr.aliexpress.com/wholesale?S...D13002&catId=0

Consider 2h to replace the laser pickup. Here under some photos. Small screwdrivers required. Don't forget to remove the antistatic solder.
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Old 07-31-2014, 08:57 AM   #16
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I "repaired" mine by replacing the head unit with an aftermarket Alpine. Now the CD player works just fine.



BTW my car is a a Bright Aqua LT1.
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Old 07-31-2014, 10:03 AM   #17
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Thanks for the information about fixing the CD.
It appears that the provided link may not be working correctly.
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Old 09-01-2014, 12:25 PM   #18
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This post is very old but as many guys have same problems I decided to post a solution. Kits are available - In fact you have to change the laser lens pickup. Disassemble the CD unit to check before ordering parts.

For my BOSE 1993-1996 The parts needed are sold below at a reasonable price of $38. Reference PANASONIC YESFD13002/e13002/13002 tęte laser.

http://fr.aliexpress.com/wholesale?S...D13002&catId=0

Consider 2h to replace the laser pickup. Here under some photos. Small screwdrivers required. Don't forget to remove the antistatic solder.
Hi would you happen to know the part number for a 91?
I ordered it and the ribbon connections are different sizes.
thanks
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