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How to Clean a CD Player

Cleaning a CD player is easy as long as you know what you’re doing. You will need a cross-tip screwdriver, some 95% ethanol (found in pharmacies), WD40 or similar thin spray-grease, some cotton buds used for cleaning your ears


  • Make sure there is no CD in the player.
  • Disconnect the power cable. And I mean DISCONNECT! Don’t just hit the power button or leave it on standby.
  • Remove the top cover by unscrewing the screws with the screwdriver.
  • Once you did so, put the cover upside down and the screws inside it to keep them from losing.
  • Spray some WD40 on a cotton bud and grease the rails the laser slides onTo move the laser and grease the part of the rails under it, turn the biggest of the plastic cogwheels that move it.
  • Do not use excessive force when doing this.Take another cotton bud and dip in the ethanol.
  • Squeeze it between your fingers to remove excess ethanol. The bud must be damp, not dripping
  • Clean the lens of the laser with the ethanol-damped cotton bud.
  • Wait for a while until the ethanol evaporates from the lens.
  • Put the cover back on and fasten the screws.
  • Turn on the player without putting a disc in it.
  • If your player is a minisystem switch it to CD mode.
  • You will hear a sliding sound – that’s the laser returning to its proper position.
  • Put in a CD and enjoy

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