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Date: Tue, 12 Dec 2006 10:33:23 -0600
Subject: Re: SAAB 9-3 CD Player Problems

garbageman wrote: > 6 months ago I bought a SAAB 9-3 Convertible, only 72000 miles on the > clock. Nice car, the first SAAB I have ever driven. I have no regrets. > > However, recently I have begun experiencing problems with the CD > player, (single front-loader, no multi-changer). I make plenty of long > journeys, three-plus hours at a stretch, I NEED the CD player! > > After the first CD has played through, the second CD (or the repeat > play of the first) becomes erratic. There's no skipping, but the player > produces an intolerable noise which suggest that it cannot read the CD > properly - making a sound like static. The CD will stop for 2 or 3 > seconds, then start up again playing clearly, only to reduce back to > the "static" again after 20-30 seconds. Sometimes the CD will eject > with a "CD ERROR" message. This continues without improvement until the > car has been turned off for 20 minutes or more. > > When the CD is ejected, it has been heated up to 70 degrees C or more, > which seems a bit odd. > > I have tried driving with the heating off, the night panel engaged, the > dash lights on low. Since this problem has only manifested itself in > the last 6 weeks or so, I wondered whether it was in fact the lights, > now that I need for the Winter darkness. > > Anyone have any clues as to what's happening? I don't want to have to > install a multi-changer at hige cost just to solve what might have a > minor solution. > > Thanks, > > Garbageman... > Sounds definitely like a heat problem. Is the second disc as hot as a potato when you eject it?

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