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How To: Show Your Audiophile Who's Boss

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So you're cruising down the road with a buddy and you get the overwhelming urge to listen to "Bananna Phone". You roll down your windows, slow the pace and cruise the insert Raffi's latest killer mix of kids songs and all of a sudden you get the dreaded " CD ERROR" on your audiophile 6 disk.

"NOOOOOOO" how could this be? What evil forces are at work that would possibly want to deprave you and the surrounding pedestrians of this splendid audible sensation? (Not to mention your dearest momma bought that for you last chanuka)


Some have randomly pushed buttons and sweared at it in just the right way, but when all else fails and you just have to get that Raffi CD , this is what has to be done.

First, go down to WallyWorld and hit their automotive department. You are gonna want a set of these. They only cost like 4 bucks:

Take em out, ram them into the holes on either side of your stereo and push the metal rings outwards towards the sides of the unit while pulling it out.

Now set that beast on a table or workbench, whatever floats your boat....and remove the two small screws from the back of the stereo. Mine had these annoying and extremely small hex screws back there...but a dremmel with a cut off wheel soon made them flathead compatible, lol.

Next lift up the rear of the cover and pop out the tabs on the top/front of the cover.

Now you should be able to see your coveted Raffi are almost victorious...move in for the kill. See that metal piece across the top of your CD? Dont even trip, its on springs and moves out da way.

Just hook your finger up under there, and gently pull it up towards the top of the stereo...its not all that fragile, so dont be a **** about it. I found that if you turn it upsidedown and give it a little jiggle the cd will fall forward out of the tray:

Now just grab that end and slide it up and out diagonally:

Repeat as neccessary till all your imprisoned cd's are free from that POS.

Once that is done, I recommend taking the stereo to the range and shooting it repeatedly....but if you are broke like me, put the lid back on, plug it in and slide it back into its hole.

You can now rest easy knowing that Raffi is once again back in your posession and all is right in the universe. Go play Bananna Phone on your home system at high volumes and give thanks and praise.

*No cd's were harmed during this rescue.
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ok so were all agreed the audiophile system is for lack of a better term...CRAP. So here is MY dilema...which i think is different then the ones posted here but I didnt know where else to post it.

SO...I opened up the top...and there are no cd's in there at all. I try to load a cd...says cd error and hear the wonderful clicking sound as it cycles through. So my question is..if there isnt a cd stuck in there why wont it load and why is it making that horrible racket and then say CD ERROR when its finished?

Thanks in advance for any help offered.

· Multi-Focusing
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Burn it with fire!

I know this thread is old, but...

I followed this advise and it worked awesome. Got my cd's back. I actually tried to burn it up by leaving my battery connected and then I kept arcing the plug as I laughed all evil like.

I used a coat hanger to make my own removal tool. You can buy these at WalMart.

On Thursday of this week I will be rid of this POS.

On Saturday 3.15.14 I have arranged for my buddies to take it to the shooting range for target practice as suggested by the OP and maybe...if anything's left...skeet shoot practice as well. Followed by fire to kill it for sure.

Pics to follow....

Here's a pic before..;


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Sorry to bump an old thread, but I think my question is relevant and I want a definitive answer:

The instruction sheet for the removal tool warns about "code protected" radios that will require a trip to the dealer after unplugging them. I'm not keen on buying a new radio just yet (or paying a dealer), so I want to know if the 9006 audiophile unit will still work after I remove it. I know OP mentioned he slid his radio back in, but I'm really paranoid about bricking my radio.

EDIT: Thanks sailor!

· Premium Member
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Ford didn't use code protected radios in U.S. Focus production.

Some cars/aftermarket radios use this system, you get a code to use with the car/radio for any time it gets disconnected from power.

Your '04 radio would be 'bricked" by now if it needed one and it wasn't avail., I'm sure the battery has been changed in the car by now.

· Multi-Focusing
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BTW that dude never shot up my old 9006 and I wish I had it back lmao. He doesn't work at our shop anymore and I've lost contact with him.

Hey Lemon if you want to get rid of that 9006 I'll take it. Don't care that the CD player is busted.
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