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Old 02-13-2007, 05:10 AM   #1 (permalink)
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My cassette adapter in my car tape player keeps self ejecting. I have the Sony adapter and a cheap no name brand adapter and neither will work. The head unit gives me an error message that the tape is broke and keeps ejecting.
Over the air FM broadcast is out of the question where I live, and I hate to spend more money to get the FM Mod installed for lesser quality sound. I also want to keep the factory head unit, looks better and dont want to spend more money for a new one.

Anyone know of a way to "trick" my unit into accepting the adapter? Otherwise I'm stuck going with the FM Mod.

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I've read a lot about this happening with a lot of newer cars. No one seems to know how or why this happens, but most just kept buying and trying adapters until they found one that worked.

It seemed to happen with high & low end adapters.
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Old 02-13-2007, 08:39 AM   #3 (permalink)
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I had that problem. Make sure that the wire that runs out of the adapter is tucked into it...there's usually a slot you can tuck it into.
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Have you tried pushing the "A/B" button.
I could only get mine to work on the "B" side.
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if it drops down, it may pull on the cord and force a premature ejection.
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I hate to spend more money to get the FM Mod installed for lesser quality sound.
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Im not sure why people keep saying that. I have it, and it sounds great. I also have a dvd player plugged in my AUX in my head unit. I can't tell the difference in sound quality.
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Use a pencil and try spinning the gears to see if they stick. If it does the player maybe sensing this as the end of the tape or a jam.
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if it drops down, it may pull on the cord and force a premature ejection.
Did you mean PREMATURE EJECTULATION?
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I use a cassette adaptor for my "other" satellite connection. I have found that in the cold northeast winter, the cassette will eject a few times until the radio warms up in the morning. Once my car is running for a few minutes no problems - while waiting, I just listen to Sirius...
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I "googled" until I found a fix that seems to be working. I found this in a review of an adapter on Amazon.com:



Charger is great, but cassette needs tweaking..., December 25, 2005
Reviewer: A. Graham (Dallas, TX) - See all my reviews

Ok, the most important thing to note on this cassette adapter (and all of them as far as I know): Most tape decks have an auto reverse feature, which is driving us all insane. Luckily there is a solution to this problem!

Find a small screw driver and unscrew the 4 screws that hold the adapter together. Remove the SMALL pulley that is closest to the magnetic head...it has a smooth surface. I assume its function is to apply pressure to something, and this seems to trigger the auto-reverse. Do NOT remove any of the other pulleys or mess with anything else...only the small one that has a smooth surface. Carefully line everything back up and screw it back together. Bingo...no more auto-reverse problems.

Worked in my Ford anyways. If you can disable the auto-reverse feature in your tape deck, that's obviously an easier fix. But I wouldn't count on having that ability if you have a factory stereo unit. Also, there is probably a small piece of plastic covering the magnetic head unit on the adapter...it seems to weaken the signal considerably...so remove it. You may have to turn the volume down on your MP3 player in order to have good sound quality...but then you can use the stereo to adjust the volume...so you can still crank it up loud. But again, do not remove anything (not even just to look) except that one pulley...playing around with it could cause the pulleys to make a little noise when the tape is being played. Otherwise, sound quality is awesome once the plastic is removed and the auto-reverse is "fixed."



I didn't have a problem with auto-reversing, but with the cassette ejecting. I figured I had nothing to lose and tried it. Works fine so far. That was on a cheap generic brand adapter that had screws so I could open it up.

I also have a Sony CPA9C that wasn't working either. The Sony adapter has no screws to open it, but I did go ahead and rip the "fake tape" out of it. I had nothing to lose...wasn't working at all for me anyways.

I tested both today, to and from work, and on my breaks. Both work fine now. Hope that I've solved the problem. I'll post if I start having trouble with them again.

Please only try either of these "fixes" as a last resort. I only did them because the adapters were useless to me as they were.

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