Join Date: Aug 2005
Location: Maidenhead, England
Re: CD player Problem
Hi there, it could still be a dodgy earth. Sometimes the (usually) black lead from the head unit to the chassis (via the loom in the dash) starts to "float" therefore the head unit doesn't have 12volts accross it and will try to get its good earth through the aerial lead which is not really up to it. Trying to find where Alfa have attached the end of that lead to the chassis will probably prove to be a bit of a nightmare so try running a lead from a known good earth point and splicing it in to the radio's loom.
Another cause could be the ignition feed becoming intermittent. You say the time never is wrong and the eject still works, these will still work (usually) with only the permanent live feed. The ignition switch could be faulty, dirty/worn contacts?
Alternatively, if the front panel is of the removeable type then i've had the contacts on the plug/socket becoming oxidised and therefore making poor contact.
There could also be intermittencies inside the head unit, especially where the rear connector is soldered to the main printed circuit board?
I hope this proves usefull, cheers Percy.
Also to Buck Bundy, about your Kenwood changer, i've had these jamm when changing discs and you hit a rather large "pothole" in the road. Not a great deal to do about it without taking it all apart. There's probably a disc in the "play" position. There is a lever in the mechanism which, if moved, ejects the cartridge. The stuck disc has then to be wound out manually. If then powered up and you're lucky then all may be well. If you're not lucky, nothing will happen and the error message will still be there! If it's the latter, either bin it or take it to a service centre. Cheers, Percy.
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