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E39 (1997 - 2003)
The BMW 5-Series (E39 chassis) was introduced in the United States as a 1997 model year car and lasted until the 2004 when the E60 chassis was released. The United States saw several variations including the 525i, 528i, 530i and 540i. -- View the E39 Wiki

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Old 10-06-2006, 11:36 AM
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CD Changer Problems - No Disc

Probably a simple issue, however I need a bit of help. I have a '99 528i Sport with a stock 6 disc changer and it has decided to not register the cartridge anymore. It slowly died on me, finding one less each time I started the car, until now when I press CD and it responds with NO DISC. CD's are in the right way and the cartridge is in correctly. The changer registers the CD's and cartridge and you can hear it loading, with no result...any ideas? Thanks.
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Old 10-06-2006, 06:30 PM
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I had the same problem. Here is what I did:
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Old 12-14-2006, 10:48 AM
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Thanks, I went through the changer and took care of all the sore spots, however it seems there is another issue with the changer...motion is not a problem, when the player takes a CD from the cartridge it pulls it in, tries to play it, stops, and then rejects it. Any ideas, or is it just worth replacing it? If so, where is the best place to look to get another? Thanks.
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Old 12-14-2006, 11:51 AM
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Old 12-14-2006, 01:34 PM
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Does the cd changer model ending in 404 play RW CDs?

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Old 12-14-2006, 02:36 PM
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i just punched mine and it started working, i swear.... i couldn't believe it.
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Old 06-24-2012, 06:27 PM
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I had the same problem. Here is what I did:
Montr,

Thanks (years later) for the great posting! My CD player has been doing this for a couple of months and I will have to try your procedure ... before I throw it across the driveway.
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Old 06-25-2012, 03:01 AM
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Hi,

The OEM cd changers are getting very old now, the transport mechanism inisde are wearing out. That said, you can have them refurbished and a squirt of lubrication in the mechanism can and would put the unit back to working order. In some instances though, the transport is too worn out and many people will try to get another similarly aged unit. Other's will ditch the CD changer at this point and go for an iPod interface type solution or, go for aftermarket head units and an overhaul of the whole setup to bring it into the 21st century!

It's up to the owner to decide where to spend their money depending on what their requirements are !

Cheers, Dennis!
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Old 06-25-2012, 09:59 PM
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Could Help

I have the same problem, but here is what I do and it always works. I remove the cartridge and re-insert it. As soon as it loads in, I begin tapping moderately hard on the side of the changer as it loads in each CD until it has done all 6. Then they play just fine. Give it a try. Good Luck!
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Old 06-26-2012, 02:41 PM
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I have the same problem, but here is what I do and it always works. I remove the cartridge and re-insert it. As soon as it loads in, I begin tapping moderately hard on the side of the changer as it loads in each CD until it has done all 6. Then they play just fine. Give it a try. Good Luck!
I'll give that a try ... keep your fingers crossed. Thanks!
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Old 06-27-2012, 06:33 PM
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It Worked (Tentative)

Okay, I tried that and it kinda worked ... after played about 10 seconds of a song, then just stopped. Cycled through the discs and this happened several times. It would stay silent for about a minute, then fire up again. After about eight 10-second bursts of sound, it actually kept playing a CD and was still working when I got home! Yay. The way it keeps cutting out makes me sure that there is still something wrong. I may try the compressed air dusting this weekend also suggested to see if some dirt is where it shouldn't be. Thanks for the suggestion, Airborne; it's given me hope!
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Old 06-27-2012, 06:52 PM
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Old 06-27-2012, 07:01 PM
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I've done a tear down on the multi-changer and I applied a spot of silicon grease and found it works like a charm now!

Hope this helps someone else before they tear up their front console to remove an old CD changer head unit.


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There's some great info in this thread, also the procedure here is helpful. Here's what I learnt during my own No Disc experience for my boot (trunk) CD Changer:

Cause of faults:
- It's often the magazine, in which case whacking the Changer may fix it, or applying some lubricant.
- The transport mechanism also seems to be a common cause of problems.
- Another common cause of CD Changer problems seems to be a dirty lens

My changer was loading the discs fine (so the magazine and transport was ok), but was increasingly skipping tracks. So my theory was a dirty lens. Unfortunately, cleaning the lens with a Q-tip didn't fix it, so I don't know what the problem was in the end. It definitely wasn't related to the magazine though, because the changer gave the same errors with another magazine.

Pulling it apart:
- Firstly, the power cable connector needs to be squeezed at the end closest to the front of the car. This is really obvious in hindsight(!), but it's hard to see while the CD Changer is still attached.
- The front cover hinges from the top. It's a bit scary popping it open, it feels like something is going to break. Here are some of the tabs at the bottom which you need to unhook before you can unhinge it at the top:


- Thanks to Montr for the great PDF posted above. Also, the CD Changer is very similar to a Mercedes unit, so I found these instructions really helpful: https://blogs.oracle.com/miko/entry/cd_changer_repair. The transport lubrication also applies to E39 stackers, however our worm drive setup isn't adjustable so the last section doesn't apply to us.

Replacement units:
If you want to stick with ancient CD technology, good news, it seems a lot of other cars were fitted with compatible changers. My replacement unit has the part number from a Mini Cooper. Also, according to the internet, E36, E38, E46 and E53 changers will work. So don't worry if the part number doesn't match your old unit.


Old unit top, new unit bottom. Fingers crossed that they were producing more reliable changers by 2002!
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