For no apparent reason, sometimes when I take one out and try to put in another, it won't pull the cd in; instead it feels as if it thinks there's already a cd in there. If the cd is forced in and I press the cd button, it tries to read a track for a few seconds, then says "err --" and spits it back out. After a few weeks, it starts to work again, for no apparent reason.
This has happened again for the third time now, and I tried to reset the computer, hoping it was just confused, but after disconnecting the negative terminal on the battery for an hour it still doesn't work. However, I'm doubtful that the stereo was reset since it saved my set radio stations.
Is there a separate procedure for resetting the stereo? Has the cd player just crapped out? I'm ready to sell this car and would like to fix it beforehand.
If you are comfortable doing this (not reccommended by factory), you can clean your laser lense. Pull your dash cover ad remove the cd player. Then, take off only the top cover to the cd player. You should be able to look straight in at the laser. In some cd players you cannot. Either way, take a q-tip (preferrably not a standard store bought q-tip (unless you have direct access from the top of the player)) If cannot see the laser from the top you will have to go in through the cd slot and using a long swab or a q tip on some sort of extension, wipe the laser lense off manually. The cd "cleaning systems" that you can buy from radio shack or wall mart do nothing to clean the lense. I have used this procedure on my 98 ZJ and on my friends 98 stratus. The end result being normal playing.
It doesn't matter what you drive as long as it is a JEEP.