How to Clean the Sliding Tracks on a CD Changer

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A CD changer will inevitably get dirty in the course of regular use, especially the parts exposed to the room environment or that come into direct contact with users. This includes the slider tracks on the changer, which can collect dust and debris that may eventually cause them to seize up. Cleaning the tracks is easy, and with periodic cleaning, you can avoid unnecessary breakdowns and prolong the life of the changer. You should clean the tracks whenever you can see visible dust or debris on them.

Things You'll Need

  • Canned, compressed air
  • Cloths
  • Open the CD loader and remove any discs.

  • Hold a compressed air canister upright and point the nozzle directly at one slider track. Spray in short, one-second bursts to clear the track of dust.

  • Repeat the same process to clean the other slider track.

  • Use a very damp cloth (but not dripping wet) to moisten caked-on debris, such as bits of food. Allow the moisture to soften the residue for a minute or two, and then rub it off using a slightly dampened cloth. Don't push too hard on the slider track or you might break it. Use your other hand as a brace on the other side of the track if necessary when you rub it with the cloth.

  • Allow the CD changer to dry for several minutes before using it.

Tips & Warnings

  • Always hold the air canister upright when you use it. If you tilt it too much, you may discharge too much of the propellant, which could damage your electronic components. If the air coming out is too cold, stop spraying for a minute or two.

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