Introduction

This guide will disassemble the device to the point where the CD tray unit can be replaced with a new one.

Using a philips screwdriver, remove the eight 9.5 mm screws on the left and right sides of the device and place aside. Using a philips screwdriver, remove the eight 9.5 mm screws on the left and right sides of the device and place aside.
  • Using a philips screwdriver, remove the eight 9.5 mm screws on the left and right sides of the device and place aside.

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Remove these seven 11.5 mm screws and place aside.
  • Remove these seven 11.5 mm screws and place aside.

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Lift the right side off of the device and place aside.
  • Lift the right side off of the device and place aside.

  • Repeat for left side.

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Lift the top gently but firmly from the back of the device and allow to rest on the back without reattaching it.
  • Lift the top gently but firmly from the back of the device and allow to rest on the back without reattaching it.

  • CAUTION: Do not pull the top too far as there are wires attached to it.

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Lift up gently on the tabs indicated to disengage them from the hooks holding them in place. Lift up gently on the tabs indicated to disengage them from the hooks holding them in place.
  • Lift up gently on the tabs indicated to disengage them from the hooks holding them in place.

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Lift up the top while firmly sliding it towards the back of the device.
  • Lift up the top while firmly sliding it towards the back of the device.

  • CAUTION: Do not lift the top up too high as there are cords that need to be detached before the top can be removed.

  • The next step is a zoom-in of the indicated area.

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Using forceps or fingers, remove the small black wire indicated.
  • Using forceps or fingers, remove the small black wire indicated.

  • Grip the wire near its base and pull gently but firmly until it pops out of the slot.

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This step deals with the indicated area of the device. Using fingers or tweezers, lift the indicated tabs out until the cord's restraint looks like the final picture. Gently pull on the cord near its base until it comes free of the restraint.
  • This step deals with the indicated area of the device.

  • Using fingers or tweezers, lift the indicated tabs out until the cord's restraint looks like the final picture.

  • Gently pull on the cord near its base until it comes free of the restraint.

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This step deals with the indicated area of the device. Lift the indicated tabs out until the restraint looks like the final picture. Gently pull on the cord until it comes free of the attachment.
  • This step deals with the indicated area of the device.

  • Lift the indicated tabs out until the restraint looks like the final picture.

  • Gently pull on the cord until it comes free of the attachment.

  • The top section of the device should now be free of the body. Place it aside in a safe place.

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This step deals with the indicated portion of the the device. Lift the indicated tabs out until they look like the final picture. Gently pull on the cord until it comes free of its restraint.
  • This step deals with the indicated portion of the the device.

  • Lift the indicated tabs out until they look like the final picture.

  • Gently pull on the cord until it comes free of its restraint.

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This step deals with the indicated area of the device. Neither of the indicated cords have restraints on them like the previous ones. Simply use tweezers or fingers to pull firmly on the base of each cord until it comes free. Neither of the indicated cords have restraints on them like the previous ones. Simply use tweezers or fingers to pull firmly on the base of each cord until it comes free.
  • This step deals with the indicated area of the device.

  • Neither of the indicated cords have restraints on them like the previous ones. Simply use tweezers or fingers to pull firmly on the base of each cord until it comes free.

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This step deals with the indicated area of the device. Use tweezers or fingers and firmly pull straight out on the cord until it comes free.
  • This step deals with the indicated area of the device.

  • Use tweezers or fingers and firmly pull straight out on the cord until it comes free.

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This step deals with the indicated area of the device. Using tweezers or fingers, lift gently on the tab indicated to free the front from the body of the device. Rotate device 180 degrees and repeat for other side.
  • This step deals with the indicated area of the device.

  • Using tweezers or fingers, lift gently on the tab indicated to free the front from the body of the device.

  • Rotate device 180 degrees and repeat for other side.

  • Rotate the front slightly forward to keep the tabs from re-engaging on their hooks.

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Wiggle the front gently while pulling it forward until it comes free of the body of the device.
  • Wiggle the front gently while pulling it forward until it comes free of the body of the device.

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This step deals with the indicated area of the device. Using tweezers or fingers, pull gently but firmly on the base of the cord until it comes free of its slot.
  • This step deals with the indicated area of the device.

  • Using tweezers or fingers, pull gently but firmly on the base of the cord until it comes free of its slot.

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Using a philips screwdriver, remove the four 9.5 mm screws indicated and place aside. Using a philips screwdriver, remove the four 9.5 mm screws indicated and place aside.
  • Using a philips screwdriver, remove the four 9.5 mm screws indicated and place aside.

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Lift the body directly up off of the base and place aside. Note the proper locations of the various tabs in the last picture. Note the proper locations of the various tabs in the last picture.
  • Lift the body directly up off of the base and place aside.

  • Note the proper locations of the various tabs in the last picture.

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Remove the two 9.5 mm screws indicated using an extended screwdriver. Use a flashlight to view the screw on the left. Use a flashlight to view the screw on the left.
  • Remove the two 9.5 mm screws indicated using an extended screwdriver.

  • Use a flashlight to view the screw on the left.

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Lift the CD Tray Unit off of the bottom of the device and replace with new unit. When placing the new unit in, verify that the indicated pin is in its proper slot before putting the screws back on.
  • Lift the CD Tray Unit off of the bottom of the device and replace with new unit.

  • When placing the new unit in, verify that the indicated pin is in its proper slot before putting the screws back on.

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Conclusion

To reassemble your device, follow these instructions in reverse order.

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I have one of these units and I'm wondering if the author of this guide knows where to find the parts? I'm assuming that I'll need a replacement Tray Unit. Mine does not open. Should there be any sound if there is something mechanical wrong? I don't hear anything, I just see the display flashing "CDx Opening" ...

Perhaps this is a wiring fault rather than a mechanical one?

Timothy Cahill - Reply

In order to unblock the trays:

The white cover piece can be taken off by moving it a little backwards and pressing the two resistance pieces on top at 1/3 back.

The trays have a cograil at the left side (when looking from the front of the device), which sometimes gets displaced respective to a white cog at the left backward side. It is possible to pull them out, but it is much more difficult to push them back once they are out. In order to achieve this that you need to force a screwdriver inside in order to separate the cograil from a white plastic cog, and then to force (but not too much!!) the tray backwards. In case it is not the tray no 5 (the one most on top) you need to free the more downwards located trays by pulling out all trays above and position them back as described.

Make sure that all trays are in a good position at the end.

Switch the cd device off before manipulating as the mechanism easily gets blocked when in tilted positions. The switch off moves them all back to primary position.

Markus - Reply

This is also true for the model Parasonic SA-PM18

Markus - Reply

3 years late to the game...i have a question but no technical terms.

I have the SA-PM18. The CD1 draw doesn't stay secure and when I turn on the player it makes a churning noise.

The 2 possible reasons:

-the little cog on the outer left near the front isn't secure, if i push it up it will fall down again, I dont know if this is normal.

-(more likely) the little white parts half way up on the INNER left that (maybe) keep the trays in place is pushed back somehow and I can't get it to come back in place.

The black casing around this is all 1 piece so I can't open it up to get to it.

Is there a way to fix this without having to replace the whole tray unit?

Madi F - Reply

the CD trays would not open ... what can I do ?

argouarch - Reply

CD Trays Sticking - I purchased a Panasonic CD System SC-PM18 through eBay. The seller had a nice video, with sound, demonstrating the unit, with the eBay selling info, so I thought it would be a "safe" buy. When I received the box and opened it, the pieces were well wrapped. I tried the system out and find the CD trays get stuck. I have sent a message to the eBay seller regarding the problem. I also found this web page with instructions for replacing the CD unit, which I would prefer not to do. The nearest Panasonic authorized repair center for me is in another state, so I'd rather not have to arrange to take the unit there for repair or replacement of the CD unit.

Jean DeLauche - Reply

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