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This is a discussion on E 20 Error on CD player within the Stereo and Electronics forums, part of the General Help category; I still have the stock head unit in my 98 Trans Am. All of sudden I keep getting the E ...

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    E 20 Error on CD player

    I still have the stock head unit in my 98 Trans Am. All of sudden I keep getting the E 20 error code when I put a Cd in. It wont play any cd's currently. Just wondering if anyone else has experienced this and what they did to fix it

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    E20 : Focus Error Cause(s): The CD player cannot focus on the disc or there is an internal focus problem.

    That usually means the laser is dead or it needs to be cleaned.

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    How do I go about cleaning it? Is there an easy way?

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    Quote Originally Posted by 98ramairguy View Post
    How do I go about cleaning it? Is there an easy way?
    Not really in all honesty...if the disc would spin "which it wont" you could use a cleaner disc to do it. Most people have to crack the radio open to clean it which is a PITA.
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    Sounds like a PITA, why wont the disc spin? I was thinking of getting one of those disc with a cleaner brush on it

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    Quote Originally Posted by 98ramairguy View Post
    Sounds like a PITA, why wont the disc spin? I was thinking of getting one of those disc with a cleaner brush on it
    usually the disc will not initialize with an E 20 error. You can try it and see what it does I guess but most of the guys cant get it to spin with that error.

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    So what your saying is I'm probably better off salvaging one out of a wrecked car if I want to keep it original and have the steering wheel controls work

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    Quote Originally Posted by 98ramairguy View Post
    So what your saying is I'm probably better off salvaging one out of a wrecked car if I want to keep it original and have the steering wheel controls work
    thats what most people do in this situation. You can give the disc cleaner a shot and see what it does. Worst case scenario is it still doesnt work after you try cleaning it lol

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    Yeah those cleaner disc are only like $4, Ill give that a try first.

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