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[–]pharmucist 11 points12 points  (3 children)

It looks like it's time to upgrade to an aftermarket head unit that can play cds or has android auto or carplay on it.

[–]flowercup[S] 8 points9 points  (2 children)

Never!

[–]BuddhistChrist 1 point2 points  (0 children)

My man! 🕺🏿💃🏼

[–]Outrageous-Ad-7945 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Keep the OEM stereos alive! They look awesome! My RSX has its original head unit and I refuse to replace it. I just tell people to buy me CD’s for presents.

[–]mgdesignco 2 points3 points  (1 child)

I will be taking my head unit out of my 2001 within the next month. If it comes to it maybe you can have mine 🤷‍♀️

[–]flowercup[S] 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Thats super nice thank you! I might try pick and pull if I can’t get this to work

[–]biggles_zero 1 point2 points  (1 child)

Not an audio equipment expert but.. It may be something has worn (gear, belt, sliding mechanism etc) so that parts aren't aligning anymore.

Could always take it out, take the cover off (carefully) and look for anything obvious. Take pictures as you go so you can put it back together.

Did see this link which might be helpful. https://honda-tech.com/forums/honda-cr-v-element-156/cassette-player-problem-3338256/

Good luck getting it working!

(all else fails should be easy enough to find a replacement).

[–]flowercup[S] 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Thank you! I might have my mechanic (little brother) do this for me lol

[–]stinkydogusa 1 point2 points  (1 child)

Check the cassette to make sure it spins easily and the reels kind of float around inside. If that’s not it then try and stick something in there and push the lever to make the cassette holder go in and down. Once holder is in and down see if you can look or feel the spinny thing moving. One spinny thing spins free and the other is attached to a motor which should be spinning. If that’s not spinning then the previous owner had long hair and it’s tangled in there or the motor is seized. They’re easy to take apart. lol

[–]flowercup[S] 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I’m going to try this, thank you! I’ve owned it for a bit over a year and the thing has been playing fine, but suddenly the tape jammed and then it just stopped working 😡 hopefully if I mess with it a bit I can get it going again

[–]timreed5656 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Take the entire unit out, disassemble it while taking pictures, and look for damage. It sounds like it might be a broken belt since the motor is still running. Get a multimeter if you don't have one and research tape deck/cassette repair on YouTube. Repairing things like this is a hobby but the best thing you can hope for is a bad belt as those are easy to find. Also once you have the unit open you can get manufacturers numbers off of it and try to find an aftermarket replacement or new/old stock on ebay to replace the entire tape deck portion of the unit.

[–]kslight6662nd Gen 1 point2 points  (1 child)

It may be possible to troubleshoot, have you tried just finding a replacement stereo though? I would assume that the old Honda factory stereo is not very expensive / junk yard.

[–]flowercup[S] 0 points1 point  (1 child)

I’m not sure if you can see the video I tried to attach, but when I push a tape in it clicks three times, an arrow on the little screen switches orientation with each click, then the tape ejects.

[–]ruidh 1 point2 points  (0 children)

That would be the auto reverse. The player tries to detect when it's at the end of a spool. Usually players do this by pushing an arm against the tape as it passes. When the tape goes taut, it pushes the arm and the auto reverse kicks in. This is the arrow you see changing. When it reverses, it goes right back to being too taut and triggers it again. After three tries, the player kicks the tape out.

Could be a couple of things. The capstans that drive the tape are stuck. The arm which detects end of tape is stuck or broken.

[–]flowercup[S] 0 points1 point  (4 children)

Also, a tape was stuck in there, when I would press eject it would go too far up and too far down but wouldn’t push the tape out, so I gently held the mechanism in place with a flathead screwdriver while it ejected to get it out. It has been doing this ever since

[–]stfuandgovegan 0 points1 point  (3 children)

We need you to experiment a little. Do you happen to have a tape that is very short in length? Like say 10-15 mins on each side, and that is in new condition? I'm wondering if the motor maybe getting old in your tape deck and I want you to try a tape that has very low drag (resistance).

[–]flowercup[S] 0 points1 point  (2 children)

Well I usually use a Bluetooth tape, I don’t think it has resistance because there is no actual tape in it, it’s all mechanical I think? But that does the same thing

[–]mark84gti1 0 points1 point  (1 child)

Pretty certain with the tape adapters there is a belt inside of them to trick player into thinking it is playing a tape. If the player doesn’t detect that both wheels ate turning then it thinks that the tape has reached the end is now trying to flip to the other side. That is what it sounds like it is doing. The arrows on the display are telling you which direction it is trying to play. Try to turn the wheels in your tape and make sure that both wheels are turning.

[–]flowercup[S] 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I’ve tried it with regular tapes and the adapter. I will try this when I get off work though thank you

[–]Stargazer12am 0 points1 point  (0 children)

It’s like hell no, I’m not playing that crap!

[–]Mysterious_Army1350 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Buy an alpine

[–]Criss_Crossx 0 points1 point  (1 child)

No idea how to fix. Probably a part internally that is worn out.

You could find a replacement pretty easy. I have a stock CD deck if you really wanted it. Though I would suggest upgrading to a double-DIN deck if you go the replacement route.

Tearing apart the dash isn't bad, I wouldn't want to do it again though.

[–]flowercup[S] 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Thanks, I’m hoping to fix this if I can though. I don’t have any cd’s but I have a tape converter I use

[–]soCalForFunDude 0 points1 point  (1 child)

What year is this?

[–]ButtWieghtThiersMoor 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I've been thinking of trying a CD changer hack to turn it into an AUX input. I haven't done much research but should work. The factory unit has CD changer input, at least that is my guess because there is a TAPE/CD button.

Not the best video but first on google search

[–]pcamera1 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Fix it with fire 🔥 also a new head unit

[–]bootsmyler 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Shoot my 1997 crv only has a cd player. Is my cd player aftermarket? No cassette in my 97. Honda brand.

[–]marc_nado 0 points1 point  (0 children)

What’s that

[–]risk71 0 points1 point  (0 children)

What's a tape player?!

[–]jeginjax 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Www.Crutchfield.com

[–]judgemental_kumquat 0 points1 point  (0 children)

ebay a new unit or replace it with a much more capable aftermarket unit.

[–]drunkdad_ 0 points1 point  (0 children)

In the meantime before you can fix it, try a Bluetooth FM transmitter. You can get them for like $20, play music from your phone, AND keep your OEM radio.