How to Troubleshoot Delco CD Players

By Jon Stefansson

Troubleshoot your CD player in a few simple steps.
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Delco is a company owned by General Motors and is the brand by which many CD players are labeled in GM vehicles. Should your Delco car stereo stop working, it may be due to a simple problem you can fix easily. By checking a few common causes of trouble, you could be enjoying your favorite CDs on the road in no time.

Spare your blushes and check the obvious first. Check that the CD player is set to CD mode and not radio or auxiliary. Make sure the volume is turned up and the stereo turned on.

Check the fuses. If the stereo wont turn on, the fuse may have blown. Consult your owners manual to find the location of the fuse box in your particular vehicle. Open it up and look inside. Your manual will tell you which fuse corresponds to the stereo. Purchase a replacement from an auto store.

Set your stereo to radio mode. If sound comes from the speakers it can rule out problems with the speaker connections. If you don't hear any sound, it can mean the stereo connections have worked loose or the CD deck is experiencing problems.

Insert a lens cleaning CD. These discs have tiny brushes attached to the reading surface that can clean built-up dust and debris from the lens. A dusty lens can cause CDs to skip or not play at all.

Try a different CD. Some CD players can have problems with discs burned by computers. Put a store-bought record into the stereo and see if it plays. If it does, it may simply be a faulty disc.