Originally Posted by Dr Bob
I hadn't played the CD player in over a year, I am sure. I don't care about replacing the audio, just want my CDs out!! I think I took the front off the inside of the car once for something, but don't remember. I'm pretty handy so anyone remember where there is a link to removing the dash and the audio??
For anyone who runs across this, I found the complete directions on how to remove the in-dash radio here!
I was able to remove the audio player and get my CDs out! The only potentially serious problem I ran into was the fact the faceplate of the audio player is connected to the guts by a ribbon cable that is the most seriously flawed designed cable I have ever seen. There are MANY ways of designing ribbon cable - this one is made so anyone who is not VERY, VERY CAREFUL will ruin it and with that, by by radio!! - not to mention about $1000 dollars to replace!!
Luckily I'm pretty handy with PC boards and was able to fix the problem with the ribbon cable, but not after sweating a bit! That Lexus has to go out of their way to design products in this fashion is just wrong!
At any rate, I have it all working just fine without spending an unnecessary $1000 dollars! And THAT makes it all worth while!!