The CD multichanger in my Series 1 BMW has developed a fault. Any ideas how I can fix it?

I have a multi CD changer in my Series 1 BMW, which firstly wouldn't read any of the CD's and now refuses to release the cartridge from the player. This has developed over a few days. I'm reluctant to go to BMW as I imagine they will want to replace the whole unit.

Asked on 28 July 2012 by IB, Birmingham

Answered by Honest John
What can happen is that pirate CDs sometimes gum up multichangers because the coding on their rims is wrong. Have a look at the (probably separate) manual for the CD. Sometimes they have a pinprick hole in them through which inserting an unwound paperclip mechanically releases the mechanism.
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