Wednesday, January 1, 2014

DIY - Tray gear replacement for Audiolab 8000CDM (VAM version)

After many years of service, the tray gear of my Audiolab 8000CDM (VAM version) gave way.

Initially I thought the belt driving the tray loosen after many years of service. Replacing it did not resolve the issue.

You could hear the motor after pressing the EJECT button but the tray does not budge. Upon closer inspection thru the CD tray opening, I could see the issue was caused by the non-rotating gear indicated by the RED arrow as the tray was not moving.
Offending gear without "teeth"

The next challenge was getting to it!!! Documentation on how to .. was not exactly widely available.

After much mucking around and researching numerous other posts, I noticed similarities on the Audiolab since it does use a Philips VAM assembly.

This is the procedure for removing the tray from the assembly - No other removal necessary.

Please remove power cable before beginning

1) Remove the metal cover and gently extended the tray to the maximum
2) Then use a screwdriver or similar tool to press the tab at the opening indicated by the beige arrow
3) Now gently slide the tray out from the assembly - in the direction indicated by the larger green arrow

How to remove tray after normally extended (to maximum)
You will now see a removable cover above the gear, towards the front of the CD tray assembly - gently release the tab and pull up to expose the tray gears. You can now remove the rubber band and the gears - see items below.

1st gear from LHS is the "toothless" one

Leaving the following behind.
Top view

Front view
Where to get a replacement?

Am ordering a full replacement set (2 gear and the rubber band). Will update once I have receive the parts.

Am deploying the Samsung C370 as backup transport until the 8000CDM can be repaired. Must say am surprised by it's performance so far!!!


Received the 3 replacement parts from an agent in China.

Luckily I ordered additional belts as the item which was packaged with the gears was a little larger!

The good old reliable is back on-duty again