Disc problems skipping inner tracks.

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ThatOneName

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May 19, 2022
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Hello, I got a 2006 town car with 6 disc sound mark head unit. I've burned my own music to dvd-rw and they read just fine. However once it gets into the inner tracks. 15 and above it's starts skipping badly. I was told I could try adjusting the potentiometer. Is that possible would it help?
 

dave42

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It is the outer tracks, the disks burn from the inside out. It could be your car player is out of spec, or your burner is out of spec, or a "tolerance stack up" issue where the player and burner are both in-spec but at opposite ends of the range. Anyways, try a factory CD. That will tell you if it is the burner or the player. Cleaning the heads (lasers) of player and burner may help.

I have a similar issue in my '03. It has gotten to where cd's burned with two different burners (including a new one) have problems with the later tracks, but this is only on the in-dash unit. Mine has a 6 CD changer in the trunk and that one plays these same CDs fine.

Good luck.

edit to add: I've not heard of an adjustment inside the unit.
 
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bbf2530

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Hello, I got a 2006 town car with 6 disc sound mark head unit. I've burned my own music to dvd-rw and they read just fine. However once it gets into the inner tracks. 15 and above it's starts skipping badly. I was told I could try adjusting the potentiometer. Is that possible would it help?

Hi TON. Also, Lincoln/Ford back then (2006) recommended that only CD-R discs be used for burned CD's. Using CD-RW's and DVD-RW's can be problematic with auto CD players, as you have discovered.

I would recommend you try burning and playing a CD-R to see if it solves your skipping issue.

Let us know how you make out and good luck.
 

dave42

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Ah yes, CD-RW. I didn't think of that, as I only use CD-R. That could be part of the issue. But since it reads the early tracks okay, I still think it is just "getting old"
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ThatOneName

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May 19, 2022
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Iowa
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2006 Town Car Signature Limited
Thanks for all the help. I got it to work. I have an older USB rw drive I plugged it into my computer. Set the burn speed to medium in windows media player and re did a blank disc I put it in and it played just fine!
 
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