Removing Broken Pin from an RCA Jack

I recieved a free, working TV the other day. The only problem with it was the pin from an RCA video cable had broken off inside the socket. I didn't want to spend money on an RF modulator for my DVD Player, so I figured out a pretty solid way of getting the pin out. 1.) Find a needle 2.) On a hard surface, bend the very tip of the needle slightly so that it forms a tiny barb. 3.) heat the tip of the needle with a lighter until it glows red hot. 4.) stick the needle into the plastic core of the broken RCA pin 5.) wait a few seconds for it to cool 6.) pull the needle out, and the broken tip should follow!

noangel198617 days ago

thanks so much worked like a charm :) I was stressing coz only brought the tv yesterday I used the iPhone pin that you remove your sim card with ;)

noangel198617 days ago

thanks so much worked like a charm :) I was stressing coz only brought the tv yesterday I used the iPhone pin that you remove your sim card with ;)

noangel198617 days ago

thanks so much worked like a charm :) I was stressing coz only brought the tv yesterday I used the iPhone pin that you remove your sim card with ;)

I can't believe it was that easy! I used a paper clip and it took all of 30 seconds. So glad I found this post. :)

That was awesome, after realizing that the plug wasn't magnetic I suspected an alloy, but wasn't prepared to think it was plastic. It worked without bending the needle. Dreaded the thought of ruining my dvd recorder. Thanks ever so much. :)

IamW2 months ago

??? crying joy I thank u I thank u I just bought this Xbox one and it broke off in my new 60 inch flat screen this was really helpful


You saved my life! Mom just got a brand new TV and I broke 3 jacks upon replacing it on the TV brackets. I was thinking of sneaking it out to the repair shop before she comes back and shell out some money, then pretend like nothing happened. Good thing I bumped into your post. Thank you, your way worked like a charm. :)

Thankyou , very nice. I tried another way. I took a common pin. Cut it from the middle. Applied elfy (a sticky glue that gets hard in seconds). Put it on the center of stucked plastic pin for few seconds and pulled it out easily. Just take care in applying the elfy. Should not apply more than required otherwise it may stuck the pin if it gets outside edge of the pin. Regards.

Downunder35m6 months ago

I don't know how many here had the serious problm that the jack broke off as a result of being stuck in the first place.

Over the years I had a few that should have been replaced due to corrosion or abuse by kids.

But there is still a last ditch solution that most people that rarely take apart electronics don't know:

RCA connectors (the type soldered into electronics) are usually open from the back.
The centre goes to a connector that is soldered on but often it has a small hole in it's centre - this hole can be used with a small drill or push to force the stuck plug out.

Of course this requries to open the case and check if your plug is open on the back or not.
If you have enough plastic in the centre left to do the needle trick you might as well try a small diameter wood screw instead - you now the pointy type...
Getting a hot screw in by hand is not recommended so I suggest to use a good ftting srewdriver with a magnet on the shaft.
The magnet gives enough hold for the heating and the "drilling" into the plastic.
Don't heat it to glow, just enough to screw it into the plastic a few turns and then hold in place to let it cool down.
Once cooled you can use some pliers to pull the screw with the plug out.

this is a good way for very stuck plugs as, after the cooling, you can use the srew to turn the plug in the hole while pulling it out, much easier than brute force alone ;)

RachelleJ6 months ago

THANK YOU!! Worked like a charm on my sons friends tv! They called me a bad a$$ mom! Lmao!

ThumbSucker6 months ago

Thanks for this! I have finally removed the pin that has been stuck for months!

keith.b.gould7 months ago

You're a genius. Just made this work with a safety pin and extracted a broken off 3.5mm (1/8") stereo jack.

TexasDaddy7 months ago

Thank you, we used the idea with tiny drill bit, warmed it up with a lighter and it pulled out on 2nd try!! Thanks again.

i have a better idea if you have some one that knits take a very small knitting needle the one i used is a #13 heated it up stuck it in place pulled on it out came the broke off piece of the rca tip it has a small barb on the end for making very small crochets it worked just fine i removed it from a planet audio car amp

humancomputer8 months ago

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Augustarae8 months ago

Thanks so much for this tip. I too bought a new Tv and tried to connect my DVD player a few weeks later. I discovered the broken pin. I tried to put a barb on a needle or safety pin but it didn't work for me. The needle just came out empty. So I have another tip. I took my tiniest drill bit which is smaller than the broken pin and then followed the rest of your instructions. Each groove in the drill bit is like a barb. It worked! Thanks again.

skarnati9 months ago

Thanks so much for such a brilliant solution for such a hilarious problem!

All it needs is patience, speed, accuracy & a little skill.

We just heated the needle (without bending) using a candle & digged it into the plastic. It came out after 3-4 tries

bonjon339 months ago

Just wanted to say thank you for posting this tip Grandson broke off the tip from his xbox cable in the tv, he was devaststed I found your tip on here and in about a minute I had the pin out Used the heated metal needle method.Got the plastic piece and the metal piece all on the first try Now I am the best Grandma in the world. He was so sure I couldn.t get it out he bet me a ice cream cone lucky me

pkrisnamurti10 months ago

Many, many thanks. Works perfectly with my new Yamaha receiver's subwoofer RCA input. Suddenly, I pulled the RCA cable into the wrong direction and broke the pin inside. Had tried everything, but with no succeed. Until I read this brilliant tip!

pmsnds11 months ago

Thanks. Worked like a charm. I had found instructions using hot glue but was concerned about getting glue where it shouldnt be. I followed the instructions without bending the needle. Heated the tip with a candle and at first missed the part of waiting a few seconds for it to cool. I reheated tip, inserted and let it cool for seconds and easy as ever. Repeated for 2nd broken tip and it worked just as great. THANKS SO MUCH - I was ready to search for a repair guy tomorrow. And yes, I signed up just to thank you.

I also signed up on this site just to personally say THANK YOU for the wonderful tip!!! I truly worked! I used a medium sized safety pin and everything else was exactly the same.


irishblue1 year ago

Thank you so much. I tripped over my Xbox and the video cable broke off in my brand new TV. I created an account just to thank you for providing the info for me to fix it. I used some kind of extra large pin with a pearl on the end...I think they're called hat pins. Worked on the 2nd try. Thanks again.

bglen211 year ago

you, sir, are a life-saver and a genius.

I thank you

mraslowsky1 year ago
Oh my gosh!! Crazy! Thank you thank you. God bless
hoppyfrank1 year ago
brilliant tip! used a straightened fish hook.worked first time! took 4minutes.
mkelley271 year ago
Pulled my RCA out and one of the copper sheaths that goes over the pin ripped and was left in the input. Then, unknowingly, my friend jammed the now plastic pinned RCA back in and sunk the cooper even farther into the input. I can barely see it but maybe some really thin tweezers might get it out? Is it possible for it to be jammed in and another RCA to still work? Or does the electric current feed from the tip of the pin? Any ideas on how to get the sheath out now that it's so far in? I have a feeling the safety pin isn't going to work...
Diamonddds1 year ago
I was pulling what was left of my hair out until I tried this technique! You are the man! Thanks a million
tmk2571 year ago
Great tip, pulled out all 3 broken RCA cable pins, thanks
Forfattare1 year ago
Dude, you seriously saved me, i tried a lot of stuff, and i was about to give up, but I said "our last resort is google" found you, and your idea worked like a charm, thanks
hmcgroyn1 year ago
worked perfectly, after many failed ideas. used a skinny safety pin
col-852 years ago
Just made an account to say cheers , worked like a charm !
dmurrayjr2 years ago
That was brilliant... Worked perfectly... Thanks Alot
omorex2 years ago
Thank you! Worked perfectly.
pressieguy2 years ago
finally made some progress after seeing this tip.
just some notes id like to add.
i found safety pins work best, needles snaps too easy. get a decent size safety pin too. i used a small and a medium sized one and it wouldnt pull out. i had to go buy a larger size pin and it worked.
pull upwards. when i started pulling i thought leaning towards the metal barb/bend and pulling would be more effective.

my broken tip is still stuck in side the rca connector. i had some cheap crappy rca cables broken inside and the outside of the pin was made of metal and inside was plastic. anyone got some tips on getting the rest of the pin out?
sns12252 years ago
Bought a LEd tv few months before...My kid recently pulled the TV table which had tv receiver connected to led via rca..the yellow point broke & we were unable to view TV for days...had an 1 yr int warranty,however as i lost my invoice dealer not ready to provide warranty service. after trying every thing..googled for help...ur solution works brilliantly...really amazing...Thank u so much..u made my day & saved me some bucks
dleong12 years ago
You're an absolute legend!!! Lost one TV channel due to pins broken in the jack awhile back. Did it again today with the remaining channel T.T........ thought had to say goodbye to the TV. Thank you for this! Your trick worked like a charm!!! Now the TV has both channels back ^___^!!!
icampbell42 years ago
Simply AMAZING! Can't thank you enough!
Thanks a bunch for suggestion. My 3 year old son smashed the woofer of the home theater; broke both left and right RCA jacks. The two broken pins were completely inside, with no part exposed, hindering me to use a fine plier to pull them out. I thought of taking the set to the repair shop and shell out a good amount. But I came across this wonderful suggestion while searching for a possible solution and it worked like a charm. Few minutes and got both the pins removed....replaced with a new RCA cable...home theater working perfect again.

You saved me money and lots of frustration while dealing with the repair guy.
jai4dev2 years ago
Thanks very much...worked just fine..just bought karaoke,everybody was having good time singing when this bad thing happened..broke one of the audio pin in the port but with this sure solution we got it out in no time..thanks again.
just wondering only the plastic part came out..what about the top metal coating ?
In my case the sound system still works fine.
bugsypugsly2 years ago
It worked!!! Didn't know if I could do this, because I couldn't bend the safety pin as far as I wanted it to go. Tried it without heating it up. Didn't work. Heated it up like the instructions said. It worked!!! Thank you.
LOL! Broke off the composite cable tips off the Aux jack in my SUV. I figured I was going to take apart the center console just to replace the plugs. Instead, thank you for saving me time and aggravation!
Lawrence3952 years ago
Thank you so much it really work! I have a new LCD tv and while fixing the cable lines, i trip the tv and almost fell off the cabinet and grab the tv but broke the rca cable and left the pin inside.At first i tried using a super glue but it didnt work and makes the situation worse because the pin itself glued inside the tube. I freak out. Next day i googled and found something here might do the trick. Bend needle tip will be very good. The needle handle even went off and have to use a plier. Thank you million times!
thankyou cant believe it worked so well and quickly, im not very good with electrical goods so saved me payin someone.
sarah_h2 years ago
Worked great!! I also just made an account to comment :) Took me a while to find a needle that I could bend the tip on (they tended to snap) but ended up finding a safety pin that did the job perfectly. Thanks!
rhenderson92 years ago
Thank you so much for showing me how to save my TVs RCA video jack! You're a genius!
this actually worked normally nothing works for me but this did, by the way u can also use a small screwdriver and heat the tip of that 2 instead of a needle
glucas13 years ago
Thought it was too good to be true, but gave it a try and was amazed at how well it worked. Thanks Google! Thanks instructables! Thanks genius guy who took the time to share!
lovers293 years ago
i just made an account to comment. it worked great! i am amazed that you figured this out
Booneboys3 years ago
Totally amazing. My son broke the xbox pin off in our tv and I had no idea how to get the pin out. I took the tv apart but that was a waste of time. I used the needle trick you gave and it worked great. The only thing is the first time I didn't leave the needle cool off long enough inside the tv socket the first time. But the second try worked great after leaving the needle cook off. I also didn't bend the end of the needle and it still worked. I cannot thank you enough. Thanks again. You saved me from buying a new tv.
danajrock3 years ago
hilarious.... never in my life have i taken the 5 seconds to "sign up" just to leave a comment... but for real.. thank you. lo
thank you so much for this trick.
i tried everything then i opened up the TV and now that i decided to electrocute myself , i thought why not Google it as well. then i found this very useful instructables
This isnt an instructable. There are many of these in 10 times better! if you just click one of those tabs on top :)
danbrubaker3 years ago
Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! Like many of the other commentors, my son was the culprit. Thank you so much for the tip. You saved me a couple grand!
loujr19773 years ago
You, my friend, are a genius. Thank you. My toddler broke the RCA right into my 72" DLP. I was stumped and luckily I found this thread immediately. THANKS!!
zsutherland3 years ago
thanks this really helped me out with my amp. i tried for 30 mins to take the jack off and it took 15 secs to do this. surprised me alot
i put hot glue on a pen and stuck and pulled it out worked great same concept
WOW that worked GREAT!!!!!!! Thank you !!!!!!!!
I'm amazed! It worked!!! Thanks for posting your solution. You're a rockstar!
mcveinot3 years ago
Thank you so so much! We were stymied as to what to do and tried everything we could think of. I finally stumbled on this and it worked. Whoo hoo!!
byaga3 years ago
Saved a lot of hassle, like unscrewing a million screws :D.. lol
All I need now is just to change rca plugs. THANKS!
saderman3 years ago
I love you! My 2 year old broke the cable in our Roku. Problem solved.

gypsypunk3 years ago
your sir are awesome worked like a charm thanks for the tip
jcooper173 years ago
Thanks sooooo much!! Really works well!
vmay3 years ago
Well, I tried the hot pin and it worked. Thank you thank you.
I made sure I got a needle for upholestry which was long as well. I threaded the needle with heavy duty button thread. Then heated it with a "Candle" lighter. I slowly inserted the needle into the PIN. Waited a good minute for it to cool. The heat conducted in the needle smoothly pirced the plastic pin inside the AV plug.
I then utilized the thread on the needle as leverage to pull so the needle would not slipp out of my fingers.

NEW TV SAVED!!!! Thank you Thank you Thank you
erin7173 years ago
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cedwards24 years ago
YES! YES! YES! After a year of worry about solving this issue, My flatscreen TV is SAVED!!!! Thank you thank you.
dican884 years ago
This method worked for me too!! I had to use a thicker needle, and used the eye end. I also used a thimbal to push it into the plastic far enough. This was a life saver for me and my son's Xbox is back in business!! Thanks a ton :O)
12HotMom4 years ago
U r a Flippin Genious! :) :) :) My 3 1/2 yr old has the talent of breaking things by accident (I hope) and this one stumped me. I had the tv opened up and ready to take apart when I decided to try the good old World Wide Web and your fix was 1st that showed up. Thank you soooooo much.
joe colwell4 years ago
like many others have said, you are an absolute life saver! you saved me a lot off money and time, and solved a problem i have been faced with for nearly a year now! many thanks!!!
lmprice214 years ago
I havent tried it yet, but i cant find another solution lol so im gonna try it out later, seems like its gonna work. My son is a bull in a china shop. he "accidentally" broke the video pin off in the brand new dvd player that i havent even had a month! i was about to throw it away or buy and adaptor or something. My dad, who is an electrician didnt even know how to fix it!! lol so thank you for this post, If it works, which im sure it will, you will have saved me some money and a headache lol
Why don't you open the dvd player up, and push the broken pin BACK out of the socket? This is pretty simple to do, most RCA jacks are internally open ended (on the inside of the device) so that they don't get packed up with dust/dirt.
aj.takoo4 years ago
Thanks dude... this actually worked!!! I too became a member to say thank you.
rso7134 years ago
My 83yr old Step-father broke of two RCA cable tips on his very expensive flat screen TV. He asked his grandson to see if he could fix it, Well the "Expert Grandson" told him that he was not a TV repair person and couldnt figure it out! I Googled the problem, I tried this application and within about 2 minutes I had both of them out!! This really, really works!!

Thank You 
blaver4 years ago
thanks my brother loves you
this_that5 years ago
You sir are a genius.  I was at a local thrift store and came across a nice Sony powered sub that was marked for $10 "as-is"  since the sub had this exact same issue with the rca jack.  So I looked up how to possibly fix something like this on my iPhone and came across this post.  So I decided for $10 I would give it a go.  I first tried with little needles from a sewing kit, but didn't work, then I saw a thick needle in the needle set and got the tip very hot.  The second it made contact with the plastic rca pin it sizzled up all around the needle; I waited a few seconds and then pulled out the needle followed by the pin along with it.  I hooked up the sub to my reciever and the sub worked great.  I registered just to make this post to say "THANK YOU" and that you are a genius; if you are still reading this post you made back in 2007.  LOL!
Mjjoood5 years ago
Brilliant Idea and wonderful/concise instructions.

Thank you. It worked like a charm. I signed up to say this.
lalabora5 years ago
dude, you are amazing... thanks so MUCH
CharlesL305 years ago
That was awesome!  Worked like a charm!
boyz1235 years ago
wow this actually worked thank you :-)
saspic6 years ago
I had to sign up to say it worked for me, too! Saved a brand new receiver. I used a candle to heat a safety pin. Only took about a minute. After pulling out the plastic core, the metal jacket was protruding from the hole slightly. My needle nose pliers are nigh-well useless, and at one point pushed it all the way in. I was able to pry it back out with one of the plier prongs and finally fish it out with my fingers. Thanks!
invaderzil6 years ago
OOOOOh my god!!! You are a life saver!! My two year old broke the pin off in our tv, and we were starting to freak out a bit. Thank GOD for the internet, google, and YOU good sir!!
lexdiggy6 years ago
Boy was I scared when the male rca tip broke off in my pioneer cdj turntable...your method worked like a charm on getting a tip out. Thanks!!!
fiddlechick6 years ago
You are our hero! We were about ready to buy a new subwoofer when the RCA cable broke off in the jack. We took the unit apart and couldn't see any way to get the pin out. We stuck a hot needle in it (without bending the tip -- we weren't able to do that), and it pulled the pin right out. It left the metal sleeve, but we were able to work it out with a mini screwdriver until we could grab it with needlenose pliers. Thanks you!
guyfrom7up7 years ago
RF modulators cost less than 5 dollars online But nice trick!