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!

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kannab21 year ago

before reading this msg is used same technique iiits worked


04/27/17 Thank you so much! I use an old but very functional Sony receiver/AV system for sound with my tv, dvd, cd, vhs, roku, sat, and dual tape decks plus a stand alone speaker on my husband's side table because he is hard of hearing. The RCA to that speaker broke off inside the unit. I did not have a needle long enough and not clever enough to make a barb so I improvised with what I did have...a long pin used in quilting. Took two tries to get the pin red hot and pushed in far enough. Waited a few minutes and it slid right out! I am now listening to sound from my roku directly to my husband's good ear :))))

marjihs1 year ago

Thank you! My problem was actually a waffle maker knob that broke off, leaving an 1/8" piece stuck that I had to get out before I could replace it with a new knob. It took me a few tries, but I was successful. Thanks again.

Great to see all success stories. Mine is a little bit more complex so please help.

Rca cable broke inside new car TV console. I pushed it in too far initially and then tried the hot needle trick many times. It's in bits inside and not holding to pull out.

Should I try small screwdriver ? It's a brand new car so I don't want to go near the garage, really need it fixed so please help me

Even though it is time consuming and complicated it might be well worth opening the device.
This way you can access the plug from the inside, usually they are open at the end one way ot the other and you can push the broken parts out from the inside.

KatonaÁ1 year ago

Thank you :) you saved me

MattR772 years ago

God is good! This worked for me. Saved me some money as well. Thanks!

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FloR51 year ago

thanks so much, it worked..i knew there would a solution here

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