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Removing Broken Pin from an RCA Jack Answered

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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PJG8 (author)2018-04-14
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LolaF7 (author)2018-04-08

Thank you thank you thank you!!! Boyfriends brand new TV is saved because of this technique. Thank you a hundred times and a hundred more! Lola&Todd

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yusuf Boxak (author)2018-04-01

Hooooooraaaaayyyyyy whoever invented this trick shd b properly credited...i tried and tried and tried patiently coz i had seen all thoz comments until it came out...am so happy. i had even cald a mechanic to come get it out but thank u guys i have told him his services r not needed today...being easter i have opened a beer to celebrate.

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kannab2 (author)2016-05-11

before reading this msg is used same technique iiits worked

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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 :))))

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marjihs (author)2016-11-29

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.

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barbarellaXx (author)2016-05-05

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

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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.

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KatonaÁ (author)2016-04-05

Thank you :) you saved me

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MattR77 (author)2016-01-21

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

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FloR5 (author)2016-03-27

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

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KevinD70 (author)2015-10-29

Simple fix Take a satiety pin and heat it up with a lighter. Gently Push it into the center of the plastic piece stick inside the socket.. The heat will melt the plastic and allow you to penetrate the plastic fairly easily. Wait about 30 seconds for plastic to cool and harden around the pin. Then just pull it out. It is very easy..

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MortenV (author)2015-09-11

Hello guys!

Q: Why is one of my pins made out of plastic?

Can it even get signal through plastic? I'm really confused.

I bought the cable a while back and it worked fine. Now, the right side of my speakers doesn't play anymore. So I looked around and saw the right head (red) had a plastic pin. Ah! Found my problem... But how could it work before then? Ugh.. And who in the world would sell me 1 plastic pin and 1 metal? ...I feel.. robbed... :-/

But the question is just why one of the pins is of plastic. Thanks :)

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MortenV (author)MortenV2015-09-14

I think I found out. The plastic stick probably had a metal capsule, which broke off somewhere. I bought a new cable. Great forum by the way! :)

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queenecarg (author)2015-09-07

I just did this and it worked like a charm. Used a paper clip though because the needles kept breaking. Thank you!!

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Downunder35m (author)2015-08-22

I have seen on quite a few connectors that they are open at the end.
Some are covered by the contacts but the better ones are not.
If the later is the case and you confirmed that with a flashlight (being able look through an unused RCA hole) it is quite easy to push the broken center pin through the hole instead of trying to get it out the right way.
Of course you need to open the device anyway for the removal to avoid short cuts.

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Oakland EK (author)2015-08-22

I had some RCA Composite cable plugs connected to my tv.......Someone acci-dently broke two of the cable pins off into my tv, trying to step over the plug cable.. I was able to remove the right side with some pliers...However, the cable pin on the left side was buried inside of my tv.....I was thinking of perhaps using a tiny drill or even getting rid of the tv.....But, I followed the instructions from this post, by taking a rather sizeable sewing needle, heating it, inserting it into the cable pin. After the pin cooled down, I attempted to remove the needle and the pin came out with the needle. Miraculous indeed !!!! Thanks a million !!!!!!

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KathleenL3 (author)2015-08-15

Thank you!!! I was shopping for new TVs when in a last ditch effort I decided to google the problem. You just saved me a whole bunch of $$. Thank you!!!

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MaxT5 (author)2015-04-26

Thank you!! Thank you!! Thank you!! Thank you!! Thank you!! Thank you!! Thank you!!

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noangel1986 (author)2015-03-14

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 ;)

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noangel1986 (author)2015-03-14

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 ;)

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noangel1986 (author)2015-03-14

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 ;)

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krystal.a.briggs (author)2015-02-13

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. :)

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keenan.reese.79 (author)2015-02-04

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. :)

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IamW (author)2015-01-18

??? 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

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jennifer.valentine.10 (author)2015-01-03

YOU SIR........ARE A FREAKIN GENIUS!!!!!!!!!!!!! THANK YOU SOOOOOOOO MUCH!!!!!

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markjayson.espiritu (author)2014-12-20

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. :)

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sohail.hasan.906 (author)2014-12-07

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.

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Downunder35m (author)2014-09-19

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 ;)

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RachelleJ (author)2014-09-19

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

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ThumbSucker (author)2014-09-07

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

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keith.b.gould (author)2014-09-02

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

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TexasDaddy (author)2014-08-18

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.

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rick.mitchell.374549 (author)2014-08-15

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

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humancomputer (author)2014-07-15

beautiful beautiful beautiful beautiful beautiful beautiful beautiful beautiful beautiful beautiful beautiful beautiful beautiful beautiful beautiful beautiful beautiful beautiful beautiful beautiful beautiful beautiful beautiful beautiful beautiful beautiful beautiful beautiful beautiful beautiful beautiful beautiful......wonderful brain work.....worked so perfect....GOD BLESS YOU IN A THOUSAND FOLDS

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Augustarae (author)2014-07-08

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.

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skarnati (author)2014-06-25

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

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bonjon33 (author)2014-06-16

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

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pkrisnamurti (author)2014-05-16

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!

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pmsnds (author)2014-04-27

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.

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ladybirdmorris (author)2014-03-31

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.

THANK YOU AGAIN!!! :-)

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irishblue (author)2014-02-02

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.

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bglen21 (author)2014-01-24

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

I thank you

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mraslowsky (author)2014-01-01

Oh my gosh!! Crazy! Thank you thank you. God bless

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hoppyfrank (author)2013-10-28

brilliant tip! used a straightened fish hook.worked first time! took 4minutes.

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mkelley27 (author)2013-09-25

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...

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Diamonddds (author)2013-08-09

I was pulling what was left of my hair out until I tried this technique! You are the man! Thanks a million

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tmk257 (author)2013-07-03

Great tip, pulled out all 3 broken RCA cable pins, thanks

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