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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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sainathswar
sainathswar

7 months ago

worked like a charm.. thanks a ton..:)

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AUTiger96
AUTiger96

7 months ago

What an awesome hack! Worked perfectly on the first try. Used a paperclip. Thanks a ton!

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marox79
marox79

9 months ago

I have a broken scart pin on our DVD recorder. Those are hard to find. Any suggestions on how to extract said broken pin?

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KevinW285
KevinW285

1 year ago

tried it, worked a tad at first but pulled it out too fast.
tried again, very hot pin, let it cool 2 min.... pullout out slow....
WORKED GREAT. Thanks

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highstream
highstream

1 year ago

Plastic core of RCA pin? Mine is all metal and so far nothing has worked. See photos.

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ilangoacc
ilangoacc

1 year ago

Yes, I did, Thanks you Very much for your Marvelous Idea

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lydaa
lydaa

1 year ago

First try! Awesome, thank you so much for the tip!

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nycdave
nycdave

2 years ago

This is great advice and worked on 2 of 3 RCA broken plugs, 1 in speaker and 2 in TV. On one of the 3, sadly on the TV end, only the plastic portion of the RCA pin came out. The metallic casing/sheath/cover (whatever it's called) is still inside the jack. You can see it, but I haven't yet seen a fix-it for this specific problem. If you have any ideas, please share. I'm sure I'm not the only person who has experienced this problem.

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knutsfordchap
knutsfordchap

Reply 2 years ago

See my post - simply get another RCA plug, insert it all the way in, and when you gently remove it, the discarded sheath should be stuck round the outside of it - double bagging, if you get the image.

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knutsfordchap
knutsfordchap

2 years ago

It worked for me - brand new amp arrived and the short-pin RCA plug designed to protect the Phono-In had snapped off, leaving half of its pin inside. I heated a slim panel pin (the ones you knock into an Ikea Billy bookcase to keep the back panel on) then inserted it very gently into the centre of the plastic core of the pin. Held it for a few seconds to cool down, gave it a couple of minutes, and then gently, slowly pulled it out, with a slight angle of pull.

The plastic core of the pin came out, leaving the metal shaft/coating/sleeve still inside the Phono-In. Quelling the screaming bubbling up inside me, I simply inserted a new, quality RCA cable, and then gently removed it, with the nasty cheap metal sleeve attached to the outside of the pin. Job done, saving all the hassle of returning the unit for exchange

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madgegriff75
madgegriff75

2 years ago

Amazing!
I blunted and heated the pin. Worked first time. EASY. Thank you for this tip!

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JimH288
JimH288

2 years ago

I guess I'm ignorant into the makings of RCA plugs... and haven't tried it yet.... but I don't get how it works.... the plug that is stuck is what? copper? why does a heated Pin, paper clip stick to it.... ? why is there plastic core in the plug... is it the plastic left in the plug from where it was seated? Regardless, being pre armed with the making of that plug sure made for an elegant solution....

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BillP136
BillP136

2 years ago

Worked for me. Didn't even mess with the end of the needle, it stuck to it anyway.

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JonP10
JonP10

2 years ago

SPENJMN 4 EVER

thank you!

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ReubenR9
ReubenR9

2 years ago

This man deserves a Bells!!! Awesome!!! Had lotsa stress, tried screws, tweezers, etc. This trick did wonders in a minute!!!

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MichaelW725
MichaelW725

2 years ago

Ingenious my friend! Now I can buy the new amp I need instead of starting again with a new head unit. And oh how I love my head unit. GOOOOOAALLL!

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medoleader91
medoleader91

2 years ago

You are a genius ... Really big thanks, i appreciate

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LibDir
LibDir

2 years ago

A volunteer broke the tip of our audio cable off in the active speaker of my library's $500 speaker set. The local AV store quoted us $200 to take it apart and fix it, so I decided to try the internet first! Found this, gave it a shot, and it worked like a charm. (I used a paperclip, because no one could find a pin - still worked.) You saved my maintenance budget and family movie night!<3

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PJG8
PJG8

3 years ago

Dude you are my hero!

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LolaF7
LolaF7

3 years ago

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
yusuf Boxak

3 years ago

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
kannab2

4 years 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 :))))

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marjihs
marjihs

4 years 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.

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barbarellaXx
barbarellaXx

4 years ago

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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Downunder35m
Downunder35m

Reply 4 years ago

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
KatonaÁ

5 years ago

Thank you :) you saved me

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MattR77
MattR77

5 years ago

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

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FloR5
FloR5

Reply 5 years ago

amen

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FloR5
FloR5

5 years ago

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

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KevinD70
KevinD70

5 years ago

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
MortenV

5 years ago

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
MortenV

Reply 5 years ago

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
queenecarg

5 years ago

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
Downunder35m

5 years ago

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
Oakland EK

5 years ago

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
KathleenL3

5 years ago

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
MaxT5

5 years ago

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

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noangel1986
noangel1986

6 years 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 ;)

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noangel1986
noangel1986

6 years 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 ;)

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noangel1986
noangel1986

6 years 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 ;)

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krystal.a.briggs
krystal.a.briggs

6 years ago

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
keenan.reese.79

6 years ago

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
IamW

6 years 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

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jennifer.valentine.10

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

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markjayson.espiritu
markjayson.espiritu

6 years ago

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
sohail.hasan.906

6 years ago

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.