It appears to be falling apart like a vacuum cleaner motor. You do not need to tear these apart. Look at these wikicommons pictures. Taking apart a CD player and finding the motor is fairly easy.Start by turning it upside down and removing the screws holding the bottom plate on.
One way to distinguish the center tap (common wire) from a coil-end wire is by measuring the resistance. Resistance between common wire and coil-end wire is always half of the resistance between coil-end wires. This is because there is twice the length of coil between the ends and only half from center (common wire) to the end. A quick way to determine if the stepper motor is working is to short circuit every two pairs and try turning the shaft. Whenever a higher than normal resistance is felt, it indicates that the circuit to the particular winding is closed and that the phase is working.
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