Hello caliking and welcome to the forums!
So was the drive working well one day and then all of a sudden not at all? Or, did you try to read a disk after not using the drive for a very long time?
As olyteddy suggested, try using a drivecleaner disk if it is available to you. If you do not already own one or can not borrow one from a friend, I would not purchase a cleaning kit.
For almost the price of a cleaner you can purchase a new drive. What kind of computer is the drive in? (make and model please)