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My kenwood radio keeps going into protect mode ive tried everthing i can think of an notin will work

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  • damo mino Sep 04, 2008

    i disconnected all the speakers and amps from the reciever box reset the unit an its still in protect mode!!!!! i put in everthing myself i had the exact same install but wit a different radio and never had any trouble wit it so its been in the car about 2 years problem free!!!! then bought the kenwood and wont work at all!!!!

    i rewired the whole lot re-crimped everthing cleaned the earths and replaced all the wire that had gone bad replaced all the fuses wit the manufacturer spec fuses and even had the unit sent back to kenwood to be fixed but no joy in gettin it back workin!!!!

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What did u try?
let me no and ill help u further

did u install your self?
or install any speakers?
or amps?

Posted on Sep 04, 2008

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