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Replacing the facepale

How do I go about replacing the faceplate ?

I got the stereo used and it opens/shuts with some help and plays music so I figured I would replace the faceplate.
I can see that the top left pin to the FP has the tip broke off.

I dont have the manual to read so I dont know how to remove the faceplate.

TIA for any help.

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  • dchopp Sep 24, 2008

    Guess I'll answer my own question in case someone else has the same problem.





    I located the manual at Kenwood USA (online).

    It was not correct it says Holding the center of the faceplate, pull it out during the period which you have set in the "Time setting for removing the faceplate" in the menu.

    When removing the faceplate, pull it out only when it is fully open.



    Well you can pull on it if you like but you wont get it off the head unit.

    When the faceplate is open during the time setting you need to use something like a paper clip and stick it in the hole on the bottom edge of the face plate and slide it to the side.

    The faceplate will now come right off, just as it should.

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That hole on that model is for a locking screw, the locking screw is installed to minimize theft and for other precautions. If the face plate is having any odd reactions its normally do to the flex cable. The best sign for a dying or dead flex cable is at the joint. The joint can be viewed at the point when you remove the face plate. Immediately after pulling the face plate off look behind the pivoting frame at the orange colored ribbon, you should only be able to see a small portion of it. If there is any sign of a yellowy residue its a sign that the protective covering of the ribbon is deteriorating. A bad flex cable is everything on the moving face plates.

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