Don't suppose you remember me but on Oct. 28th we had a chit chat about my car radio. I was able to get a remote,which came today. I followed your directions for unit 2 on the direction sheet. I t menu and track up to get to the code clear area. I used your code KCAR and I think it put it in but it did not clear. After I got the R in it just sat there. Did not know what to do next. Again I'm not sure about the code going in right. I got the K but when I went to the C the K did not stay,it just changed to the C and so on. Is the track up button the dial in the middlel of the unit on the right with the rotating button in the middle? I had to download the manual from the kenwood site but it never said which button was the track up. I am assumintng it is the button to change tracks. I bought the car with the radio in it and dont't know exactly all the features. the manual on line is for a couple of models. Bloy o boy is it complicated. I surely would appreciate any more feedback on this subject. Her's another kiss for whatever you have to say. :() Nancy
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Re: Kenwood Kdc-MP7028 code
Sure I remember you... hard to forget a kiss(specially in here :) It is the "next track" button referred to, and you need to hold it down for 3 seconds or so on some models to get the process to work. Try that and see how you get on. It should solve the problem for you. I know this process works because I have used it many times before. Let me know how youy get on, and I will get back to you a bit sooner next time. Cheers
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To the right of the six preset buttons on the face of the unit is a small small concave reset button. Push this to reset the entire unit. You will lose all your setting and the protection code will also be reset. The factory default is not to use the security code, but I recommend setting it to something you remember because this happens often enough on Kenwoods.
That code is $ for all shops, none of them will give it up. Kenwood does not want the code public, or it would defeat the point of having one. If you are friends with a Kenwood tech, you may be able to get it.
If you dont have an MP3 or Ipod input, then the best way is to buy an FM transmitter. This device plugs into your cigarette lighter and when connected to the Ipod will transmit the signal to the stereo unit. this device is actually like a micro radio station that you have to tune in on the Kenwood. These units are available at Wal-Mart, K-Mart, or online at Ebay, and Amazon.
The procedure for clearing the code is below, but first you must understand that you must have the remote to do this procedure. Kenwood has designed these radios so that the only way to clear the code is by using the remote. I know this because I work at an authorized Kenwood service center and have done this procedure many times.
If you do not have a remote, or you can not buy or borrow one, the only other way to clear the code would be to take it to an authorized Kenwood service center and they will do it for a small fee. The shop I work at charges $25 for this, but it is up to each shop as to how much they want to charge.
Here is the procedure:
1. While “– – – –” is being displayed, press [ >>I ] key for at least 3 seconds while pressing [AUTO] key. This makes “– – – –” display disappear.
2. Using the remote controller, input “KCAR”.
Press remote controller  key 2 times (Input for “K”) and then press [ >>I ] key.
Press remote controller  key 3 times (Input for “C”) and then press [ >>I ] key.
Press remote controller  key once (Input for “A”) and then press [ >>I ] key.
Press remote controller  key 2 times (Input for “R”) and then press [ >>I ] key.
3. The security is released and the unit enters the STANDBY mode.
4. If a wrong code is input, the unit goes into the Code Request mode.
Since this is the only way and it is the correct way to clear the code, I would very much appreciate a FixYa! rating. It is the only reward we get for offering people like yourself this free information.
Let me know if you need any further help, like needing to know where you can buy a remote or whatever other questions you may have.
Oh bugger.... looks like I miss out on that kiss :( You DO need the remote to clear the code. There is no reset button on the unit to bypass this either unfortunately. What I can suggest you do is to go to a kenwood agent or car audio installer and sweet talk them into entering the reset code for you. They often have a remote or can get one of of the box to help you out. You can find a procedure on how to do it here. Sorry this is your only choice. I used to do it in the workshop on radios I was repairing, and sometimes they would have the problem after they reinstalled it, so I used to do it for people for free. You could perhaps get yourself a replacement remote to go with the unit, I suggest ordering it from the same guys that perhaps reset the code for you. It is worth having a remote. Much easier to work the unit whilst driving with the remote.. Again, sorry this isn't what you wanted to hear. Please don't down rate me for being the bearer of bad news.
Same problem, different rig. Bought a bronco with a Kenwood KDC 516s in it, Guy had put a new optima battery in it CODE_ _ _ _ appeared and he has no clue what the "code" is. I have no "remote" and no desire to buy a "remote" for a #$%@ car stereo. Is there any way for me to re-set the code w/out the expense of a remote or a fee from a tech?? the musically challenged, Brew
P.S. The owners manual under the "accessory" section mentions the KDC x617/v-6017 remotes but fails to mention a remote for the 516s??
Your radio will require one of the following procedures.
Type 1 During the code request mode, while holding the DISP key depressed, press and hold the Volume UP or DOWN key for 3 seconds (so that “…” disappears). Then using your remote enter your code.
Type 2 Press the "Auto" button and "Track up" on face of radio at the same time. The four dash lines ( . . . . ) should "disappear".
Then using your remote enter your code.
Type 3 Model# DPX-4020 and DPX-4030 Press and hold the 1 then the 6 preset key (preset keys are the buttons on face of radio for storing you "favorite" radio stations). "C" should display. Then using your remote, enter your code.
Enter your number from the remote control unit. Your code number is 5227 (KCAR)
* Press numeric key “5” ( 2 times ) and press the Track UP/Next Track key * Press numeric key “2” ( 3 times ) and press the Track UP/Next Track key * Press numeric key “2” ( 1 time ) and press the Track UP/Next Track key * Press numeric key “7” ( 2 times ) and press the Track UP/Next Track key
The security is canceled and the set enters the TUNER mode!