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New KDC-135 has Power but Faceplate won't light up

I recently bought a Kenwood KDC-135 for my '97 nissan pickup. After installation the unit is receiving power because I can see the red LED blinking. Attaching the faceplate, and pressing the power button, however, leaves me a blank, dark screen. At first I was worried that, for whatever reason, the faceplate wasn't receiving power, but I can hear the unit whirr and click when I press the CD eject button on the faceplate, so there must be some connection there.

Friends and co-workers have suggested I have a bad ground, or not enough voltage through the power wire. I have no way to test either really. One co-worker even suggested direct wiring the power and ground to the battery. The ground I hooked up to the chassis in the same place as the factory radio. The KDC-135 has two power wires. Red and Yellow. Could either of these be the issue, not supplying enough power? Could it be the connections I used? I used self-splicing connectors, the type that you feed the wires from both sides and pinch together the metal bar that bites down on both wires in the middle. Any help would be greatly appreciated. I'm tired of plugging earbuds from my portable cd player in my ears.

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  • mickyfknd May 18, 2009

    i have the same problem!! any ides??

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You shold always twist the end of the wiring together and tape them never use connectors, remove the connectors and twist the wires driectly to each other and tape them wiht electrical tape, the connectors almost always can not deliver the proper voltage..

Did you make sure you have the yellow to a constant connect wire and the red to a turn on?if not this can cause the radio not to work......

you can test wich is wich by turning the key off and putting the yellow to the one you think it is and red to the one you think it is, if you have have it right you will hear the CD player make a click run sound...... if not you will not hear any thing.

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Hi

The RED wire needs power when the ignition key is on aux or ign, also the yellow needs power permenantly for memory back up. You cant get more power than the 12 volts supplied by the battery

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