Question about Car Audio & Video

1 Answer

Kenwood receiver My 16 yr. old bought a used car with a Kenwood KDC-MP232 receiver in it. It's been working great. The car battery was replaced and now we need the code. I've check on fixYa and it says to use 5227. I finally got it to where I can enter the code and the remote isn't working. I've tried new batteries with no luck. The remote worked last week. Should there be a light on the remote that goes on when a button is pushed?? I hate to buy a remote if the receiver isn't going to accept the code we have. Any help would be geatly appreciated.

Posted by on

  • 1 more comment 
  • Pam Stritzel Nov 27, 2008

    We don't have an authorized service center nearby, but there is an authorized dealer. Maybe they would help me and use one of their remotes. I know this sounds stupid, but should there be a light on the top of the remote so that I know if there is any power? I'm assuming so because there is a small buld there. I've tried numerous new batteries and it still isn't working. Without the remote I can't enter the code just like you said.

    I appreciate your help. I looked over all 57 pages of the help you've given people and saw how many times you've answered the same question about the code. You must have the patience of a saint to keep repeating the instructions!

  • Pam Stritzel Nov 27, 2008

    Thanks for all of your help. Your information was fantastic. I'm glad I ran across you on this site. I hope you recuperate quickly. Happy Thanksgiving, too!

  • Pam Stritzel Nov 28, 2008

    We got it working today, Dave. Thanks so much for the help. Thank goodness there are people like you who are willing to talk people through their dilemas.




1 Answer

  • Level 3:

    An expert who has achieved level 3 by getting 1000 points


    An expert that got 10 achievements.


    An expert that got 5 achievements.


    An expert whose answer got voted for 500 times.

  • Master
  • 624 Answers

I am a little hesitant to offer this help, but you should not pay for others inconsiderate actions. It seems that whenever I tell somebody how to do this procedure, if they have no remote, they get mad and give me a bad rating. You must have the remote for this procedure. And yes, it will work, and no, there is no other way to clear the code. This seems to make people mad. Sometimes they don't believe me. But I do work at an authorized Kenwood repair center and know these things for certain. I will give you this procedure, and if I get another bad rating for giving out this free help that Kenwood doesn't want us to tell anybody, then I will have learned my lesson and never offer this help to anybody again.

Here are the directions right form the service manual for your model.

How to clear the programmable security code (For models
of destination “K”)
∗ Operation 1
1. While “– – – –” is being displayed, press [>>I ] key for 3
seconds or longer while pressing the [AUTO] key on the radio. This
makes the “– – – –” display disappear.
2. Input “KCAR”, using the remote controller.
Press [5] key of the remote controller twice (Input for “K”)
and press [ >>I ] key.
Press [2] key of the remote controller 3 times (Input for
“C”) and press [ >>I ] key.
Press [2] key of the remote controller once (Input for “A”)
and press [ >>I ] key.
Press [7] key of the remote controller twice (Input for “R”)
and press [ >>I ] key.
3. The security is cleared and the unit enters STANDBY
4. If wrong codes are input, “– – – –” will be displayed again.

If you really do not want to buy another remote, see if you can borrow one from a friend, it doesn't need to be from the same model, just make sure it is from a Kenwood car stereo.

If you can not borrow one from a friend, you can take it to an authorized service center for Kenwood and they will do it usually for a small fee. My shop charges $25, I can not say what another shop will charge but my guess is that it would be similar.

I hope you have found this helpful, I am happy to help you further if you need any more help.

By the way, the only good rating is a FixYa!.....all the other ratings just hurt my overall average.


Posted on Nov 27, 2008

  • Dave DeGain
    Dave DeGain Nov 27, 2008

    I am not working at this time due to a neck surgery I have had recently and can not remember if the remote has a red light or not. You would think I would remember after doing this procedure well over 100 times at least. I don't think it has a red light, but I can't be certain. The bulb you see on the end of the remote that faces toward the radio when you use the remote is an infrared LED and you will not see the light coming out of it. That light is not visible to the human eye. Most service centers, even those that are not Kenwood authorized, should be able to check your remote very quickly. Walk in and ask them if they have an infrared detector, if they do it only takes a quick point and press of a button. If they detect the infrared the remote is most likely good. I use an infrared detector that looks like a credit card, it has a pad on it that illuminates when infrared is detected.

    Thanks so much for the compliment and the great rating. It is people like you that make giving out this free help worthwhile.

    Let me know if I can be of any more assistance.


  • Dave DeGain
    Dave DeGain Nov 28, 2008

    Thanks again for the kind words, it really makes for a nice Thanksgiving. I am glad to hear you got it working. If you ever need my help again feel free to contact me. I specialize in car and home audio equipment.

    I hope you and your family have a wonderful Thanksgiving.




1 Suggested Answer

  • 2 Answers

SOURCE: I have freestanding Series 8 dishwasher. Lately during the filling cycle water hammer is occurring. How can this be resolved

Hi there,
Save hours of searching online or wasting money on unnecessary repairs by talking to a 6YA Expert who can help you resolve this issue over the phone in a minute or two.

Best thing about this new service is that you are never placed on hold and get to talk to real repairmen in the US.

Here's a link to this great service

Good luck!

Posted on Jan 02, 2017


Add Your Answer

Uploading: 0%


Complete. Click "Add" to insert your video. Add



Related Questions:

1 Answer

I need to know which pin is for what

hi...try and check this site, there are lots of pdf about Kenwood KDC-MP232 CD Player...

Sep 24, 2011 | Kenwood KDC-MP232 CD Player

1 Answer


Absolutely and it's free from Kenwood ... Just enter your model number HERE

May 28, 2010 | Kenwood KDC-MP232 CD Player

2 Answers

Code for kenwood car stereo kdc- mp232


Mar 18, 2010 | Kenwood KDC-MP232 CD Player

1 Answer

Im buy a new car tree months ago im replace the batery nd now my radio says protect!!! its a kenwood kdc-mp232 what i got do?

enter the code you got when you bought the radio. you would have entered it the first time you installed it.

Sep 05, 2009 | Kenwood Car Audio & Video

1 Answer

I Forgot code to my KENWOOD MP232 Car Stereo

i have the same radio the stock code on mine is 0000 try that ive also seen kenwood use 1234 or variants of it unhook the battery for a few mins and rehook it up it should reset the code to stock.

Jul 09, 2009 | Kenwood KDC-MP232 CD Player

1 Answer


please i dont remember my 4 digit and i cantnot use my kenwood kdc-mp232 please send me a 4 digit

May 01, 2008 | Kenwood KDC-MP232 CD Player

2 Answers

Good evening!!

click the src button to standbay and then hit the menu button and select adj. clock then use the control button to set the clock up and down for the hour and side to side for the minutes when fished hit the menu button again

Dec 22, 2007 | Kenwood KDC-MP232 CD Player

2 Answers


"Protect" isn't for security on a Kenwood; it's caused by a problem with the speaker output. There may be a defect in the CD player, or you may have a blown speaker or a shorted speaker wire in the vehicle. Try disconnecting all the speakers and see if the unit still shows "protect" when you turn it on. If it still shows the "protect" message with no speakers connected, the unit needs to be serviced; if not, re-connect the speakers one at a time until you find out which one is causing the problem.

Aug 10, 2007 | Kenwood KDC-MP232 CD Player

1 Answer

Demo mode problem

From the user's manual (pg.23): 1. Select the Demonstration Mode. Push the Control knob towards [FM] or [AM]. Select the "DEMO" display. 2. Set the Demonstration Mode. Press the Control knob for at least 2 seconds.

Feb 13, 2007 | Kenwood KDC-MP232 CD Player

Not finding what you are looking for?
Car Audio & Video Logo

Related Topics:

207 people viewed this question

Ask a Question

Usually answered in minutes!

Top Car Audio & Video Experts

xxxxxx xxx

Level 3 Expert

4979 Answers

Donald DCruz
Donald DCruz

Level 3 Expert

17130 Answers


Level 3 Expert

81294 Answers

Are you a Car Audio and Video Expert? Answer questions, earn points and help others

Answer questions

Manuals & User Guides