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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.

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  • 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.



    Pam

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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
source.
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.

Dave

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


  • 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.

    Dave


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