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My car battery went flat and I had to jump start my car, unfortunately my car radio was switched on at the time and now the display says 'READ' constantly and the radio doesn't display what is on either the i-pod or cd player. How do I rectify this problem?

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Find the reset button. If there is no reset. disconnect the neg. (-) cable on battery, reconnect. look in owners manual.

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