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Bypass parking brake for dvd player Kenwood kvt 512

What is the best way to bypass my parking brake so that the dvd player will play movies while the vehicle is out of park?

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  • Anonymous Dec 27, 2008

    how do I bypass the e-brake to watch dvds on my Kenwood KVT-512?

  • Anonymous Feb 17, 2009

    i have the same problem

  • vijer Feb 26, 2009

    Connecting the parking brake wire to ground does make the dvd display BUT there is NO AUDIO.  I have tried everything that has been suggested on various blogs but none work.  This is truly a software issue and poor design.  The same is true of connecting a memory card to the USB port. The system displays all the MP3's on the sd card and even plays them, but the AUDIO is muted.  

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Just connect the purple safety wire to the car's ground location or to the other ground wires.

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With my BMW I had to connect both the solid blue (pwr ant) wire and the blue with white stripe (p conn) to the solid blue wire from the factory harness. It isn't obvious that either of these are needed as the KVT-512 has it's own power supply but the way most factory power amps are installed the power from the KVT-512 is not used and the car manufacturers power amp needs to be turned on. If you are listening to the radio the pwr ant wire will turn on the power amp, this didn't seem obvious because the BMW doesn't have a power antenna. And when you are using the DVD player or the iPod connection you need the P Conn wire to turn on the car power amp as the ant pwr is disabled because you are no longer using the radio and Kenwood assumes you will not need the antenna so no power to this lead. Solder all three wires together and you should have sound all the time.

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I just spliced the parking wire into the positive wire on my cigarette lighter. This provides the voltage tricking the player into thinking that the brake is on. It takes almost no voltage to trick it. Even just licking your fingers and touching the bare part of the wire gives it enough voltage to bypass.

Posted on Dec 29, 2008

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You dont have a muted audio problem. Download the firmware update off the kenwood website. also jus connect the parking brake wire to a straight ground. works for me

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Solution 3 is by far the best, just ground the wire....much easier.

Posted on Feb 12, 2010

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