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No face illiumination

I have a jensen kdc 9520 cd player/ radio. I got all the wires connected right. It plays. The promblem is that it wont light up the face screen where you see the radio staion. all the other lights are illuminated though

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  • psg1488 Nov 30, 2007

    I have no illumination on my faceplate either although all of the other buttons are illuminated. I am wondering just how expensive it is to replace the backlight and just how this is done. Thanks for any information.

  • Tom Willson
    Tom Willson Jan 11, 2008

    Same problem...took faceplate apart. The LCD screen doesn't have a seperate light, and would have to be replaced as a I use the dome light at night.

  • Dan Daley Oct 02, 2008

    I too lost my illumination just yesterday with my KDC-9520. It was working fine before shutting off the car then after went to move the car, the lamp flashed then it went out. I haven't taken it apart yet to see how the lighting works but, sounds like from what I have read so far, I am not going to find much. Anyone figure this one out yet ?


  • Anonymous Nov 22, 2008

    Same problem and cannot locate replacement faceplates.



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That backlight has failed and replacement not cheap

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I have posted this question on fixya. I have a cheap solution, but it is not perfected yet. Jensen uses LEDs for the button illumination. They use incandescent grain of wheat lamps for LCD illumination. These lamps burn out, the LEDs last nearly forever. I replaced one grain of wheat lamp with one I had which is 6 volts. It is very bright. I need to know what the voltage is that Jensen built in. I suspect it is 12 volts. I have very tiny LEDs that I am going to try out in the LCD illumination.

Posted on Jul 19, 2012

  • William Narby Jul 20, 2012

    UPDATE: The LED works for the LCD illumination. W. Narby

  • James J. McClave Sep 04, 2012

    William Narby , can I contact you or you contact me please? Jim



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