Check to make sure the right face came with your unit, I had an alpine once that did the same thing when I accidentally grabbed my friends face plate. Everything worked but the LCD. Check the model numbers to compare
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There is a fine ribbon cable that links both the main unit and the face plate. Due to the constant movement of opening and closing some of the conductive tracks develop cracks. That is the reason why when it closes half way it looses contact and the motor stops turning. The display illumination track must have completely broken. You will need professional help to replace it because its a little complicated to access this ribbon cable.Will cost you about 15$ plus labor.
I have the exact same problem. I called the tech line and the tech reported that the ribbon cable is probably broke. It is the flex cable between the head unit and the rotating face plate. He said it's not an expensive fix but we would need to mail it to a service center if you're like me and not near one. I just replaced mine with a new unit. It was about time anyways.
Alot, of the radios have a common problem with the connection from the radio's detachable face. What happens is corrosion builds up on the connectors between the pin and the connector itself. Sometimes you can clean it off with a small file. Also, some KENWOODS with the motorized face are known to have a problem with the ribbon cable connecting the face plate to the main board. The last time I repaired one I called KENWOOD and aquired the cable for about 65 dollars, what the problem is, is the cable is wrapped around a plastic white spindel with a high tension spring and places alot of pressure on the cable from the wear and tear of the face opening and it will cause strange problems such as: turning on and off, some buttons working while others don't, and the display partially turning on and off.