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Display doesn't illuminate on flipdown faceplate

I have a Kenwood KDC-W5534U and the display on the flip down faceplate doesn't light up all of a sudden. I can still use the controls, ie CD player, radio, but can't see what I am displaying. Have I turned off something by mistake as it has always worked perfectly.

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  • elaine_roger Mar 10, 2009

    It was fine when we had all the bad snow, I do remove it of an evening and take it indoors, I will try your suggestion. My car is always warm inside.

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Has unit gotten very cold lately? If faceplate is removable, remove it and clean the brass terminals with a CLEAN pencil eraser, wiking sure to blow off any rubber "crumbs" when finished.

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