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Kdc-x879 In the mornings if its chilli or cold outside my kenwood cd player flips open and immediatly powers off.. One it warms up outside I turn the ignition on and the face flips downd and if i hit power the radio works perfect all day. Next morning same problem.. Its perfect all through the summer, is it worth fixing any ideas what it may be thanks.

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Re: kdc-x879

It needs a new ribbon cable. Some car audio repair shops stock these (mine does). Part is about $20-30. Labor will depend on the shop.

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