Question about Car Audio & Video
Battery was replaced in my wife's car and now the Clarion fz502 car radio is asking for a code. I have tried 0000 but it wont unlock. Not sure what to do....??
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
SOURCE: clarion DXZ645MP
I have now gone through 3 of these units and encountered that exact same issue. The first came from a Tweeter store, the second from Ebay, and arrived with a CD stuck in it (I returned it), and the third from Ebay, ad that one just broke last week. It clicks when I try to load a CD. The only reason that I kept buying them is because I have an old BMW, and the black face and orange/amber illumination match my interior exactly. I am trying to contact Clarion, but the 'support' link on the site is not active. I tried to remove the stuck CD from the first unit to no avail. Basically, it is broken, and even if you remove the CD, the load/eject mechanism is broken and you can no longer play a CD in that unit.
Posted on Aug 31, 2007
SOURCE: Clarion PF2851B-A car radio will
Is this a stock OEM radio (came with the car when it was new)? I don't recognize the model number and that may be why. I work at an authorized Clarion service center and have never seen that model number.
If your radio has a reset button you can try that. The reset button is usually a very small (about 1/8 inch across) circular button that is not labed and can only be pressed with the tip of an ink pen or something similar.
It is not likely that this will help, but it is worth trying.
You may also need to enter the security code it has one, sometimes resetting a radio will cause this to happen. If you do reset the radio, you will need to re-enter all your preset stations and adjust the clock again because it sets everything back to factory defaults.
If this does not help, you will need to take it in to a service center to get it repaired. I have been repairing car audio systems for nearly 18 years and can tell you with certainty that there is no easy fix for these type of problems except a reset which rarely works.
It could have a bad voltage regulator, a bad motor in the mech, a bad sensor, or any number of other things that can cause your current problem.
If this is a OEM factory radio, you would save money by just buying a new aftermarket radio that will have more bells and whistles than the factory radio normally has, and a decent radio would only cost about $100 to $175. A repair of a factory radio usually costs more than that.
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Posted on Jul 11, 2008
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