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Kenwood KDC-X890 won't turn on

I've had my Kenwood for about a year. Today I plugged my Zune in to the AUX IN port. When I pressed the SRC button to navigate to AUX, it did not appear to be available. So I reset the unit per the instruction manual by pressing the small recessed button with a paper clip, and it wont turn on now. I made sure the recessed button is not stuck. I even went as far as to disconnect the car battery, hoping it would reset itself, but to no avail. Any help from a car stereo guru would be appreciated.


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Re: Kenwood KDC-X890 won't turn on

Maybe a fuse blew out or maybe a wire came loose. check the fuses first then check the wiring make sure everything is cool. then smell the cd player if it has a funky burnt smell kind of like burnt olives or almonds it blew the diode and its toast.

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