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Faceplate won't close

This morning I got in my car to find my Kenwood KDC-X815 faceplate rotated half way like it does when changing CDs. Usually it does this for a few seconds when I turn off my car, presumably to give the opportunity to remove it if desired. When I cranked the car, the faceplate rotated to the open operating position but appeared to have no power. After a few seconds it rotated to halfway again. Taking the faceplate off and reattaching didn't seem to help. I also hit the reset button. I could hear the various moving parts in both the head unit and the CD changer under the seat moving, but this also had no discernible effect. Any ideas or suggestions? In all my research I saw that replacement faceplates can be purchased. Will those work with what I already have installed? Thanks for any help you can offer.

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Alot, of the radios have a common problem with the connection from the radio'sFaceplate won't close - 2.gif 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 KENWOOD2.gif 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, the display partially turning on and off, and the face to act peculiar and flip down halfway. In addition, sometimes the face open and close switches go bad, but I've never had to replace them yet. .

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