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Won't turn on!

I just bought a '93 Ford Taurus w/ KDC MP822 and I can't not get it to turn on. When I start car the face opens and then closes but nothing else happens. Help. I have never had a radio like this?

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  • Anonymous Nov 29, 2008

    I have the mentioned radio and the face will open and reclose after approximately five seconds; without illumination from the screen. What would be your opinion on a fix? Would the two ribbon cables fix this problem aswell? Thanks in advance.

  • Michael Lambeth Nov 29, 2008

    I have the mentioned head unit and the face will open and re-close after approximately five seconds; without illumination from the screen. What would be your opinion on a fix? Would the two ribbon cables fix this problem as well? Thanks in advance.

  • simonmw75 Apr 14, 2009

    If i replaced the two ribbon cables, and the display still doesn't work, what would you suggest i do next?



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This is a common problem with this model of Kenwood. It is caused by the ribbon cables that connect both displays to the main board.

here are those part numbers:


One of these ribbon cables needs to have the connector jack removed from the old cable and soldered on to the new cable.

It is not the most difficult job in the world, but without prior experience you could end up causing more damage than you started with. This is true with all electronics.

I can not guarantee that this will fix your problem, but in about 95% of these models it does fix them.

If you decide to get it fixed at a service center you can expect the cost to be from $100 to $125, depending on the cost of the part and the labor rates of the service center.

This is a higher end unit from Kenwood and the repair is well worth the cost as long as it doesn't exceed about $180, then it may be at the point when it makes more sense to just buy a new one with the full warranty.

I hope you found this information helpful and if you did a good rating of "FixYa" would really be appreciated.

Let me know if you need anymore help,


Posted on Jun 28, 2008


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