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Kenwood MP532U display out


Saw your repair but am having difficulty with locating the ten (10) resistors that need to be re-soldered. Can you post a picture? I see five (5) 2R7's that someone identified as the resistors to be soldered. They are directly in the front. I see three (3) more about 1" directly to the right where there is some glue holding another component. Are those to be re-soldered also? Do you do this repair? My vision is not quite what it used to be and am basically afraid to try it...

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It is those 8 you identified for your model number. It is not the exact same number of resistors for every model. In fact, it is possible that it may not be the same solution for your model, but it probably is. You may have been looking at the solution for the same problem on a different model number. I can not remember 100% right now and if I were at work I could look it up on some old service tickets to make sure it is the same solution or not. Right now I am off of work for the next month or more rehabbing my neck, I just had surgery on it a couple of days ago.

It really is easy to resolder those resistors, just put a very small amount of solder on each one. Put the hot iron on the solder pad, just touch it with some solder, then go to the next solder connection. All 8 of the resistors need some fresh solder and you did identify them all, I can tell by how you explained it. I have done this repair many times, but I forget sometimes exactly which model numbers it is the valid solution for. I work on so many different model numbers of Kenwood car stereo's and it makes if difficult sometimes to be certain. Since you have the surface mount resistors and they are as you described, it should be the correct solution for your problem.

Let me know how you do with it, I would send a picture if I had one, but I don't.

Good luck,


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