20 Most Recent Pioneer DEH-P8600MP CD Player Questions & Answers

when you take the unit out of your car and looking at the top of the unit there are two black screws. Remove those then remove the entire cd player cage by the 4 CHROME screws on the four corners of the cage the two in the front are in the two holes in the ver front (**use magnetic screw driver for this**) then disconect the two wire plug and the ribbon cable from the bottom of the cd player cage **BE GENTLE** there are two black tabs on either side of the ribbon cable. THEY ONLY MOVE ABOUT 1/8TH ON AN INCH using a jewler flat blade screw driver gently slide the clip out to un crimp the ribbon cable then once the cage is removed you can open the face. To open the face there is a white gear wheel on the rightn hand side of the unit you can rotate it with your thumb with a little effort. Rotate accordingly..... at that point you shouldnt have any problem but let my know if you do..

Pioneer... | Answered on Sep 29, 2014

You need to take the unit apart to fix the cable since the other end of it plugs into the board inside, it's pretty easy to take apart though. Good luck!

Pioneer... | Answered on Oct 30, 2012

hi paulamreel, before tossing the unit check out the speaker wiring and condition of your speakers. if any of the eight speaker lines is shorting or touching the body(ground) of the vehicle, your problem will persist. if one or more of your speakers is faulty(check tweeters and midranges too) then this condition will persist. if the fault only appears while listening to the radio section and your unit has a rds feature then try switching off the TA feature for better reception. its all worth a try. cheers!

Pioneer... | Answered on May 28, 2012

Car audio decks are just like pets....You go through many in a life time and you will eventually just have to put the thing to sleep....Not meaning to sound insensitive but It sounds like the micro crystals and/or micro electrical circuits are finally fried. These "quirks" as you described, are symptoms of an elderly deck that was dying of microscopic electrical short circuits which caused the main panel to go...Dust, corrosion, and heat are immanent and typical causes. It's really going to be more money fix it than whats it would be worth to just buy a new one. You can find refurbished ones on E-bay pretty easily, or you can be open to trying something different. I have had the best luck with Pioneer, JVC, Bose and Rockford-Fosgate. Stay away from cheaper brands such as "Rampage", "Audiovox"...people just buy those to fill the hole in the dash before they trade thier car in.

Pioneer... | Answered on May 06, 2011

try pacparts.com.

Pioneer... | Answered on Apr 22, 2011

it probably has a bad flexible cable.

Pioneer... | Answered on Mar 18, 2011

ebay sells the ribbon cable

Pioneer... | Answered on Jul 21, 2010

You can download a PDF of this user manual online from the Pioneer web site. Go here:

Click on the link, owners manual for the download.

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Pioneer... | Answered on Jul 09, 2010


Radios have a theft-proof system that freezes the radio if power is interrupted. It was designed that way to prevent theft of the radio. The downside is your radio will be locked if you disconnect the battery for any reason, or if the battery dies. When you restore power, it will say ‘CODE‘ on the display.

  • When the radio displays CODE, you may enter the code using the preset radio station buttons
  • For instance, my number is 1615, so when I get the CODE on the radio’s display, I press the radio preset button 1, then the radio preset button 6, then the radio preset button 1, then the radio preset button 5.
  • If your radio says OFF, leave the ignition on in the first position for 2 1/2 to 3 hours in order for it to display CODE. In certain models you can clear the OFF state by pulling the fuse for the radio (#7 in my car). That’s a bit simpler than leaving the ignition in the first position for a couple of hours — particularly if you don’t have a garage.
The four-digit code is unique to your radio; your neighbor’s code will not work on your radio. So what to do if you’ve misplaced, or never received, the white card, like most people?
Dealers have your radio code in a database, and can look it up. Many will give you the code over the phone if you’ve lost your card. You can call the dealer or maker they all have the same computer system to look up your car radio code.
Sometimes the code is written on the radio itself. But you have to pull the radio out (not hard) to see it.
Other dealers will have you drive to their lot and speak to them in person. Because the dealer will need to read off the radio’s serial number to cross-reference it with the unique code.
I advice you contact the dealer for the code of your car radio.

Take care.

Pioneer... | Answered on Jul 01, 2010

insert left side first then snap right side in

Pioneer... | Answered on Jun 08, 2010

Ask manualfox.com

Pioneer... | Answered on Jun 30, 2009

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