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Volume I have an old Kenwood receiver and the volume control isn't working. I've been told just to spray some contact cleaner into the unit....but not sure if I should do it or not. If this is what I am supposed to I just remove the knob and spray?

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  • Anonymous Mar 06, 2008

    Volume control works Sometimes,if i go up and down eventually they works but jumps on the increase volume (Too Loud or To Slow).

    I also Noted that the Remote Control doesn't work either for any Commands (is not the remote)i have 2 remotes all programed and the original and neither one works.

    The Only way i can make the volume works thru the remote or volume knob if is i unplug the receiver for couple of minutes looks like they reset and works (kind of) but not the the way should be



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If the volume control does nothing them spraying it will do nothing. If it is noisy when you turn it but the volume does change them you can try to spray it with cleaner. You cannot do this from the front; only from the inside and only if the volume control is not sealed.

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