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Posted on Sep 03, 2007
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Swapped out players and new one doesnt power up

I had a aftermarket pioneer cassette deck in my 04' chevy silverado, and I was given a slighty used Kenwood KDC-MP522 by a friend, which worked fine when he removed it from his vehicle. I pulled out the a cassette, unplugged it, and plugged in the kenwood, the door alarm beeped, and i could hear the cd player mechanically moving inside, then I checked to see if it would power up, so I turned the key to battery, but not the car on. Nothing, the deck has power and will try and eject a disk if promted, but no lights display...just a faint crackling on the door beeper in the dash... Im very confused because no fuse are burnt and the swap was basicaly seemless....I just used the exsiting aftermarket harness from the first player becuase the two were a match as far as hook-ups... any ideas?

  • sloaf7 Sep 06, 2007

    Well what i cant figure out, isnt the harness car specific, not reciever? what i figured would happen, and i could be mistaken is I'd go the store and they'ed sell me the same harness that the first player allready installed used...sooo why not use the one that was previously purchased and just plug in new player. Am i wrong or does it need a harness thats made for kenwood AND a 04 GM?

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Ok. recheck your harness. WIth some brands yes the harness will plug into the radio from a different manufacturer but recheck the wire colors. They usually change pins out. For example whats power on a particular pin may be a speaker wire on another brand unit with the same style plug... so get the harness that came with this radio. Check the pin location and wire color on that pin to the other harness. I almost guarantee that there is a difference. Hopefully you didnt damage your new cd player... let me know how it goes...

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    Mike Ryan Sep 06, 2007

    oh i misunderstood you. Yes you should be able to reuse the harness adapter that plugs to your stock wiring harness of your truck. NO you cannot use a pioneer radio plug on a kenwood deck and vise versa...

    I thought you switched radio brands but used the pioneer wiring plug on the kenwood deck.. whch can happen and its not good...

    if you took it appart and wired the new radio plug to your old harness adapter that should have worked. You may have to try a few things like hooking up or not hooking up the blue remote wire, etc...

    also make sure you didnt pull any wires out of the harness adapter...

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