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    Four digit security codes protect Kenwood car stereos from theft. If a thief steals a Kenwood car stereo, he/she will not be able to use the stereo until the secret four digit security code is entered.

    Unfortunately, many legitimate owners are also locked out of their Kenwood car stereos due to these security codes. This typically happens to people who buy used cars from people who forget to share the security code. However, it also happens to people who simply forget their security codes after several years.

    Common Kenwood Security Codes

    Many Kenwood radios are configured with the same security codes:

    • KCAR – This seems to be a “backdoor” to some Kenwood models.
    • 3051 – This is the security code that is printed in many Kenwood model manuals.
    • 1234 – This is a security code that Kenwood owners commonly choose.

    Entering the Kenwood Security Code

    If the car battery fails or is disconnected, the Kenwood will ask for the security code.

    The procedure for entering the security code differs on various models of Kenwood car stereos. Here are three of the more common procedures:

    Type 1

    • During the code request mode, while pressing the DISP key, press and hold the Volume UP or DOWN key for 3 seconds until the “…” display disappears.
    • Enter the security code with the Kenwood remote.

    Type 2

    • Press the “Auto” button and “Track up” on the face of radio at the same time until the four dash lines disappear.
    • Enter the security code with the Kenwood remote.

    Type 3: Model# DPX-4020 and DPX-4030

    • Press and hold the 1 then the 6 preset keys until the display shows the letter C.
    • Enter the security code with the Kenwood remote.

    Entering Letters with a Kenwood Remote

    To enter a letter with a Kenwood remote, press a button once for the first letter, twice for the second letter, and three times for the third letter. Press the Track Up or Next Track key to send the letter.

    To send the letter A, press the 2 key once then press the Track Up key. To send the letter B, press the 2 key twice then press the Track up key.

    Finally, when all of the letters are entered, press and hold the Track Up button for 3 seconds.

    The key sequence to enter the security code KCAR is:

    • 5
    • 5
    • Track Up
    • 2
    • 2
    • 2
    • Track Up
    • 2
    • Track Up
    • 7
    • 7
    • Track Up

    The Kenwood should then enter tuner mode.

    A Security Code Bug in Some Kenwoods

    There is a reported bug in the security code handling of some Kenwood stereos. In models with the bug, the security code is stored incorrectly. The workaround is to enter the wrong security code.

    In models with this bug, decrement the third character of the security code by one. For example, if the security code is 1111, enter it as 1101. If the security code is 9999, enter 9989.

    Finding the Kenwood Security Code

    There are backdoor codes for each Kenwood car stereo, based on the model and serial numbers.

    Find out how to reset the code or what the common backdoor codes are here (among solutions).

    Sending the RadioBack to Kenwood

    If all else fails, send the stereo back to Kenwood to have the security code reset.

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    88 comments
    1. Charles Madzinga

      5 November, 2019 at 5:55 pm

      I have recently purchased a 2007 Model Nissan Caravan Van equipped with a Kenwood Corporation Y39-5150-03.
      Made in Malaysia
      Model Number DPX-044
      Serial Number 60900334
      Currently the radio is not working.

      Its showing Code Error….

      1-Can you provide me with an UNLOCK Code
      Can you also teach me how to enter the code

      Thank you in advance for your time and consideration

      Regards

      Charles

      Reply
    2. Hakan Ayger

      2 November, 2019 at 11:42 am

      Please security Code for
      Kenwood DDX 4025 BT

      Reply
    3. Tomasz

      8 October, 2019 at 11:14 am

      Proszę o przesłanie kodu do radia KENWOOD mojego brata. Zmieniłem mu akumulator i nie pamięta kodu.
      Kenwood
      Model: DNX5260BT
      Y39-6122-71
      KE1624A0101067

      Bardzo dziękuję za pomoc.

      Reply
    4. hailsh

      6 September, 2019 at 3:03 pm

      my kenwood car radio is locked pass word.
      model MDVL-401
      serial number 099*0167
      070f-0004-6cob-0102

      Reply
    5. Ali

      9 August, 2019 at 4:21 pm

      Send me the code of my radio Kenwood mp40490

      Reply
    6. sunny

      30 July, 2019 at 6:35 am

      hello sir my kenwood player model no. dpx- 5120 is blinking protect please tell how can i solve it all speakers wiring i checked and disconect

      Reply
    7. Angel Alvarez

      28 July, 2019 at 11:59 pm

      Send code for
      Kenwood kvt-512
      No. 80601828

      Reply
    8. frank

      28 July, 2019 at 6:35 pm

      hi, i have a problem with my kenwood mdv-x702 car stereo, my battery drained and now am required to insert passcode. can you assist? thank you in advance.

      Reply
    9. Rene guay

      14 July, 2019 at 5:04 pm

      Please send me a code for my radio. I was changing the batery and after that i need to insert the code. kenwood excelon ddx7015

      Reply
    10. Ismail

      9 July, 2019 at 4:16 pm

      PLEASE SEND ME CODE I LOOSE MY SECURITY CODE OF MY RADIO KENWOOD HDV-790
      Y39-5480-01

      REGARDS
      Ismail.

      Reply
    11. Daniel

      20 June, 2019 at 11:46 am

      Please send me the code of this Steele system.
      Model MDV-Z700W
      Y39-6730-03

      Reply
    12. Benny

      30 May, 2019 at 11:47 am

      Kenwood KDC-7060R

      Y22-5582-74

      KE0440K0404850

      Radiocode?

      Danke

      Reply
    13. Ashley W.

      10 May, 2019 at 3:35 pm

      I have a Kenwood KDC-M0235 stereo in my truck. After playing the music to loud, the screen started flashing Protected mode. Several months back I put a code on it and now cannot remember what it was. is there a way to by pass the code or something? Most videos I’ve pulled up say to use remote but I do not have the/a remote for it at all.

      Reply
    14. Amir Hassan Hj Manuli

      29 April, 2019 at 8:27 am

      Please send me KENWOOF kod MDV2700W..
      No.158X0734
      2013

      Reply
    15. Saharuddin

      22 February, 2019 at 5:27 am

      Bisa kirimkan security code set tape kenwood ddx3035…soalnya habis ganti batterai…. Mohon bantuanx dong

      Reply
    16. Florescu bogdanel

      23 January, 2019 at 4:49 pm

      Plis code dnx5220bt

      Reply
    17. Heriberto estrella

      16 January, 2019 at 3:46 am

      please send me code Kenwood dnn992

      Reply
    18. Jovo Trubajic

      23 December, 2018 at 11:22 am

      Please send me a code for my radio. I was changing the batery and after that i need to insert the code.

      DNX5280BT
      KE1715B0200374

      Reply
    19. Saeed

      20 December, 2018 at 12:08 am

      Please send security code for kenwood
      DDX6039UF3
      KE1314U7900058

      Thanks for all

      Reply
    20. Shamsul

      7 December, 2018 at 10:56 am

      Kenwood DDX416BT
      After change car Battery .. system ask for Security Code.. thanks in advance

      Reply
    21. Damon Law

      7 December, 2018 at 10:44 am

      DDX7015bt, I want a code pls…

      Reply
      • Dumas

        13 July, 2019 at 5:35 am

        Code please DDX7015

        Reply
    22. Mekhaeel khori

      3 December, 2018 at 12:12 pm

      Please send my security code.
      I changethe battery of my car.
      Kenwood
      DNX520VBT

      Reply
    23. Arman

      25 November, 2018 at 6:30 pm

      Please code for
      Kenwood KDC-BT8044U
      KE1571X0900635
      thanks

      Reply
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