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Re: 87 5ktq Radio Questions

Interesting - to be honest, I just assumed I had a code-radio.  When I
turn the knob on - a rotary knob at the left-bottom - nothing happens.
I sorta assumed a code needed entered to make it work.  IIRC(and going
out to check in a few), it has a knob, 1/2-3/4" diameter, with a
raised center section for fingers(like a small stove knob) on the
bottom left, the LED display is above that, tape insert slot in the
center, 5(?) presets, couple of other buttons.

I *doubt* she upgraded anything - the car is a stock 87 5ktqw.  If it
is not a code radio, I'll look at fuses.  The background lighting does
come on with the headlights.  

Question - I have a Kenwood cd player for it; I was planning on simply
removing stock radio, transferring wires to the Kenwood, 12v, speakers
left right front rear, done?  All this talk of crossovers and whatnot
is making me think it might not be that simple - true?  

Thanks for the help!

Iain Mannix(is there any lettering on the front I should look for?)

On Wed, 22 Dec 1999, Ti Kan wrote:

> I.Mannix writes:
> > Hi all - I just bought an 87 5ktqw, and now that it is running, I'd like to
> > get the radio working.  It has a stock radio, which I plan on replacing
> > sooner than later, but for now, I'm wondering if there is a way to get the
> > radio code based on VIN number or something.
> > 
> > If I am not mistaken, when the battery is disconnected, a code has to be
> > entered to make the radio work - correct?  I don't have the code.  I do
> > have a title; I own the car - question is, is there a way for me to make
> > the radio operational, or am I stuck replacing it?
> Depends on which radio you have.  The stock radio that *should* have come
> with 1987 US models is the Rothenburg, and it does not have security codes.
> If your radio is a different model (previous owner installed an upgrade)
> then it's possible that a security code is needed to turn it on after
> disconnecting the power.
> Perhaps if you describe the front panel controls I can help identify
> which radio you have...
> See my other post about stock radio models.
> -Ti
> 96 A4 2.8 quattro
> 84 5000S 2.1 turbo
> 80 4000 2.0
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