Radio/Climate Control Display May Go Dark on Honda Accord

The radio and climate control display can go dark on some models. It will be necessary to replace the affected unit to correct this concern. Some customers have reported receiving help from Honda regarding this repair.

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Average mileage: 106,104 (6,300–265,000)
16 model years affected: 1990, 1999, 2000, 2001, more2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013
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Radio controls and Heat/AC console display lights went out on my Accord. I thought it might just be a fuse, but apparently it is the lights behind that section of the console. Any idea how much to repair & Should Honda cover it? Thanks, Rob
2004 Honda Accord 80,070 mi,
No backlight for center dash: radio display and HVAC control buttons
Same problem with my 2003. Only 39,000 miles. Local dealer said at least $300 to repair. Circuit board in radio needed to be replaced. I looked on YouTube and found the repair posted. Seemed crazy, but I took a chance. The instructions were easy to remove radio. I am not to mechanically inclined, but took the chance. All you need to do is remove it, open the radio, pop out one circuit board, find one fuse (very easy), then snip the fuse and solder (a little tricky) the two contacts with a few drops of solder. DONE. No parts needed and instantly the repair was complete. My cost...maybe a dime for the solder. The age of my car was 9/10 years, but with only 39,000+ miles on it and all of the "press" about this "obvious fault", I was surprised the local dealer said no. I admit my local Honda dealer has been more than fair always. I love my Honda and although this was somewhat of a challenge, I am glad it was one I took on and it worked perfectly. Thanks to the poster at YouTube for the fix.
2004 Honda Accord 60,000 mi,
Display lights for heat/AC and radio went out. Radio and CD player continued to operate for awhile, now they have ceased to function.
2003 Honda Accord 130,000 mi,
The AC controls don't work the whole unit is off, nothing works, defrost, front and rear, heat or air does not work. The radio works, but nothing else.
2003 Honda Accord 112,006 mi,
one day our radio light were working then the next it went black. Can't see it at all.
About 20000 miles or so ago my lights on the dash are on and off across the middle of the dash below the volume knob center of dashboard. Cannot see the up & down or sound buttons etc...
2004 Honda Accord 55,000 mi,
bought the car used from a dealership. a week later the display went blank for the radio and a/c. this is a known problem. contacted honda corporate and was asked several questions on how committed i was to honda products and service, then they told me to take the car in to a dealership and the radio console would be replaced. did it. no problems since.
The last 3 buttons on right side of climate controls goes dim
2004 Honda Accord 160,000 mi,
Shortly after out of warranty, radio backlight intermittently goes out and comes back. Tried wiggling wires leading to unit and has no effect. Everything else still works.
2003 Honda Accord 56,000 mi,
Radio / Climate controls went dark. Dealer / honda fixed at no charge
Radio and clock may go dark. Radio turns off or on by its own. Before or after doing so the screen text may become lighter, which looks as if there is no enough power to keep the unit on. Often there is a noise from the radio unit while the radio of off as if there is going to be a shortcut.
2009 Honda Accord 157,000 mi,
No radio illumination, No climate control illumination
Seen circuit board short fix on internet requiring jumping a circuit but complicated repair. Not fixed yet. It is covered under limited warranty.
2003 Honda Accord 84,000 mi,
Display went dark. Not addressed yet
2004 Honda Accord 31,000 mi,
The radio backlight went dim along with the rest of the radio dash lights. I looked up the key combination to bring the backlight back, but even though it made a sound when I put the key combo in, the backlight stayed dim.
2004 Honda Accord 99,000 mi,
The dealer replaced my backlight under my 100k warranty otherwise it would have cost me several hundred dollars to have repaired
2004 Honda Accord 33,000 mi,
Roughly 3-5 thousand miles before the warranty was up the center display had gone dark. Luckily this happened within the warranty time frame so the Honda dealership replaced the affected unit at no cost to me. I was told had it happened after warranty it would have come out of my pocket.
2008 Honda Accord 120,000 mi,
Radio backlight is out. Looking for solution.
2002 Honda Accord 154,500 mi,
The climate control unit intermittently turns off. Sometimes it will come on again after a few minutes. Sometimes tapping on the buttons will get it to come on again. Sometimes it will come on again after a stop, when the engine is turned on again. When it is on everything works fine. The radio is not affected by this.