Radio/Climate Control Display May Go Dark on Honda Accord

Problem Description and Possible Solution

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.

Problem Data
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Average mileage: 105,194 (6,300–251,000)
15 model years affected: 1990, 1999, 2000, 2001, more2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013
298 people reported this problem
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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
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.
Display lights for heat/AC and radio went out. Radio and CD player continued to operate for awhile, now they have ceased to function.
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.
one day our radio light were working then the next it went black. Can't see it at all.
The last 3 buttons on right side of climate controls goes dim
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...
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.
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.
No radio illumination, No climate control illumination
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.
Radio / Climate controls went dark. Dealer / honda fixed at no charge
Seen circuit board short fix on internet requiring jumping a circuit but complicated repair. Not fixed yet. It is covered under limited warranty.
Display went dark. Not addressed yet
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.
Radio backlight is out. Looking for solution.
The dealer replaced my backlight under my 100k warranty otherwise it would have cost me several hundred dollars to have repaired
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.
Several of thE lights on the control panel for the climate control are out but radio lights still working