Honda Accord Problem Report
Honda Accord Radio/Climate Control Display May Go Dark
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.
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. - BuyAHome
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 - RobA
No backlight for center dash: radio display and HVAC control buttons - Visitor
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. - Visitor
Display went dark. Not addressed yet - Visitor
one day our radio light were working then the next it went black. Can't see it at all. - Visitor
Radio / Climate controls went dark. Dealer / honda fixed at no charge - Visitor
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. - Visitor
Seen circuit board short fix on internet requiring jumping a circuit but complicated repair. Not fixed yet. It is covered under limited warranty. - Jeffsmo
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... - Visitor
Display lights for heat/AC and radio went out. Radio and CD player continued to operate for awhile, now they have ceased to function. - Visitor
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. - irinaros
The dealer replaced my backlight under my 100k warranty otherwise it would have cost me several hundred dollars to have repaired - Visitor
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. - Visitor
radio AM/FM displays, but no sound. background light off - Visitor
I have never had a backlight on my radio, except when we went camping last summer way up in Lincoln N.h. It mysteriously came on but that was short lived. - hap7997
Have not gotten it repaired yet - Visitor
I had to have my radio replaced after having my car less than two years. - Visitor
This has happened twice to me; the first time it was covered under an extended warranty I purchased when I got the car at 3 years old. But it just happened again about a year ago at about 160,000 miles, and the dealer said it has been a known problem. No offer to replace it at a lower cost. Excuse Me?! - Visitor
I bough my 04 Honda used and I though the radio didn't work came to find out it work fine i just couldn't see anything. After doing some research on this problem i realized that I am not the only one with this problem. I am looking on to getting it fixed because i am going crazy without music. I saw a couple of blogs that show how to fix the problem i just don't want to mess something else up. I also had to remove the battery to change the drive side head light and now the radio wont work. After researching i was able to get the code to the radio but now lets see if it will work.I hate this - Visitor
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radio/temp/time light out, all functions work but can not see stations, temp or time.