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Honda Accord Radio/Climate Control Display May Go Dark

Honda Accord Problem
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Model Years Affected: 1999, 2000, 2001, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008

Average Mileage: 100,402 mi (6,300 mi - 251,000 mi)


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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    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.

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  • , , 145,000 mi

    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

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  • , , 80,070 mi

    No backlight for center dash: radio display and HVAC control buttons

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  • , , 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.

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  • , , 84,000 mi

    Display went dark. Not addressed yet

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  • , , 112,006 mi

    one day our radio light were working then the next it went black. Can't see it at all.

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  • , , 56,000 mi

    Radio / Climate controls went dark. Dealer / honda fixed at no charge

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  • , , 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.

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  • , , 150,000 mi

    Seen circuit board short fix on internet requiring jumping a circuit but complicated repair. Not fixed yet. It is covered under limited warranty.

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  • 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...

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