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    Question Radio lighting dark

    Hi, I'm new here, but no stranger to Hondas & many other cars and motorcycles. I am a pretty good back yard mechanic. However, my wife called me to tell me that the center LED screen went dark today. She says everything works- radio, A/C, etc. I'm thinking a blown fuse. The car only has 33,000 miles, but is out of the 3/36 by 3 months. I called the dlr. to ask for consideration if I have to bring the car in, but he was not helpful. I then asked for the name of the factory rep & ph. # and was told they don't have one.

    Can someone give shed some light on what the solution to the problem might be if it's not a fuse. Has anyone else had this problem on an '03? Thanks for any help you can offer.
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    http://www.honda-tech.com/
    They can probably help better than us.

    If the radio plays music, but the display is dark...it's most likely a faulty radio. Just a guess.
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    If the radio plays music, but the display is dark...it's most likely a blown bulb.

    should be an easy fix.

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    Unhappy Radio light problem

    Quote Originally Posted by Enforcer View Post
    If the radio plays music, but the display is dark...it's most likely a blown bulb.

    should be an easy fix.
    OK, Maybe. Where would the bulb be and how would I access it? It got even stranger-I pulled the radio fuse and inspected it. It looked OK so I put it back in. I heard a motor like noise after I put the fuse in the box. Now the radio won't come on at all. I have no mini fuses so tomorrow I'll have to get some. I don't understand how taking a fuse out with the ignition off, then putting it back in & turning the ignition on won't allow the radio to work. I don't know what that screen is called that shows the displays for several systems. The owners manual does not reference what it's called. Any other thoughts?
    Proud owner of a 2003 Accord EX-V6, 33,000 miles, Red

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    the fuse was probablt hooked upo to the radios continous power rathjer than the power from accs. The continous power is usually used to allow the radio to keep memory settings etc when the ignition is off. You have may have to press a 'pwr' button for a couple of secs. (I know my pioneer works that way)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Enforcer View Post
    the fuse was probablt hooked upo to the radios continous power rathjer than the power from accs. The continous power is usually used to allow the radio to keep memory settings etc when the ignition is off. You have may have to press a 'pwr' button for a couple of secs. (I know my pioneer works that way)
    Sounds good. I'll try it and let you know what happens.
    Proud owner of a 2003 Accord EX-V6, 33,000 miles, Red

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    Quote Originally Posted by Enforcer View Post
    the fuse was probablt hooked upo to the radios continous power rathjer than the power from accs. The continous power is usually used to allow the radio to keep memory settings etc when the ignition is off. You have may have to press a 'pwr' button for a couple of secs. (I know my pioneer works that way)
    OK, all I had to do was put the 5 digit code into the radio and it works fine now. Now I need to find out what bulb? or other light makes the center readable again. Can you direct me to a source or site that will show or help me? Thanks.
    Proud owner of a 2003 Accord EX-V6, 33,000 miles, Red

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    Radio light problem

    Quote Originally Posted by Walker1 View Post
    OK, all I had to do was put the 5 digit code into the radio and it works fine now. Now I need to find out what bulb? or other light makes the center readable again. Can you direct me to a source or site that will show or help me? Thanks.
    I did some research and found out that a part called the tuner assembly is what lights up the radio face along with several other systems. I talked to the asst. service manager. He told me to make an appt. @ no charge- he needs a S/N from that assembly as there are about 50 of them. The part costs $608.00 and labor is about 1 hr. @ $85.00.

    It seems this is fairly common. Doesn't say much for Honda's tuner assembly quality. I asked what Honda could do on the cost as the car has 33,000 miles on it. The warranty ran out 3 months ago. I'll find out next week what the verdict is. I'm not rich so I'm not sure what will happen.
    Proud owner of a 2003 Accord EX-V6, 33,000 miles, Red

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    [QUOTE=Walker1;952589]He told me to make an appt. @ no charge- he needs a S/N from that assembly as there are about 50 of them. The part costs $608.00 and labor is about 1 hr. @ $85.00.[QUOTE]



    thats like, 1/10 the value of the car

    it should be just an incandesant light bulb somewhere just under the face that lights it up... if it isnt, go buy an aftermarked HU, that would be cheaper and probably better off.

    just my 2cents

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    Question Radio light problem

    [QUOTE=rjankowski;952593][QUOTE=Walker1;952589]He told me to make an appt. @ no charge- he needs a S/N from that assembly as there are about 50 of them. The part costs $608.00 and labor is about 1 hr. @ $85.00.



    thats like, 1/10 the value of the car

    it should be just an incandesant light bulb somewhere just under the face that lights it up... if it isnt, go buy an aftermarked HU, that would be cheaper and probably better off.

    just my 2cents
    I was told by both the parts guy & service mgr. that there is no bulb and the tuner assy. makes the screen work. The problem is there are several other systems using that display. What is an HU?
    Proud owner of a 2003 Accord EX-V6, 33,000 miles, Red

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