Disclaimer: I was helped by a Radio Repair Tech. Please if anyone follows this tutorial; Follow it at your own risk. I will not be responsible for any damage that might happen during this tutorial.
SORRY FOR THE PICTURE QUALITY. I WAS USING MY CELL PHONE FOR THE PICTURES. NOT BAD FOR A SONY ERCCSON W810I.
This Tutorial is Based on a 04 Accord EX 6-CD Stock Radio.
Well, I had the same problem as most in this forum regarding the 03-04 Accord EX radio display to go blank. I called American Honda, and they gave me this long story of how it’s a issue with this kind of sterios. They WILL NOT REPLACE MY RADIO because my car is way out of warranty. They wanted $1,200.00 to replace the radio or $700.00 to just replace the rear part. So, I called up a friend of mine to see if he can help me. We found out that there is a small resistor on the radio that burns out, that the one that sends power to the front panel. Here is my experience with fixing the problem.
I did not make a tutorial on how the Stock radio is removed because there are quite some few out there. Plus, it’s easy just to search for it.
Once you have your stock radio off, remove the (4) screws that hold the radio. There are (2) on each side.
Remove the (2) screws on the back of the radio.
Remove the (8) screws that holds the heat sink together.
Flip the radio to its front side, and remove the (2) screws.
Pry open the bottom cover carefully. Its not hard to remove and use a flat head screwdriver.
Now that you have the heat sink and the bottom plate off, BE VERY CAREFULL WITH THE NEXT STEP.
Remove the ribbon cable from the board. BE CAREFULL WHEN YOU REMOVE IT. Don’t pull hard or you can damage the cable.
Now look at the radio where the heat sink normally is. You will see set of (3) resisters next to each other. Pay close attention to the middle resister with the number R797. That’s the one you need to fix.
DO THIS AT YOURE OWN RISK.
I just got small wire cutters and broke the resister off. You don’t need to replace it, but you will like to, you need to buy that resister. Don’t know how much it is or where to buy it. If I can recall, they told me it was a 2.4A resister. All I did was to place a small piece of wire and solder the joints. AKA Jump the connections.
Here is a picture of how it looks after I jump the connection.
Now put everything back together, and install the stock radio to your car.
Enjoy your now working stock radio…. This easy tutorial will save you $$$$.