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'08 Honda Civic radio/clock dead?

axmaster45 1,624 375 June 26, 2011 at 10:22 AM
One day I start the car, and the radio/clock display is dead, no sound thru the speakers either. It is like the whole unit stopped working. I looked in the manual and found that the Radio, ACC fuse is #35. The fuse looks fine, and I even put in another fuse to be sure, and checked the "Back up" fuse that is mentioned on so many forums. no help. Every other electrical system seems fine. I of course checked that the brightness is at a normal level and moved it up and down so that isnt the issue. My wife just went camping and ran the car for a while to charge her phone, but even if she had killed the battery it shouldnt matter. I know the Hondas have a radio code but the display doesnt respond at all or turn on to enter a code, so I think that could not be the issue either. Just trying to rule out some basics.
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Same happened to my FiT, starting working on its own after a few starts... no need to enter code as it is stored on the vehicle's cpu. If the battery is totally dead or if the radio moved to another vehicle then the it will prompt for code. If you really need the radio, a honda dealer should reset it for you as a courtesy...they are good like that. If it is a volkscrapen then they will bend you over a table for $125.00... for a vw cut up a credit card into strips to unseat the radio then reseat to get it working again.
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Same happened to my FiT, starting working on its own after a few starts... no need to enter code as it is stored on the vehicle's cpu. If the battery is totally dead or if the radio moved to another vehicle then the it will prompt for code. If you really need the radio, a honda dealer should reset it for you as a courtesy...they are good like that. If it is a volkscrapen then they will bend you over a table for $125.00... for a vw cut up a credit card into strips to unseat the radio then reseat to get it working again.
This has been going on since Thursday with several starts and nothing has changed. I even disconnected the battery for a few minutes , i read that on a civic forum, didnt help. no risk anyway since i have the radio code. guess what my warranty (3year/36000) just expired 6/3/11 Frown
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Same happened to my FiT, starting working on its own after a few starts... no need to enter code as it is stored on the vehicle's cpu. If the battery is totally dead or if the radio moved to another vehicle then the it will prompt for code. If you really need the radio, a honda dealer should reset it for you as a courtesy...they are good like that. If it is a volkscrapen then they will bend you over a table for $125.00... for a vw cut up a credit card into strips to unseat the radio then reseat to get it working again.
mind telling me how the credit card trick works? how does it reseat the connection?
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mind telling me how the credit card trick works? how does it reseat the connection?
The cc trick is specific to vw's, not sure what tool is used for honda.... was the car exposed to hi humidity? Dw likes to leave my windows cracked open... even in downpours... srs light stays on for days until the seats dry out.

Iirc,, my radio issue was caused by an alarm condition. Try setting off the alarm...panic, etc and deactivate it.
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The cc trick is specific to vw's, not sure what tool is used for honda.... was the car exposed to hi humidity? Dw likes to leave my windows cracked open... even in downpours... srs light stays on for days until the seats dry out.

Iirc,, my radio issue was caused by an alarm condition. Try setting off the alarm...panic, etc and deactivate it.

oooh i will try that.

NOPE. Oddly i couldnt set the alarm off even shaking the car hard. I set off the panic and nothing changed. When i lock the car with the remote, the red alarm light on the dash arms correctly. but there is also a anti-theft light by the head unit, that does not illuminate, like the whole thing is dead. I really find it hard to believe my head unit totally crapped out here.
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oooh i will try that.

NOPE. Oddly i couldnt set the alarm off even shaking the car hard. I set off the panic and nothing changed. When i lock the car with the remote, the red alarm light on the dash arms correctly. but there is also a anti-theft light by the head unit, that does not illuminate, like the whole thing is dead. I really find it hard to believe my head unit totally crapped out here.
Roll down the windows, close the door, activate anti-theft. Reach into car and open door from inside vehicle, the alarm should go off.
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Pull out your cigarette lighter. For some reason that does it for me.
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I had put a charger in the socket and moved it around. Didn't hlp :-(
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Roll down the windows, close the door, activate anti-theft. Reach into car and open door from inside vehicle, the alarm should go off.
..And remember, you must do this standing on one leg with one arm behind your back Big Grin
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..And remember, you must do this standing on one leg with one arm behind your back Big Grin
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And if you're really bored, you can try pulling off a cat in the hat with a fish on a rake.
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At this point, I'd suggest trying to remove the stereo if you're up for it. Inspect the unit and pull out a multimeter and check the voltage at the connector going to the stereo.
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At this point, I'd suggest trying to remove the stereo if you're up for it. Inspect the unit and pull out a multimeter and check the voltage at the connector going to the stereo.
i agree as some wire could have become pinched up in the dash or rubbed raw and is shorting to ground.
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