How to Troubleshoot a Honda Accord Radio

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How to Troubleshoot a Honda Accord Radio
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The radio in your Honda Accord should give you years of trouble-free performance. However, over time, the radio will deteriorate and the unit may fail. Many aftermarket stereo companies make radio units for the Accord, or you can replace the radio with another factory radio unit. Since radio units can be quite expensive, troubleshoot the problem before replacing anything.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy


  1. 1

    Open the fuse panel under the steering column. Turn the knobs on the fuse panel cover counterclockwise and pull down on the fuse cover to remove it.

  2. 2

    Pull the fuse for the Accord's radio. Use the fuse diagram if you are having trouble finding the radio fuse.

  3. 3

    Check the fuse. If it's blown or the metal strip is broken, replace the fuse with a new fuse of the same amperage.

  4. 4

    Press the power button on the radio. If "CODE" flashes on the display, you need to enter your factory's radio code that was supplied to you by your Honda dealer. If the radio will not power on, the radio will need to be replaced.

  5. 5

    Check for a "hum" or feedback while the radio is on. If you hear feedback, it is normally caused by poorly insulated wiring in the antenna cable or the speaker wires. This can happen over time if the protective plastic coating on the wire has become damaged. Normally this does not happen, because the wiring is sealed up behind the trim panels. However, if this is happening, you'll need to have new wiring laid for your radio.

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