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2008 Accord Radio Lights

Old 04-13-2013, 12:11 PM
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The radio button console back lights on my 2008 Accord LX have gone out. I can't seem to find a fuse for it, can someone direct me or have a wiring diagram?
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Old 04-13-2013, 04:51 PM
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there is a bulletin for this from Honda Canada. Radio display dim or not illuminating. You can replace the PCB board for your radio.
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Old 04-16-2013, 07:02 PM
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Thanks, any idea how difficult it is to do myself? I read some older post and evidently this has been a problem for a while.
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Old 05-25-2013, 09:05 PM
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Thanks, any idea how difficult it is to do myself? I read some older post and evidently this has been a problem for a while.
It is fairly difficult to get to it since you have to remove the center console to get to the CD/radio player. I had similar problem with my 03 Accord and I thought they fixed it in the 05 and beyond. There is a control board that sits atop the CD/radio and controlled the backlight of the center console and the LCD. Everything still works except I can't see the button and the radio LCD at night. Brought it to a Honda dealer and there was an extended warranty on it but I just missed the date. It took the dealer about 2 hours to replace the board which cost $115 plus labor. Honda pitched in and pay for the labor but I am still pissed. This should never happen in the first place and Honda should pay for the whole thing since it was a known defect from the start. You should check with the dealer to determine if there is a TB that Honda would pay for the fix. If you are mechanically inclined, you may be able to do it in 2 hours with the part and the service manual pages to disassemble and reassemble your console radio.
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Old 06-15-2017, 12:24 AM
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Sorry to bump this old thread, but I was struggling with this issue on my 2008 Honda Accord LX and I had to post the solution somewhere. Here were my symptoms:
- When turning on the headlights in the car, the radio lights would not turn on.
- Climate lights work
- The radio still fully works
- If a CD was inserted, the CD light worked

The model number of my radio is 39100-TA0-A01, which I found out once removed.

I apologize that I don't have a through step-by-step with images, but I'll tell you what I did.
1. Find a copy of the 2008 Honda Accord service manual and follow the instructions for removing the radio.
(The manual I had was page 23-115.)
2. Once the radio is removed, remove the screws that hold on the buttons. You'll have to lightly pry along the top after the screws to pull off the buttons.
3. Then, remove all the small screws holding the black bracket (I think there's 9 of them) and remove the bracket.
4. Remove the screw holding the black top cover and remove the cover.
5. Remove the screws on the back holding the black heatsink.
6. Remove the two screws holding the CD drive in, pull the ribbon cable from out of the main board (please be delicate, these can be fragile and suck finding a new one) and remove the CD drive.
7. Remove the two screws on the side holding the heatsink (that's soldered to the board) to the radio frame.
8. Remove the six screws holding the main board to the frame. Put the frame aside.

Whew. That's a lot of screws. Now that the board is out, here's where to find the problem. This picture will make more sense once the board is out. Please look here at the red box.

The problem is the surface mount resistors underneath the metal heatsink. It's easier to see the resistors on the other side of the heatsink near the edge of the board. The resistors are labeled R108 to R111. If you look close at the four surface mount resistors, the solder joints are bad. I try to show it below boxed in red.

If you fix the solder joints by heating up your solder iron of choice and put a little more solder on the connections, this should fix the problem. Make sure you check both sides of the resistor as I had one bad on the other side. The edge side joints are super easy to fix. The ones under the heatsink are a little more difficult. I had to fix three joints and the lights are back to working on my Accord.

Please let me know if you have any questions.
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Old 11-17-2017, 04:58 AM
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I registered just so that I could thank robthebuilder72 for this info about fixing the radio back lights. Thanks for bumping that old thread. I had the same problem on my 2009 with the single disk CD. Resoldering those resistors fixed it. THANK YOU! That was a ton of screws! I also have to add that you gotta have some pretty strong soldering kungfu to solder those things. They are TINY. I actually had someone at work solder it for me because I knew that I would just make it worse.
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Old 04-22-2019, 08:25 AM
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Thank you SO MUCH, I also joined just to say thank you. It took me maybe 2 hours, I learned how to solder just for this. It worked, have never been happier. Thank you thank you thank you!!!!!!!!
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