2003 Accort Radio Backlight

Hey.
Recently, I had a backlight on a 2004 Accord go out. Delaer states the repair is just over $300 CDN. I called up panasonic and they state that
the repair is $65CDN provided that I bring the radio to their service shop myself. In order to take out the radio one has to pop off the lid or the ventilation enclosure that sits atop of the radio. Has anyone done this before? Do you have to take out the 4-way flasher switch first or if the switch does not interfere with the lid?
Thanks a bunch.
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highkm wrote:

do a google video search for "accord ipod" (sans quotes) - this will give you an idea about how to start. the following is instructions for a manual 2004 accord: push down boot below shifter handle unscrew shifter handle lift trim ring (with switches if equipped with seat heaters) enough to unplug seat heaters lift trim ring and boot assy over shifter remove ashtray or 'non-ashtray' two screws will be visible below ashtray -remove lift ashtray assy with cigarrette lighter/power outlet -unplug power from outlet below cubby hole, find two screws - remove make sure cubby hole is closed stick a hook behind cubby hole door at the top center. while pulling at the top, pull at the bottom. cubby will come out behind cubby at the back (forward direction in car) and sides is two black plastic pieces. pull the forward most portion towards you (towards the back of car). these are a little tricky. there are 3 clips that need to be depressed (luckily not all at the same time) in the top ventilation panel. the center clip is below the emergency flasher switch - you do not need to remove the switch, just depress it and push the screwdriver straight down towards the ground in front of the switch (front would be rear of car side of switch - the face you would touch with your finger) the other two clips are on either side - push the flat blade screwdriver in towards the drivers side door or pass door (depending on which side you are doing) in the lowermost grille opening in the air outlets. if you look for these clip slots first, you will be able to see them this top ventilation panel will now be pulled towards you (towards the rear of the vehicle) the stereo has 2 hex head screws that come in from the bottom. these screws also have a phillips screwdriver slot. these are accessible from where the cubby hole was. you will need a flashlight and a mirror depending on how flexible you are. if memory serves me correctly, there will be two more screws at the very top of the stereo. none of the screws that require removing are hidden. please look for screws that i may have missed. i can't possibly be expected to remember everything. :~)> now, the stereo should pull straight out, but not too far. you have to disconnect the wire harnesses. the stereo is fastened to this face plate by a few screws. once these are removed, the stereo is free to roam about the country...
good luck and as with all advice found on them dang internetz, use with a grain a salt!!!
bob z.
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Hey thanks a lot. I'll make this my weekend project.
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highkm wrote:

i just found this:
http://www.handa-accessories.com/accord/03-dvdwmoon.pdf
it should help you get started on most of the removal of the critical parts
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