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If you know someone that can solder surface mount components the board can be repaired.

All that needs to be done is :

- clean and reflow some components,
-some resisters could be changed to a slightly higher wattage,
-replace a transistor
-jumper a surface mount fuse.

All of the above may not need doing but better than doing it a second time.

Parts can be bought a digi key.
 

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If you know someone that can solder surface mount components the board can be repaired.

All that needs to be done is :

- clean and reflow some components,
-some resisters could be changed to a slightly higher wattage,
-replace a transistor
-jumper a surface mount fuse.

All of the above may not need doing but better than doing it a second time.

Parts can be bought a digi key.
Check photos of heat damaged surface mount and new installed leaded resistors
http://www.tsxclub.com/forums/members/tsxinspain-albums-2004+pcb+photos-picture20353-heat-damaged-surface-mount-resistors.jpg
http://www.tsxclub.com/forums/members/tsxinspain-albums-2004+pcb+photos-picture20361-leaded-resistors-installed.jpg
 

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I bought a used working CD player/radio on eBay and swapped it out with my own which had lighting problems and trouble playing some CDs. Radio, climate control, and lighting works fine on the used unit, BUT when I plugged in the power connector, the CD player cycled through all empty disc locations and now won't accept the button press for the CD. I swapped mine back in and the same thing happened. Anybody else have this problem?
 

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Never mind!

It's been so long since I had no CDs in the player (since I bought the car) that I had forgotten that I had to load CDs first before the button would work.

Oops!
 

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I've got the same problem, and what a pain it is! I can use a flashlight which gives me only a dim view of what's happening with the centre 'stack', and I have to rely on what's coming out of the A/C to determine if I'm getting A/C or heat since that light is part of the centre console/stack! The clock is impossible to see, given its location. I'm ticked off that it would cost over a thousand dollars for the dealer to fix this, not to mention the time and labor charged.
 

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Since this is a problem that countless people have reported, which would probably cost Acura mere pennies per vehicle to resolve, has there not been a re-call on it, either in the U.S. or in Canada?
 

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Center Stack Lighting

I got this problem in my 04 just last year - not bad, in terms of how long it took for the center stack lights to go out, but still a royal pain in the behind. A flashlight or the sunlight at a certain angle can only go so far! Car is so old (2004) that spending $2K on this seems somehow offensive to me, and I have nightmares at the mere thought of taking it to the dealer. Guessing that I entered the radio code correctly is the first hurdle and a most frustrating challenge when the battery has needed to be removed/replaced, but not being able to know what time it is, re-program radio stations, or see at a glance whether the A/C is on/off, what temp is in the car, etc., etc., are seemingly inane and minor issues that I really hate to have to deal with.
I'm sure there are updates on this issue. Please help!
 

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Ugh. I have a 2004 TSX with only 17k miles on it, garage kept. The other day the center displays vanished. No clock, no radio, no climate controls. Brought it to Acura today and was told the radio needed to be replaced but they no longer make it. Gave me the part number 3917A-SEC-A01CP as the circuit board I need to look online. If I can find it they will install. I can't find it. I can find it with 51RN at the end, which is for a navigation version, which they say won't work, but not with the A01CP.

I saw there was a service bulletin on this, b04-021, and even a warranty extension to 7 years 100k miles, so they certainly knew they had a big problem. How could they not anticipate we would still need access to this part later on?

I did try a tip I read elsewhere which suggested to hold in the CD/aux button until I hear a beep. (I had to also hit the Power at the same time). It did display a VERY dim display to show.

Does anyone have any suggestion of how to get this fixed? The service guy is basically telling me to just let it go and have no displays. That seems unacceptable. Thanks.
 

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Ugh. I have a 2004 TSX with only 17k miles on it, garage kept. The other day the center displays vanished. No clock, no radio, no climate controls. Brought it to Acura today and was told the radio needed to be replaced but they no longer make it. Gave me the part number 3917A-SEC-A01CP as the circuit board I need to look online. If I can find it they will install. I can't find it. I can find it with 51RN at the end, which is for a navigation version, which they say won't work, but not with the A01CP.

I saw there was a service bulletin on this, b04-021, and even a warranty extension to 7 years 100k miles, so they certainly knew they had a big problem. How could they not anticipate we would still need access to this part later on?

I did try a tip I read elsewhere which suggested to hold in the CD/aux button until I hear a beep. (I had to also hit the Power at the same time). It did display a VERY dim display to show.

Does anyone have any suggestion of how to get this fixed? The service guy is basically telling me to just let it go and have no displays. That seems unacceptable. Thanks.
It would be best to check through ebay even though its risky at times. You need to search for it by year as many of them are used units out of vehicles, they won't show "CP" at the end because "CP" is manufacturer part number for reman or new units. Only the manufacturer will have the "CP" in the part number.
 

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sorry let me rephrase that, the "CP"(customer pay) is through Honda. There most likely won't be anything available to you as they have been discontinued for a while. I bought mine off of Ebay, and found one that works. I too have searched and searched and found that any non navi unit will work, just that for the one with the wood grain the 2006-2008 units are a different pattern and different shade of color. Of course the additional features of the 2006-2008 units wont work, like handsfree and xm. But the rest of the functions that you originally had will still be there as long as the unit being sold doesn't have any issues.
 

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Yup, best solution now is to watch eBay and your local junk yards. There are some units on eBay that are tested and guaranteed functional, those are a safer bet but of course for more $$.
If you find a car in a junk yard, just take the whole unit. See if you can test it before purchase, either in the donor car or yours. Be sure to get the VIN of the donor car and look up the security code! If you are handy, learn how to remove and install them without damaging them... And don't let the junkyard remove it for you... They will likely break the plastic molding by the air vents while trying to pry it out. 06-08 units do work in 04-05 cars, you just don't get the extra functions that are on the new to you unit.
Good luck!
 

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This exceeds what I would try and attempt. I called Acura back and asked if I found a navigation-free radio unit from 06-08 would they install it even though the extra features would not work and they say No. So if I buy one from another year I need to find someone to put it in. Maybe a car audio shop?
 

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Any half decent audio shop should be able to do it. Any willing DIY TSX owner in you're locale could also probably do it. All that's needed is a 10mm (1/4" drive rachet or speed wrench is best) a set of plastic trim tools, the ability to follow instructions, some patience and finesse.
 
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