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My radio in my 05' Honda pilot stopped working. The anti-theft light flashes but there is no display. I tried installing an aftermarket stereo to see if that would work but no power goes to that either. Does anyone have any suggestions?

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  • merlinstorm Mar 08, 2009

    Radio just stopped working as if someone cut the wires. It is not the theft system as I have had to enter the code several times from battery trouble a few months back. I checked the fuse and it is fine. There was a CD in the machine when it stopped working and it did eject when I pushed the ejuect button but it will not accept a CD now. I tried entering the security code even thought no lights come on just in case the display was bad but no go.

  • sondracha Mar 29, 2009

    I have the same problem. We had our car worked on a few weeks ago and last week I was listening to the radio and it just shut off. I can eject Cd's and DVD's but cannot turn the radio on. There is nothing in the display and the clock is not working. All lights are on and the anti-theft light is blinking. What do I do?

  • kibbeeee Apr 02, 2009

    Did you resolve the problem I have the exact same problem.

  • merlinstorm May 11, 2010

    It does but only IF the unit tries to turn on. There is a code you have to enter to reset the security feature. The security feature is simply when the power is cut to the radio like would happen if it were removed, you then have to enter the owners code to verify that you didn't steal it. The radio prompts you to enter the code. Mine does not do that. It will not even try to power up.

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    asquemuel Dec 26, 2012

    The same thing just happened to my Pilot 2004, NAVI RADIO CLOCK shut while I was driving. I thought this could only happen when you change the battery. The solution which is stated here is check fuse #9. It is not busted so that is not my case. This must be something else.

  • Lindsay Apple Jun 15, 2013

    I have the same issue. Light flashes on anti-theft although, there is no "code" displaying to enter the code. All fuses checked, even purchased the same stereo on e-bay....installed it and same problem! Mine also would eject a disc the first time but yet, no more. Calling Honda before I take it in. I'll letcha know ;).

  • Brian McCullough Jan 11, 2017

    Jan 2017 - I had the same exact problem with my 2003 Pilot. I checked the radio fuse it was fine. I checked fuse #9 (passenger side floor compartment) for the cigarette lighter and it was blown. When I replaced it the radio worked again - good post folks - would not have thought of that on my own.


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In my case the solution was a fuse on the passenger side inside fuse box. It is not listed as a fuse for the radio but it is none the less. If your cigarette lighter isn't working either its the fuse. On my 2004 it was fuse # 9 a 15A fuse.

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  • tnjbarrett Oct 21, 2010

    Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! Fixed my problem. I appreciate you posting this. By the way, mine is a 2008 and it worked.

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    asquemuel Dec 26, 2012

    Same thing happened to my Pilot 2004 a week ago. The power shut down on my Radio Clock and Navi. I checked my fuse #9 but it was not busted. Any other recommendations? Thanks.

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    asquemuel Dec 26, 2012

    I did the fuse #9 / 20A in the underhood fuse box. I will check the #9, Passenger's side.

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    asquemuel Dec 27, 2012

    I opened up the Pax side fuse and removed #9/15A. Replaced it and the navi radio clock is now working. Thanks for the info.

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    kayandjaycpl Mar 02, 2013

    2003 #9 -15a. thanks to this site... so happy is working , i was so scared i tought i had to replace all the electrical...

    MISS MILY Jul 13, 2015

    Thanks..this was the exact solution for the same problem in my '05 Honda Pilot


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Same thin happened with my '07 Pilot yesterday. Radio stopped working, changed the 20 amp under the hood, still not working. Took advice from this web site and changed the 15 amp position # 9 on the passenger side fuse box and now radio works!!!!! Wife and kids were charging their phones yesterday in the car which must have caused this fuse to blow. Honda dealership told me it would be an $800 job..... not....Thanks Again!!!!

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Thanks for the tip, i had same problem and it was the fuse number 9 on passenger side, switched it with another temp. to start the radio, root cause is charging a phone i,e, (cigeratte lighter).

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Hondas have a security device that goes to the radio power, look in your owner manual and it should tell you something like how to reset the radio anti heft or something. it is an anti theft for the radio!

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