Radio Stopped Working in 2000 Honda Civic

Discussion in 'Civic' started by Linda, Mar 1, 2011.

  1. Linda

    Linda Guest


    This morning, while I was driving, I turned on the radio and it came
    right on!!! It was on an AM station. I drove for a little while,
    then I decided to see if the FM also had reception. So I pressed the
    buttom to switch to FM. AND ... just static. I switched back to
    AM ... AND ... just static. But before I pressed the button, the AM
    was just fine.

    So now I'm thinking the radio actually is indeed working and it's some
    kind of a connection problem. I pressed the AM/FM button a bunch of
    times and jiggled the antenna -- just static.

    But when I first started the car, the radio worked.

    Hmmmmm ....

    Linda, Mar 2, 2011
  2. Linda

    Seth Guest

    Still could go either way, radio or antenna.
    Seth, Mar 2, 2011
  3. Linda

    Linda Guest

    I guess I need to find someplace to take it where I could get it
    checked out without it costing more than the radio itself.

    Linda, Mar 2, 2011
  4. Linda

    Seth Guest

    Your car takes what is called "double din". All stereos at Best Buy (in
    fact almost all stereos ever, except ones of extreme over length) other than
    ones specifically for GM and Chrysler (the aforementioned "din and a half")
    will fit. Having a "double din" opening means the installation kit for a
    "standard single DIN radio" will include a cover or pocket for the extra
    space above or below the new radio. A "double din" stereo will not require
    such a mounting kit.

    Not being able to get even this most basic information out of Best Buy
    should give you a good idea as to if they should be trusted or not... For
    car stereo knowledge, this is pretty much 101 info.

    If you actually go to a Best Buy (or pretty much any place that carries car
    stereos) you will see these installation kits as well as wiring harnesses
    (so you don't have to hack up the cars factory wiring). As mentioned
    earlier, Crutchfield provides all that for no additional cost.

    So, based on what I think you said earlier about wanting to retain having a
    tape deck crutchfield has 4 that will fit. $50 to $269 (the $269 unit comes
    with a CD changer to mount in the trunk or under a seat).

    That same $50 stereo bought at most retail places you would also have to get
    a wiring harness (about $8) and a mounting kit (about $15). Then pay for
    installation. Using the instructions that Crutchfield provides (and you can
    preview what they are like by looking at the web site I listed
    earlier) you see that basic tools are all that are needed to perform this
    yourself (or a neighbor or friend who is mildly handy).

    All this of course assuming it is the stereo and not the antenna. But again,
    using basic tool knowledge and the website you (or a friend)
    can pull the radio yourself and make sure the antenna is secure.
    Seth, Mar 2, 2011
  5. Linda

    Seth Guest

    Have you looked at the website I mentioned earlier? You or a
    friend can do this yourself. A shop will probably charge at least $50 labor
    to do it for you.
    Seth, Mar 2, 2011
  6. Linda

    Linda Guest

    Seth ...

    II did see your recommendations -- and thanks!

    I'll be honest and admit I'm nervous about trying something like this
    myself -- and my friends are about as un-expert as I am. :) Do you
    really think a complete and total novice could do this without messing
    it up?

    Linda, Mar 2, 2011
  7. Linda

    Seth Guest

    Pulling a radio out to swap it or inspect wiring really only requires basic
    tool knowledge. If you're nervous about it, then don't do it. I'm not
    looking to push anyone into something but just want to make sure it's not
    dismissed due to not knowing what is involved.

    With a #2 phillips and a flat blade screwdriver (possibly an 8mm socket),
    one can have the radio out and in their lap in 10 minutes. is the specific
    doc for your vehicle.
    Seth, Mar 2, 2011
  8. Linda

    Tegger Guest

    Yes, that's very likely. And that's why it's necessary to do proper
    diagnostics on the unit. Any bad connection could be inside the radio
    itself, in the wiring to the radio, or in the antenna cabling.

    Unfortunately, there's no "magic bullet" fix here. You're going to need to
    invest some time or some money, possibly both. There's a reason why
    technicians are paid what they're paid.

    If you're really short on cash, you could do your own experimentation: The
    next time the radio decides to behave, leave its buttons alone and see if
    it behaves itself the whole time. If it does, try thumping the radio face
    or the surrounding dash with your hand (not pressing any buttons) and see
    if that upsets the reception; open and close the doors and trunk a few
    times; shut off and restart the car. And so on.

    The idea here is to try and determine if there is any sort of discernible
    pattern to the failures. Not only will you educate yourself, but you will
    also accumulate very valuable information that may greatly reduce the
    invoice amount should you entrust this repair to a pro. Plus he'll be
    impressed with your diligence, which may buy you an above-and-beyond type
    of job. Those guys are smart. Many of them like smart customers.
    Tegger, Mar 3, 2011
  9. Linda

    Linda Guest

    Thanks, Tegger.

    The radio is working again today, so I'm going to take your advice and
    see what I can determine on my own.

    When I started the car, I turned on the radio and it came on. When I
    got to my destination, I did not turn off the radio when I turned off
    the car. (Usually, I would also turn the radio off by the on/off
    button). Less than 30 minutes later, I returned to the car, and when
    I started it, the radio came on. I did not risk pushing the AM/FM
    button or any other buttons. After about 30 minutes of driving and
    one other stop, the radio was still coming on when I started the car.

    I'll try your suggestions in terms of thumping, opening and closing
    things, et cetera. And then, as you said, I'll have all that
    information to share with the pro.

    In the meantime, do you think it's okay to let the radio be on as long
    as it stays on? I mean, is there any chance I'm causing any damage to
    the car, do you think?

    Thanks so much -- to you and everyone -- for all this advice. It is
    SO helpful.

    Linda, Mar 3, 2011
  10. Linda

    Tegger Guest

    No problem at all leaving the radio on all the time. No damage will result.
    If you want quiet, just turn the volume down all the way rather than turn
    the radio off.

    It's starting to sound like your problem may be in the power supply or the
    power switch. Now that we know you were turning it off each time you turned
    off the car, you've probably just worn out the power button.

    You're welcome.
    Tegger, Mar 3, 2011
  11. Linda

    Linda Guest

    Well, the radio worked again when I was out tonight.

    I have noticed that it's still static-y -- background static -- while
    I am listening to it. More so near power lines, I think. And I
    haven't tried pressing the FM button yet.

    As long as I'm not doing any damage to the car by playing the radio
    even with these potential issues -- power supply or connection, et
    cetera -- I'll just see how it goes this week. If it goes out again,
    I'll have all this information to present to wherever I take the car
    to have it checked out. :)

    Thanks again!

    Linda, Mar 4, 2011
  12. That is definitely antenna.

    What happens when you touch the antenna while the radio is playing? (I
    forget--can you do that on that particular car?)
    Elmo P. Shagnasty, Mar 4, 2011
  13. Linda

    Linda Guest

    Yes, I do have an antenna. I think it gets a little more static-y.
    I'll check it when I'm out later and let you know.

    Linda, Mar 5, 2011
  14. Linda

    Linda Guest

    P.S. When I was trying to get it to work -- which now, it still is,
    with a little static, although I have left it on one station and not
    tried pushing any of the buttons -- I jiggled the antenna and it
    didn't make a difference. But I'll see what happens when I just touch

    Linda, Mar 5, 2011
  15. Hi Linda:

    Here is a link with some photos/diagrams on the 00 Civic radio antenna
    installation. Hope this helps.

    As for shopping for a new radio (if needed) you can go to,
    then go to "outfit my car". punch in the car information, and it will
    bring up the available radio-cassette systems and CD-radio systems
    that will fit your Civic. You can buy from them, or lookup the model
    numbers in BestBuy or ABC warehouse, and you may find the same models
    available from them as well. Price is pretty much the same from
    Crutchfield or the Big-Box stores.

    Good luck!
    Priyantha Mathupala, Mar 6, 2011
  16. Linda

    Clete Guest

    I think this thread has pretty much run its course.
    Clete, Mar 7, 2011
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