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Honda Odyssey Radio Not Working (How to Fix/Reset)

The radio is more than just the entertainment center in a modern Honda Odyssey. It is a hub for navigation, communications, and vehicle settings. You may not even realize how much you rely on your radio while driving, so when it stops working, it feels like your whole car is no longer working properly.

Car radio control buttons

As a general rule, the Honda Odyssey Radio will stop working when it loses its reference voltage for some time. When the power cuts due to a dead or removed battery or a problem with the alternator, your radio will need to reset to work again.

When your radio stops working, you may need to reset it. Most of the time, recalling its preset settings is quite a simple procedure. All it takes is to turn the radio on and hold the power button for two seconds for the radio to work normally.

Honda Odyssey Radio Won’t Turn Off

Driver changing radio stations

When your radio doesn’t turn off, it can be as problematic as a radio that won’t turn on. For one, a radio that stays on all the time, even after the car is switched off, can drain your battery power overnight, and when you come in the morning to drive to work, you will be faced with a low or dead battery. So what are the main causes preventing your radio from switching off when it is supposed to?

Your Honda Odyssey radio won’t turn off because of these common problems: the head unit wiring is faulty, the ignition switch provides accessory power to the radio, a worn-out ignition cylinder, or your radio was designed to stay on after the car is switched off.

If your radio doesn’t turn off, you should first check the wiring of the head unit. It should be connected to a power source that only turns on when the car is started or when the accessory power is on. If your main power wire is connected to a source that is always on, the radio will stay on all the time.

Next, check your ignition switch. The electronic ignition switch sometimes draws power when in the off position. If that happens, your radio will not switch off. While you are checking the ignition, make sure that the cylinder is not worn. Wear and tear sometimes cause the switch to stay in the accessory position even after removing the key. To fix this, you may need to replace the ignition cylinder.

Lastly, your radio may be designed to stay on for a few minutes after the ignition is turned off and the doors shut. If you stop and get out of the car with the radio playing, check after a few minutes if it stops playing on its own. If it hadn’t, your door switch might be faulty. Often, this issue requires professional assistance, so your best bet is to take your car to an authorized mechanic.

Honda Odyssey Radio Frozen

Occasionally, owners find that the radio display goes blank during operation in a few Honda Odysseys. The blackout causes a loss of Wi-Fi connectivity, Bluetooth functions, and navigation. The owners also experienced a loss of climate control and backup camera during the”freezing” incident. 

When the Honda Odyssey radio freezes, the easiest solution is to leave it alone for a few minutes. It should reboot automatically and start working again.

So far, the Honda manufacturers are still determining what caused this failure of the infotainment unit. They are working on a permanent solution to this problem.

Honda Odyssey Radio Is On But No Sound

Car driver adjusting car radio volume

You might get frustrated when you turn on the radio and all the lights come on, but the unit has no sound. It may be an easy fix, especially if you recently changed your car battery or jump-started your car. The temporary loss of power could also have blown a fuse connected to the amplifier of your radio.

When the Honda Odyssey radio is on, but there is no sound, the reason may be a blown amplifier fuse. The infotainment unit has two parts. Look under the passenger side kick panel to check and replace it as necessary.

The amplifier fuse may be tricky to find on a Honda Odyssey, especially if you are unaware that the radio has two fuses, one for the main infotainment unit and one for the amplifier. The correct fuse is located in the secondary fusebox located behind and to the right of the primary fusebox under the hood. The fuse is labeled “Premium” and uses a 20A fuse. Honda provides spare fuses and a fuse puller in the primary fuse box for convenience.

Honda Odyssey Radio Static Noise/Crackling

Honda manufacturers have been experiencing problems with the infotainment units fitted into the Honda Odyssey models. They have identified communications issues that cause static/crackling noises from the speakers. The sudden crackling may be distracting to the drivers and also causes a loss of safety features such as navigation and the back camera. Honda is aware of the problem and is trying to find a solution. In the meantime, if it happens to you, take your car to a Honda dealer for them to diagnose the problem and hopefully fix it.

As a general rule, the Honda Odyssey radio emitting static noise/crackling results from Media Oriented System Transport (MOST) failure. Honda manufacturers are working on a permanent fix for this problem.

Another cause of static noise from your speakers is that the sound chip is broken in the stereo system or the speaker wires behind the door panel have come loose and are touching each other. Before you conclude that the cracking is caused by MOST, check your speaker wires and the sound chip to eliminate them as the culprits.

Honda Odyssey Radio Buttons Are Not Working

Turning on car radio knob

When one or two of your preset buttons stop working on the stereo, you are faced with two choices. One is to remove the stereo face and the circuit board from the housing for a thorough cleaning. The second choice is to buy a new stereo.

The best solution to fixing Honda Odyssey radio buttons is to attempt to remove the face plate, blow out the board with compressed air, and tighten the loose ribbon cable. You will need to replace the stereo if this fix does not work.

If you remove the circuit board, you can check if the switch contacts are dirty or rusted by using a multimeter. If the switches appear to be working, you can reassemble the face and hope it solves the problem. However, if not, you may want to save yourself more frustration by investing in a new stereo system. 

Honda Odyssey Radio Will Not Connect 

Radio is a prominent feature in your car; you expect it to work when you switch it on. Sometimes, it seems like gremlins get hold of your car, and all the electronic things stop working. If your radio is “dead,” but the radio lights still come on, it could be a fault with the microprocessor. The new cars are like modern computers, so it’s no wonder that things keep on breaking.

 As a general rule, if your Honda Odyssey radio will not connect, it may be because it has “locked up” or “crashed” in the car’s computer system. To fix it, you only need to disconnect your battery for one minute to reset the microprocessor. 

How To Reset Honda Odyssey Radio 

Pushing car radio touchscreen

Resetting your radio in a Honda Odyssey may become necessary when you do any repair work that requires you to remove or disconnect a battery. Once the power source to the radio is disrupted, it will require resetting when reconnected again.

There are two ways to reset a Honda Odyssey Radio. One may be as simple as turning the car on and off. The second method is to enter the reset code. 

When the power is restored to the car, the simplest way to reset the radio is to check if the car’s Electronic Control Unit (ECU) recognizes the radio. To do that, turn your ignition “ON” and press and hold the volume control button for at least two seconds to establish a connection between the radio and the ECU. If the components recognize each other, your radio will reset itself. 

If that does not fix your radio, you must enter the reset code when prompted. You will find the reset code in the glove compartment or on a card given to you by the dealer when you purchased your card.

Copyright protected article by Know My Auto and was first published on Nov 6, 2022. .

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