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Repairing a Honda, Acura, or Nissan DVD Navigation System

Since I wrote my original article on how to fix your Acura/Honda DVD system, I’ve received a lot of reader feedback. One thing that surprised me was the wide range of issues that can potentially happen to modern car DVD navigation systems. In addition to navigation DVD drive errors like we experienced, sometimes people can no longer get a good satellite signal, or the entire system might fail completely. Depending on your car, this could mean losing significant vehicle functionality like climate control in worst case scenarios. One final observation was in addition to Hondas and Acuras, Nissans also seem to frequently need DVD navigation service and repair. This post is about repairing a Honda, Acura, or Nissan DVD Navigation system.

Instead of taking your vehicle to the dealership and spending big bucks, consider tackling the repair yourself with the help of a remote DVD and navigation professional service shop. For our repair, this likely saved $500 – $1000 easy.

First, do some research on the problem and learn what needs to be serviced or diagnosed. Then, you’ll likely be able to find a YouTube video or procedure that explains how to remove the affected part like my Honda Accord Navigation repair procedure does. Remove the part and spend the extra on shipping and packaging to safely package your hardware in a sturdy box with lots of packaging cushion and foam. Use shipping insurance if your equipment is worth more than $200. Don’t forget to put your DVD along with your contact information in the package along with any email correspondence so they’ll know who’s equipment it is once it arrives.

Workshop in San Jose CA called Short Circuit Repair

The Short Circuit Repair Shop in San Jose

Second, find a reliable, trustworthy and fair professional shop to partner with on your repair. I prefer a shop like Short Circuit Car Audio Repair because they have a great Yelp reviews and specialize in Honda, Acura, and Nissan DVD navigation repair. They’ll quickly diagnose and repair your equipment at half the dealer cost or less. I suggest contacting them first for a few reasons. First, find out if they can even fix the issue you’re having. Next, see if they can provide an initial estimate before sending your equipment out. And then if you do decide to send it out, give them a heads up so they can schedule your work as soon as the equipment arrives.

Try this out and let me know how it goes in the comments below. Questions welcome and good luck with your repair on your Honda, Acura, or Nissan DVD Navigation System!


DirecTV HR34-700 1080p HD DVR receiver review

DirecTV HR34/700 1080p HD DVR receiver

Reviewed by:
Chris Thompson,
Solid receiver, good performance even on networked receivers. Intuitive and easy to use.

Familiar DirecTV user interface and design, beats UVerse and Comcast in my opinion

4 of 5

We recently upgraded to the new 5 tuner DirecTV HR34 HD 1080p DVR receiver. It’s definitely an improvement from our old UVerse DVR receiver, which I felt was slow and clumsy. Let’s go over some of the key features in this review and why I say you’ll consider it a step up.
DirecTV HR34-700 front
If you’ve already read this article and are looking for details on the 0x547 (1351) software update, click here to skip to page 3.

We obtained our receiver via a contract with DirecTV. I was shopping at Fry’s in Northern California and signed up at the DirecTV booth in the television section. The agent who helped me was knowledgeable, she had been with DirecTV for several years and could answer all my questions. Supposedly DirecTV just started offering this receiver in our area, so I thought it would be another good review opportunity. I signed a 2 year contract because we needed installation and I know it’s included for free when you sign a contract. Although I had to pay about $120 up front for the newer HR34 receiver, we ended up getting an all inclusive deal for $47 a month for the first year. That’s the middle of the road channel package, HDTV service, the HR34 (which is shared over a coaxial network) and 2 HD receivers. Not bad considering UVerse was charging us over $100 per month and not delivering on a good user experience. The second year does go up to about $60 per month which is still reasonable, then after 2 years we can elect to cancel. After having service for about a month now (which includes a couple months of free HBO, Showtime, etc) we’re pleased with the service, selection, and receivers. I listed the old HR24 receivers below that are available on Amazon, at these prices I’m not sure why you wouldn’t go for the new HR34-700 instead. The more expensive one is the receiver & DVR, the cheaper one is just a receiver only.

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