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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!


Acura-Honda DVD navigation fix and repair

Are you having problems with your Acura or Honda DVD navigation system? When you drive, do you sometimes see a message that says, “DVD disc reading error“? When you start the car, is the “OK” button missing so that you can’t start the navigation system? If you said yes to either, then your DVD navigation system needs to be fixed, and this repair procedure is for you.

The OK button was missing when we turned the car on until we did this fix
Acura/Honda navigation system - OK button missing when starting the car, This button was missing on our 2006 Honda Accord navigation system until we had the unit serviced

I actually experienced both these errors on our 2006 Accord EX with navigation. The key is to not get frustrated and to systematically eliminate possible issues until the root cause is found. First, locate the DVD drive (for the Pilot it’s under the passenger seat, in the Accord it’s mounted in the center of the trunk area). Is the system getting power when the key is in the “on” position? Ours was, so then I ejected the disc to see what else I could find. The drive seemed to be working fine, but the disc had faint swirling scratches on it. I used some alcohol to clean the disc but after another day or two, the error had returned so a dirty disc was not the culprit.
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