2005 Honda Pilot- After battery cable install, CD changer keeps flashing lights and running as if it is looking for a CD, a few seconds after ignition turns off. Any suggestions?


Asked by Sep 20, 2015 at 10:09 AM about the 2005 Honda Pilot

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

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I've an Acura w/Nav, Bose stereo, DVD, tape. Honda's are nearly the same. Your display should show some error in DVD / Radio window asking for a key code due to the disconnected battery which in turn shuts down the anti-theft alarm making it unusable to the thief. The code is on the inside top of the fuse box cover mounted on the pass side firewall (in engine compartment). Happens whenever battery is disconnected. Code may change if stereo has been replaced but the new code should have been provided at install. I believe it's 5 #'s. Have had to reenter mine several times due to new batteries. Original 03 owner. If lost, you need to contact Honda for the code but need new stereo serial #. Hope it helps, good luck.

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Thank you. Actually that is not the answer. In this vehicle there is a CD and radio in the upper part of the console and a CD changer in the bottom console. The radio and upper CD player work fine after radio code was entered. The problem is specific to the lower CD Changer and appeared after a battery cable installation. I appreciate your response.

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Steve Fencl

I have the same problem with my 2005 Pilot. Have you found the answer?

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Same problem for me. No answers yet, though, I see. I had my battery disconnected for work done on my steering column, and while my radio showed an error code, which was resolved when I put in the code, the cd changer in the lower portion of the dash is searching for cds both when the car is started and right after it is turned off.

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John Gaines

If I could figure this out I'd be rich. No one seems to have a clue how this happened or what can fix it. I've searched the service bulletins with no luck. Also gone back to all the 2005-2015 posts with no hope of resolving it.


Interesting. I have had a problem free 2005 Pilot and all of a sudden my cd changer is doing the same thing. But in my case no battery cable changes or any other work done on the vehicle. Working when I parked it, came out a day later and it had spit out a cd and has had issues since. Upper radio and cd player working fine.

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