Battery siphoned - is it the aftermarket dash kit or stereo?

Drew Huisentruit

Asked by Aug 02, 2016 at 09:10 PM about the 2004 Honda Accord LX

Question type: Car Customization

I installed a new dash kit and stereo in my
Honda Accord about a year ago.
Dash kit:


I installed it myself and felt like I did
everything correctly (followed manufacturer
and online instructions). After a couple of
months with the new kit and stereo, my car
battery died (no issues otherwise). I got the
car checked at a shop because the battery
was less than a year old. They found that
the source of the siphon was from the
stereo (they said they couldn't pinpoint
whether it was coming from the dash kit or
stereo specifically when I had asked). I
unplugged the stereo (kept the new dash
kit in) and have been driving without a
stereo for a few months now and the
battery hasn't died again. Is it safe to say
that the culprit was the Kenwood stereo
and that it just had faulty wiring? I'm
planning on buying a Pioneer stereo and
having it professionally installed soon but
I'm concerned that the problem could
emerge again.

How likely is it that the dash kit has the
faulty wiring and the issue becomes
compounded whenever a stereo is

Thanks for any help or suggestions!

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