Don't Know How To Repair Your Overhead Rear Entertainment Unit? Read This.

One of the greatest inventions in automotive technology is the overhead rear entertainment unit. It's a system with monitor that hangs down from the ceiling and can be used to watch movies, TV shows, or play video games.

It can be quite a drag for your passengers when your overhead rear entertainment unit fails. But there's no need to worry, because it can often be repaired with relative ease.

Here's what you can try.

1. Reset The System

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Sometimes the overhead rear entertainment unit needs a reset to start working again. It's often a simple solution that anyone can do.

The procedure to reset the system depends on which vehicle you have. Each make and model has its own procedure. In some vehicles, you can reset only the overhead rear entertainment unit. In other vehicles, you would need to reset the entire infotainment system. Here's a tutorial for doing a hard CUE radio reset.

2. Check The Fuse

Fuses protect your car from a short in the wiring, or from a malfunctioning piece of equipment that starts drawing too much power. If your overhead rear entertainment unit isn't working at all, check the fuse for it. If it's blown, replace it with a new one and see if that fixes the problem. If it blows again, you'll have to do some troubleshooting to find the problem. 

3. Narrow It Down To A Specific Issue

If some parts of the entertainment unit are working, then you may be able to narrow the problem down to a specific issue. For example, let's say the unit isn't responding to the remote controller. This suggests that the issue is with either the remote controller or the receiver in the unit. In that case, you may want to try the following solutions:

  • Find and remove any obstructions between the remote control and the transmitter
  • Replace the controller batteries
  • Replace the controller

Another example: if the monitor isn't turning on, it's likely an issue with the monitor itself or the power supply to it.

To Repair Or To Replace?

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Another big possibility is the fact that the unit itself has failed. If you have trouble pinpointing the underlying cause, the issue may be the unit itself. There are many different things that could fail within the unit.

The most common issue is a broken screen. If the screen is broken, it can usually be replaced. But there are other issues too, such as bad internal wiring or a fried motherboard. In some cases, you may be able to fix the unit if you have the skills and the parts. If you don't, you may hire someone to do it. But in other cases, it might be better to just buy a replacement unit.

Have ISS Automotive Repair Or Replace Your Overhead Rear Entertainment Unit


You can find a high quality replacement unit at ISS Automotive. We remanufacture genuine OEM entertainment units. If you order a unit from us, you're getting a genuine OEM part that has been remanufactured with quality parts.

This overhead rear entertainment unit for select 2014-2017 vehicles is one of our best sellers. If you don't see a replacement unit for your make and model, feel free to contact us. We'll be happy to see if we have a replacement part for your car.

We also repair OEM entertainment units. So if you prefer, you can send your overhead rear entertainment unit to us. We'll start repairing it within 24 hours after we receive it. Read more about our repair services.