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2001 Honda Prelude Radio Code

I purchased my vehicle used which did not come with the owner's manual. My battery went dead and now the radio requires a code. I would rather reset the radio myself versus to paying the dealership. I understand its not all that difficult. How can I obtain the code?

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Pull the ashtray out and check on the bracket of it you might have to unscrew and look on top side. If not there pull glove box all the way down, will require depressing tabs on side and check on it. It has been a few years since fooling with one but rember being there.

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