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Radio problem i re-install the radio and i put the wrong code and it is putting inop, and it gont let let me put the right code. what can i do? pontiac sunfire '97

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InOP - Too many wrong code attempts have been entered and the radio must be left powered on for one hour with the battery and ignition applied before three more attempts can be made. Entering only the correct code will unlock the car radio. here's your answer . cheers

Posted on Jan 11, 2009

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    Rick Byrd Jan 12, 2009

    well hope that answer led you to fix your problem , it was straight out of the manual for an inop code . i like to help people for free in my free time thanks . my reward is the fixya votes .

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