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I have two problems. #1. I get an error on the radio now and it says, "Code." Radio does not work. I have an anti-theft system and the battery went dead and recharged it now no radio???? I do not have the anti-theft system code. Any advice? This is a 1994 HOnda Accord. #2. The odometer and speedometer does not work.

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  • drlizhulsize Mar 09, 2009

    How about the odometer and speedometer not working?

  • drlizhulsize Mar 09, 2009

    Is that easy to replace? I don't know much but I'd like to know more; how do I replac e such a cable? Where do I look? Or do I need to remove the dash? That seems too much for a newbie...thanks



    ANd thanks for the radio fix; I did get the unlock and code and am back in music.

  • drlizhulsize Mar 09, 2009

    See comment. Thanks

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  1. Turn the ignition switch to ON (II).
  2. Turn on the audio unit, and make sure you see COdE in the display. If you don't see this message, pull the backup fuse for 1 minute, and then go back to step 1.
  3. Turn off the audio unit.
  4. Press and hold the 1 and 6 preset buttons, then turn on the audio unit. The display toggles between two screens. The first screen displays a U and the first four digits of the serial number (for example, U2200). The second screen displays an L and the last four digits of the serial number (for example, L0055). Ignore the U and L, and write down all eight digits. Then go to step 5.
  5. Go to your dealer with your car, its ownership and the radio's serial number. They will give you the anti-theft code.

Method 2: for '03-'07 Accords with the navigation system
  1. Turn the ignition switch to ACC (I).
  2. Turn on the audio unit, and make sure you see COdE in the upper display. If you don't see this message, pull the backup fuse for 1 minute, and then go back to step 1.
  3. Turn off the audio unit.
  4. Press and hold the top halves of the SEEK/SKIP and CH/DISC bars, and then press and release the PWR/VOL knob. This display toggles between two screens. The first screen displays a U and the first four digits of the serial number (for example, U2200). The second screen displays an L and the last four digits of the serial number (for example, L0055). Ignore the U and L, and write down all eight digits. Then go to step 5.
  5. Go to your dealer with your car, its ownership and the radio's serial number. They will give you the anti-theft code.

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I had the same problem a few months ago, on a Tahoe. First it started off with a weak battery, then nextday the fuel gage stopped working, then some of the lights stopped working. Randomly somethings worked and some didn't. i took in and explained the trouble to the repairman. He said It could be one of three things; bad alternator, regulator, or just a bad battery. Much to my relief it was just a bad battery. Once I had that replaced, everything went back to working again.

So, I would say bring it somewhere to have the battery checked. Hopefully that will fix the problem.

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If the radio is factory you should be able to call honda and give them your vin# and they should be able to get you the code for your radio.On the speedo/odometer there is a cable that runs from the transmission to the speedometer it could be broken or disconected.either at the trany or behind your dash at the speedo head.

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The radio is protected in this way. If you for any reason disrupt the power supply to the radio you need to enter a specific code. You will need to contact your Honda agent to get an unlock code and they will also provide you with step by step procedure on how to enter the code. It is quite simple and you should manage easily. good luck

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  • Shane Seaman Mar 09, 2009

    For the speedometer it is more than likely that you blew a fuse or speedo relay when reconnecting the battery. Or if this is a seperate issue, I would check the main connection plug located at the back of the speedo. Both speedo and odometer work on the same wiring harness, so bad connection would effect them both. Hope this helps.

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You need to contact an authorized card dealer to reset the anti theft radio code, try also default code 0000.

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    Ginko Mar 09, 2009

    Hi, I report a more detiled instructions from a different thread:

    "in the glove box on the sides of the glove box for a white sticker. the
    sticker will have either a 5 digit code (your radio code) or a 9-10
    digit code composed of letters and numbers. if you have the 9-10 digit
    code that is the radio serial number and you can call any honda dealer
    and give them that and they can look up the radio code on their honda
    intranet.

    if the white tag isn't in the glove box look behind the ash
    tray or on the underside the rear trunk lid. the dealers put them in
    any number of different places but usually in the glove box.if you
    can't find the tag then try this--with the ignition key turned to the
    ON position and the radio turned OFF, hold the radio preset buttons
    number 1 and 6 down with two of your fingeif you can't find the tag
    then try this--with the ignition key turned to the ON position and the
    radio turned OFF, hold the radio preset buttons number 1 and 6 down
    with two of your fingers on the right hand. then turn the radio ON with
    your other hand. when the display comes on, release the buttons and the
    display of the radio should bring up a 5 charactor string starting with
    the letter U then another 5 character string with letter L. write the
    two strings down; that is the serial number of teh radio and again,
    call your honda dealer and give them that and they can look up the
    code. this may not work on your car because they started doing this
    method of retrieval in the 1999-2000 time frame and it may be after
    your car was made that they started this.



    lastly, if all else fails, you can remove the radio and get the serial
    number off the back of the radio. then call the honda dealer."

    From unlock my honda accord 99 radio


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    Ginko Mar 09, 2009

    The radio code, as explained is a normal condition when you disconnect the battery for a while, however the odometer and speedometer not working is not normal.

    The most likely for the odometer and speedometer not working is that the instrument panel has a relay on the fuse box that had blown.

    The problem can also be due to a bad speed sender, and to a bad connector behind the instrument panel, but that is unlikely, as you have not disassembled the instrument cluster.

    Check fuse box and wirings.


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