Question about 2002 Dodge Neon

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I just bought a 01 neon. The previous owner said he had to boost his car as he left his lites on. Now the stereo doesn't work. It has 3 lights flashing on I think the equalizer. I am told it is a antitheft thing. Dodge today told me to bring it in monday and they would deactivate it for like 60.00. Insane. How do I fix my stereo myself PLEASE?

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  • kijijirocks Jul 26, 2009

    Hi there, Thanks for the reply. The previous owner doesn't know it either. It makes no sense to me that the dealer is going to change me money for a code thing they put in the car in the first place lol
    Now I'm scared if I pay the dealer the money for a 3 second job,(so I'm told) that if I ever have to boost my car every time then I have to pay them again. I think I should go buy myself a old school beater without this technology stuff :)
    If I did ever find this code thingy online somehow, where/how do I program it myself, or do you need some sort of machine? I know nothing about cars. Yes, I'm female lol. Thank you!!

  • kijijirocks Jul 26, 2009

    Ha ha ha ha ha ha. Trust me, I thought of doing that one already lmao. Wouldn't be the first time I decked someone trying to rip me off lol.I said I was a female, not a lady hee hee hee. Tooo cute, Thanks for the laugh :)

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I was under the impression that the dealer would give customers the code for their radio for free. Check with the last owner and see if he has it and knows how to enter it to get it working. When you get the code, save it. I haven't kept a factory radio for longer than it took to drive home from wherever I bought a vehicle, so, don't know how to enter the code. There is a code saver (small battery that keeps power in system) that you can buy/ use to prevent this in the future if you need to service battery.I'd also check with a different dealer...perhaps they won't be so greedy...
Good luck

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  • Richard Scordino Jul 26, 2009

    The procedure for entering the code differs by manufacturer...Generally if you give the dealer your vin# and proof that the car is yours they will give you the code. As I said, I'm not sure how to put it in because I scrap every factory radio. To prevent it from happening again, first, keep the code once you get it) and when someone enters it for you, have them show you how, Or, for around $10.00 you can get a "setting saver" at any auto parts house that plugs into the lighter and keeps the radio from loosing code while changing battery.
    Perhaps, being a lady, you'd be less likely to be prosecuted if you punched the guy at the dealership in the nose for trying to rip you off....No, don't do that!!! But be patient...


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