I just replaced my 5 year old battery in my 2002 accord and now my radio is asking for a ''code''. I bought the car used and don't have the retreival code card. What now? The serial # is U2113L5162 . I'll go crazy with no music, I don't want to talk to my wife while I drive. Thanks, Steve
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All Hondas come from the factory with a 5 digit code for resetting the radio after a power interruption, such as changing the battery. It's printed on a card about the size of a credit card, and is included with the owner's manual. Some dealers manually print the code number on an Avery sticker and stick it inside the glove box since the cards seem to disappear over time. If it's not there, you should be able to have the original dealer call Honda with the VIN and radio serial number and get the code. It's a different number for each car, so someone else's code won't work for you. Good luck
This happened to me just last year! I removed the battery connection for about 5 min and replaced it. Fortunately, it didn't ask me for a radio code when I put the battery back on. What ever the problem was, it reset itself and the mute is now unstuck.
It's the old power down and reboot solution. Works every time!
Hello you will need to visit the dealer to retrieve the unlock code for this problem your having removal of the battery has cause this to lock.Dealer usually charges $15-$20.00 for the unlock code this is the best solution.
What you have is the SERIAL NUMBER. Your almost there!!! The hard part is over! Go to the bottom below for the website option or phone number option you need to get the unlock code!!!
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FREE and EASY methods to get your Honda radio UNLOCK CODE. (Dealerships usually charge)
Assuming you don't have the Anti-Theft Code and Serial Number that is
found on the credit card sized Anti-Theft Radio Identification Card
that comes with the vehicle at the time of purchase and is usually
found in the glove compartment....
You have FREE options to retrieve that code by phone or on the internet
BUT, the RADIO SERIAL NUMBER is REQUIRED (no matter what). (see bottom
about removing ERROR E3)
***IF your Honda was made BEFORE 2001 the serial number MAY not be accessible without removing the radio from the vehicle.***
* TO GET THE SERIAL NUMBER (so that you can get the unlock code)
1. Get something to write with and on (you'll need it to write down the serial number)
2. Put the ingnition key in and turn it until your able to turn your radio on (accessories position).
3. Then turn your radio OFF by it's knob/button (but leave the ingition key in place).
4. Hold down the preset buttons 1 and 6 at the same time.
5. Turn the radio on while pressing down both the 1 and 6
buttons.(***IF your Honda doesn't have preset buttons on the radio then
hold down the top part of the 'Seek/Skip' button AND the top part of
the 'Change Disk' button instead.*** )
6. Write down the 4 numbers you see first and then 4 more that
display. These eight numbers are the SERIAL NUMBER. This is NOT your
7. Make sure your VIN (Vehicle Identification Number) is handy to
get the unlock code. (can be found on your insurance card, driver's
side door jam, small plate on dashboard by registration and inspection
* TO GET THE UNLOCK CODE (using the radio Serial Number and VIN)
1. Go to https://radio-navicode.honda.com/ (YES, it's run BY HONDA and IT'S FREE)
2. Follow on screen instructions (Serial Number and VIN required)
3. Type in the 5 digit code into your radio. This will unlock the radio and return it to a functional state.
1. Call American Honda Customer Relations (800) 999-1009
2. When the automated message starts 'Press 3' for 'Radio and Navigation Codes'.
3. Tell the Customer Service Agent you need your radio code. (They
will ask for your name, your radio's serial number, VIN, etc)
4. When they give you your radio unlock code--WRITE IT DOWN and KEEP IT SAFE!
5. Type in the 5 digit code into your radio. This will unlock the radio and return it to a functional state.
* REMOVING ERROR E3
****If you entered too many wrong codes and got an ERROR E3 message
displaying you'll need to do an additional step for even the correct
unlock code to work.****
Disconnect your negative battery terminal (or pull the radio fuse out
if that's easier for you) for 30 seconds then reconnect it and then the
radio will say "CODE" again and you can put in your correct unlock code.
So what happened to begin with?
See also: http://automobiles.honda.com/information/frequently-asked-questions.aspx?Question=2
If the power from your battery to the Honda radio is interrupted the
Anti-Theft feature kicks in, the radio is rendered inoperable and the
screen reads 'CODE'. You must enter in the Anti-Theft Radio Unlock Code
(usually 5 digits) to make it operational again. You know that much by
the radio station buttons numbered 1 2 3 4 5 6. enter the 5 digit radio code there. if it locks up or goes to error you must remove the negative (-) battery cable to reset the radio and try again. it will let you try 3 times.
the dealer is fulla **** sorry ,the radio is locked but not tied with the vin
and if u take your battery lead off then put back on it will ask you for the code and same if u take it out
the way to get the code is in your manual for the car
or ring the company who made the radio
so what the dealer is saying if it cant be unlocked when u replace the battery it will need a code what do u do ? of course u can unlock it
just do what i said above and u will have your code usaually 4 or 5 digits