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I have a 96 saturn sl2, i disconnected the battery and now the radio doesn't work is has LOC on the radio face. can you tell me the code?

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Nobody can legally tell you the code. Contact any Saturn/GM dealership and have your VIN written down as a reference. It might take them a day or three to get back to you, but usually they can track the unlock code from VIN data you supply and relay that information back to you. Also, check your owner's manual - that PASSLOCK security code may have been manually written inside the cover flap, typically 4 digits. Use push buttons on the radio face to enter the code, a combination of pushing the seek/tune and scan/skip arrow keys will usually do the trick.

Outside of that - might have to let the dealership handle it for you.

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Hello, you will need to enter your radio unlock code using these instructions.


  1. Press SEEK DOWN, SEEK UP, TUNE DOWN, or TUNE UP. The radio display should show 0000.
  2. PRESS SEEK DOWN to set the first digit.
  3. Press SEEK UP to set the second digit.
  4. Press TUNE DOWN to set the third digit.
  5. Press TUNE UP to set the fourth digit.
  6. If the code was entered correctly, the radio will display SEC (SECURE). The theft deterrent system for the radio is now active and normal operation may be resumed. If the code was entered incorrectly, the radio will display Err for 5 seconds and the LOC (LOCKED) will be displayed again. If LOC is displayed, repeat 1-6.
  7. If the correct code is not entered in 8 attempts, follow the next steps:
  8. 7.1. Turn ignition to ACC position. 7.2. Turn radio power switch OFF. 7.3. Wait one hour before repeating steps 1 through 7. If attempts to unlock the system are made before the one hour period is up, the radio will display INOP (INOPERATIVE). Continue to wait. If the ignition is not in the ACC position, power will never reset internally to allow itself to be unlocked. 7.4. After one hour, repeat steps 1-7.

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My daughters 97 saturn was worked on and now the stereo says LOC and wont play anything got any suggestions?


Hi, my name is Ben. When LOC is displayed on the radio it indicates that power has been shut off to the radio. Probably disconnected the battery during servicing the vehicle. Once this happens, there is a code which must be entered using the buttons on the radio to make the radio able to work again. If you don't know the code, you will need to take the vehicle to a dealership service department and have them unlock the radio. Sorry, I can't help you more, but hopefully you have the information you need now. If you can find the code, sometimes it's written in the owner's manual, I can give you the procedure for entering it into the radio.

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1.) To begin, if your radio is displays LOC, then proceed to step 2. If your radio says INOP, then turn your ignition to the RUN position, and turn the radio ON. You must leave it like this for a minimum of 1 hour (not 59 minutes) to clear the INOP message. I would wait 1 1/2 hours just in case doing it too early causes the timer to start over.

2.) Turn your ignition to RUN (if not already), and your radio to OFF. Press and hold preset buttons 2 and 3 for around 5-10 seconds to obtain a scrambled version of your radio's original factory set code.


3.) Call a GM dealer with this code. Tell them you are with a local shop i.e. I am Joe with Good Year Highway Tire; Then tell them: We have a 2000 Saturn SL we just changed a battery in and the radio is now locked. My mechanic pulled the pre-code. Could you give me the code? This usally works at no charge.

Once you have the code write it down. Keep atleast 2 copies. Hope this helps!

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notify a dealer the loc code is part of vehicle security system-- call the dealer first they can also advise how to retrieve the radio id code which is needed for the un loc code or if u have ur manual in if is how to retrieve the radio id code

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Press & hold the 2 & 3 buttons at the same time for about 10 seconds; a 2 or 3 digit code will appear, write this # down, press & hold the am/fm button for about 10 seconds: another code will appear, write this # down, then call 1-800-537-5140 and enter 202108 (this is a dealer code - you can use one of the others below, too) followed by the # key, then enter the numbers that you wrote down, followed by the * key.
The call will give you a 3 or 4 digit override code. Write this code down so you have it if you ever need it again. Enter this number into your radio following the instructions in your owners manual.

Note: If you get an override code that starts with 0, you drop the 0 when entering the code into your radio.

If you don't have an owners manual, then press & hold the hour button until the first 2 digits of your code come up, then press & hold the minute button until the last 2 digits show. Then press the am/fm button.
Repeat step #5 twice in a row it will disable the Theftlock and you will see "---". You will then be able to change to a new lock code.

IMPORTANT - Other dealer codes: 139010, 206053 and 620529 - these may be inactive by now; GM will remove them from time to time if they feel that they are "compromised".

Also - there are 2 modes to the TheftLock - "LOC" or "SEC" and "INOP". Once the anti-theft is activated, the radio display will show "LOC" or "SEC" - you then have 8 attempts to enter your code. If after 8 attempts you don't enter the correct code, the display will change to "INOP". It is only at this time that you will need to wait one hour, with the ignition ON; before you can retry. After that - you will have only 3 attempts before the radio enters "INOP" mode again.

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