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The radio stays in "safe" mode. The car battery is brand new, and no fuses are blown. What else could cause this?

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    Jeff Turcotte Oct 07, 2010

    you need to enter your code to restore the radio function after changing battery. Check your paperwork for the car to find the radio code.

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Whenever you disconnect the battery,the radio will need a code fed into it,this is available from your local dealer for a charge in the USA but NOT anywhere else,the first owner may have written a 4 digit code in the service book(fat chance)if you are outside USA specialist dealers can recode your radio(at a cost)but i have found its better to buy a new radio with a aux input for mp3.(matter of choice.)but cos i live in England,labour rates are £85 per hour.cd/ radio costs £45 fitted.please tell all your friends re the radio code, could cost them a lot of inconvenience/money.especially if a "friend"replaces thier radio...........

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  • eloises Oct 07, 2010

    I have fed the code in, but it continues to go back to safe mode. Could it possibly be a loose connection on the radio itself?

  • geoff hunter Oct 07, 2010

    if you are sure its the right code,leave the unit on for about an hour then try again,you only get 3 hits then have to wait 24 hours..........unit on.....

  • eloises Oct 07, 2010

    Thanks. I'll try this and let you know whether I came right.

  • geoff hunter Oct 07, 2010

    after you put in the four digit code you have to press one other button,BUT i am sorry i cannot remember which button it is........i think its the "fm" button.....sorry..

  • eloises Oct 07, 2010

    I know which one it is. Thanks.

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