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Factory radio with code and or safe mode

It seems like everyday someone is writing in with the problem of loosing the radio code or having changed a battery and now their radio comes up with "safe" or "code".

the registered owner of the vehicle needs to call the dealer and with the V.I.N. # ready for them (and in some cases, the radio serial number) to get the serial number of the radio it will have to be removed in some cases and in other it can be brought up on the screen of the radio. the dealer will know this and how to advise you to do so. request the code and procedure. Once you have this code and procedure, write the code and steps down in the owners handbook or other item that stays with the vehicle.

There is no master code that works for all radios. how it works is the dealer has a computer program that will generate the code from the serial # inputed into it. so each radio has it's own unique code.


I hope this helps everyone with this issue , for you will have saved the code and have it handy for that next battery change.

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