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Honda CRV car radio

I own a 2003 Honda CRV. I bought it used and no owners manual was provided with the purchase. I lost power to the car's system and the radio set itself in an anti-theft mode requiring a code to get the radio to function again. I tried pushing several buttons and now only get an "error" message. How do I reset this radio?

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  • mlc521 Nov 26, 2007

    I lost power in my CRV and now the stereo won't turn on either. The car runs fine now but I still do not have any radio power. Is there a special code that I should plug in?

  • joel101 Nov 30, 2007

    same thing has happenned to my radio it requires a code and I am stuck

  • joofDXB Dec 04, 2007

    I met same problem. I bought my CRV 2003 2nd hand. Everything 's good except found my radio useless. Asking radio code to operate.



    JoofDXB

  • Anonymous Dec 11, 2007

    YES IT SEEMS I HAVE THE SAME PROBLEM I HAVE A 2001 HONDA CRV AND I REPLACED A BATTERY AND NOW ITS ASKING FOR A CODE AND I DO NOT HAVE IT AND WHEN I CALLED THE DEALER THEY WANTED 119.00 DOLLARS JUST TO GET THE SERIAL # ON THE RADIO TO GET THE CODE #

  • djay10 Dec 12, 2007

    I lost power in my CRV (2005 Model) and now the stereo won't turn on either. The car runs fine now but I still do not have any radio power. Is there a special code that I should plug in?

  • aegh Jan 21, 2008

    I have the same problem. Battery died and now the radio is locked and needs code. HELP

  • sherwin954 Jan 28, 2008

    I have the same problem. I own a 1998 Acura CL, when I changed the battery, my radio locked out, now all I get is an error msg. Dealer wants alot of money to retrieve code. How do I find the serial No. and code?

  • Anonymous Feb 03, 2008

    When the battery in my 2003 Honda CRV died so did the radio. All that shows is the word code. I have the code, but do not have the slightest idea what to do with these numbers. Help. Marie

  • viper357 Feb 08, 2008

    yes i unplg the battery now my radio do not work i have 2003 honda crv

  • Chris 64 Feb 23, 2008

    After a battery failure on my Honda CRV, I tried to enter the code for my radio. I must have done so incorrectly. Err 3 appears on the display but I have the code. What do I do now?

  • Anonymous Feb 25, 2008

    I need help to how to input the code in Honda CRV for the radio

  • Anonymous Feb 25, 2008

    I also have a Honda CRV 2001. I had to have the battery replaced yesterday 2/24. Immediately after replacing the battery, the error code Err3 appeared on the CD Player. I cannot get anything to function, not radio nor CD. I have not called my dealer as yet, but will do to see what their response is.

  • Anonymous Mar 20, 2008

    I see the code in the glove box. how do I get the stereo back to except it. it just shows error now after a few attempts to enter the wrong code.

  • dan depauw Apr 01, 2008

    2003 CRV with a 6 disc CD player....it loads the CD and then ejects it and will not play it....even with all 6 loaded.

  • Guadalupede Apr 25, 2008

    I bought the car without manual, had the battery changed and radio does not work, it needs a code and I do not know how to get it.



    Honda CRV 2003

  • Anonymous Apr 26, 2008

    error e shows when off and clock flashes time when on

  • Anonymous May 28, 2008

    i have the same problem that my cd changer is in the code mode.

    but i dont know how to enter the code.

    i have the code also but what switch i have to press for it?

    if you guys have anyidea abt that pls let me know.

    viral

  • Anonymous Jun 08, 2008

    I had the alternator and battery replaced and now the radio/cd player won't work; only diplay code or error messages. Is there a fix for this?

  • G_Dog21 Jul 26, 2008

    recieving an err3 code acura cl 1999

  • 55murphy Jul 27, 2008

    I have a 2002 Acura 2002 tl and just installed a new battery. I've lost the 5 digit code. Can you help?

  • trshnelson Aug 01, 2008

    My audio system has done the same thing. No manual and need a code, error message. Could you please tell me what to do to fix it

  • Anonymous Aug 30, 2008

    have a 2002 honda crv just installed a new battery in it and now the radio

    keeps saying error. please help I think i need some kind of password or

    something

  • Anonymous Oct 14, 2008

    Tengo un honda CR-V AñO 2001Y EL RADIO ME ESTA PIDIENDO UN CODIGO DE DESBLOQUEO QUE PUEDO HACER NO ME PUEDEN PROVEER UNA LISTA DE CODIGOS PARA DESBLOQUEARLO

  • purple-lady- Oct 18, 2008

    I have a 2003 Honda CRV with 2.4 engine I have the code but do not know how to reset for the radio to work and no money to take to dealer can you tell me hoe to do this my self
    purple-lady-1@hotmail.com



  • Anonymous Nov 26, 2008

    how to input code in crv 2001 in radio



  • denenkpojime Dec 28, 2008

    i have a 2005 Honda Crv. i changed the battery and my cd changer has been asking me for the code. i have copied my vehicle VIN number and also retrieved the stereo serial number. the problem is there is no phone number to complete my search process. i am in Nigeria and need the dealer number, but i don't even know how to get around that. what do i do, please.
    Denen


  • banzoom7 Dec 28, 2008

    1999 honda cr-v the audio led display will not illuminate

  • catlea Jan 30, 2009

    My battery died and I got a new one. Then I realized I couldn't use my car radio and it required me to type in a code.



    Lea R.

    Honolulu

  • Anonymous Mar 26, 2009

    I have a 2002 Honda CRV and dont have the radio code VIN no. U230 L055, serial no. BNB23020554, model  TK-AF6-J1054

    Awaiting an urgent response.

    Thanks a million

  • mtnmccall Apr 01, 2009

    I have a 2000 crv and after getting work done on car, i get it back with inoperable cd/radio.


    thanks to all for info, but this is a second-hand vehicle. I don't have original owner's phone number. Would I still be able to get code  from Honda with just VIN and serial?

  • lindy2441 Feb 28, 2014

    I had the same problem fixed by going to honda dealer pay you can get it for free or pay $60 if they have to take the radio out cheers

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If you look in the glove compartment, there should be a white sticker with a 5-digit code.

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  • JayB Nov 20, 2011

    03 here with a Glovebox sticker. Worked like a charm. Thanks for the post!

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    Jack Barker Mar 28, 2016

    On mine the sticker was on the back of the ashtray

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For the 05 Civic
If you have an Error message the system rejects the 5 digit code. All you need to do is de-energize the system to get back to code mode. The easiest way to do this is to pull the 10 amp fuses out of the fuse block and then re-insert them. The system will now take the code.

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The code is in the glove box or on the side of the glove box only for 2002 and above. For 2001 and below, the serial # is on the back of the radio and the dealer has to have that in order to get the radio code from Honda. The radio and air controls are all in one piece so the whole bottom of the dash, all the way across has to be removed to pull the radio. That's why they charge so much. I'm looking at just replacing my radio with a new one that offers free installation.

Posted on Jan 19, 2008

  • DMSL Nov 27, 2011

    I have a 1998 CRV and the radio serial # was on a white sticker on the side of the glove box. I used the Honda site to retrieve my code, and it asks for the zip code and phone number and email address you used when you purchased the vehicle. However, when I entered this information, it said it was wrong. Since I have been to my Honda dealer for almost all of my service appts., I thought maybe that they have my CURRENT information on file, and BINGO - I entered my current info. and the radio code was revealed. Thanks to everyone for their help on this site!

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Here is the direct link to honda's website that really helps you all you need is the phone number and zip code used when purchasing your CRV and the vehicles VIN number
http://automobiles.honda.com/information/frequently-asked-questions.aspx?Question=1

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I have a 1999 Honda CRV and the battery was changed. Now the radio does not power on. I checked the 10 amp fuse and it is fine, I also have the code, The issue is the power. Any suggestions?
The radio was fine before the battery change.
I called the Honda dealer and they were no help!
BTW: I would hope that Honda removes the antitheft feature. I would prefer that someone steal my radio then to have to go though this annoyance! And who is going to remove the dashboard to steal a factory radio in the first place!

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I have a 1999 Honda CRV. After having the battery replaced at NTB, the device they used to keep codes didn't work and my radio was dead. They told me to go to the local Honda dealer to get it reset.

Honda dealer told me it would cost $100 to get the dash taken apart. I wasn't pleased.

Google steps in. I came home and checked a few different hits. Though it says that my 1999 doesn't have a sticker, there was one in the glove box, though quite non-descript with a few letters and numbers. I went to the Honda website and found a link that allowed me to input my phone number, VIN number and the code from the glove box. Voila! It popped right up! I am so psyched! It just cost me a few minutes time on the internet to save $100!

Disappointed to realize yet again that the local Honda dealer didn't have better information (I even bought the car from them!). Good luck!

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2002 CRV:Was able to locate original stereo code # on the underside of the outside fuse box cover(engine compartment). The code is a 5 digit number (numbers 1 through 6 only)and can be entered by pressing the appropriate numbers displayed on the stereo panel.If you are unable to enter any digits, start up car and pull the #9 fuse(AKA Back Up fuse, as schematically displayed in owners manual or on underside of outside fuse box cover). Reinstall the #9 fuse with the car still running and input code.

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I have a Honda 2004.. with the same problem. Called the honda guys and they asked me for $150 saying tht the code is behind the radio and they need to take it out.. blah blah blah...
thankfully i dinn go to them...
i just found a 5 digit code in my glove compartment ( built into the dashboard, located over the front-seat passenger's footwell in an automobile )... and entered the code in my radio.. and Voila it worked!!! so look out for a sticker in ur glove compartment ... u might just need tht.

All the best!

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When you call 1-800-999-1009, you will need to give them your name, address, and phone number(the current owner), not previous owners.

And you will need to give the serial number as well, by hold the ignition key to position 2 (switch on), and press the radio to be off. Press 1 and 6 keys together, then press "power" button again. It will show you Uxxx Lxxx code.

Once you give them all those information, they will be able to give the code to you. Otherwise find the WHITE sticker on the side of the glove box, my glove box does NOT have such sticker, or previous owners removed it.

If all those does not work, you will need to go to honda dealership and pull the radio out, the code is on the back, this is costly. Good LUCK!

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  • CharlotteUSA Jul 21, 2011

    Thanks so much for your help! it was very nice! I ve got my radio car all fixed it my self :) Thanks!

  • becky simonds Aug 20, 2011

    Thank you soooo much this helped me.

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    On mine the sticker was on the back of the ashtray

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In addition to the other solutions offered here, I read in the Honda manual that once the ErrE message is displayed, the unit must be left on for one hour before the code can be tried again. Sure enough, by leaving the car in the accessory position with the radio on, the ErrE message went back to CODE. This time we knew the correct code and it's working again. This may not be any easier than pulling the fuse, but it's another option.

Posted on Dec 22, 2009

  • billkinyon Nov 11, 2010

    I tried the other suggestions on here, and this one was the only one that worked for me. It did take a full hour. After 55 minutes the ErrE message was still there, but at the one hour mark, CODE popped into the display. I punched in the 5-digit code (which was on a sticker in the glovebox), and everything works fine now. Thanks! My manual didn't have this info, so you must have gotten a better manual than I did. :)

  • FreezinginFl Dec 16, 2010

    THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU! to the person who posted this! I have been freezing my rear off trying to get the goofy spark plug out and trying all of the other tricks to no avail...ugh! This was all after standing outside of AutoZone waiting for my new battery to be installed. This methos DOES work...you just have to have a little patience! But, it is worth it to have your radio back and not have to take it to the dealership and have them charge you and arm and a leg to do the same thing. Thank you yalefamily!!!

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I lost my radio code for my 2001 Honda CRV. The dealer wanted $90 to retrieve the radio serial number. I found a sticker inside the glove box with letters and numbers. I contacted Honda Customer Service and gave them my name, address, VIN and the number from the sticker and they were able to provide me with the five digit radio code. The number on the sticker was the radio serial number.

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Guys, many thanks for solutions. My 2007 CR-V Radio suddenly displays "Enter Code" though I didn't change any battery. I checked the glove box as you guys suggested. Voila! A sticker has 5-digits security code and radio serial number (I guess).

Honda seems trying to lessen hassles for the customer after lots of complaints from older models. But, still no explanations about the security code on the handbook.

When entering the sec code, be aware of "Code" letters disappear and appear again without showing the sec code.

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My honda crv fm radio and the cd is still not working after i have unlock the code. kindly assits.

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Hi - i have just purchased a Honda CRV 2003, it has no disk and just has a message on the screen in English and Japanese. (it is most probably a japanese import)
It states - Error - insert correct program disk.
the stereo also is not functioning, can anyone tell me what i need to buy?
Will the Satnav Maps disc also cure the problem that the stereo/cd player is also not responding?
Any help would be appreciated?
Joseph

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I have a 2002 Honda CR-V with the same problem, battery died and I did not get the code from previous owner. I hade Error showing on screen. I started up the car pulled the red 10 amp fuse ( shown on diagram as Backup ) then put it back in. I found the 6 digit code on a sticker on the glove box door, punched it in and radio came back to life!

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Losing 12 volt power to the radio causes a problem in the Honda CRV when your swapping car batteries. To avoid all of the difficulties of getting your stereo radio working again after a power loss to the electrical system just get some jumper cables or long wires with clamps on the ends and connect the new battery to the terminal connectors BEFORE you disconnect the old battery when making a battery swap. That way you wont lose power during the swap and wont have to go through all of the hassle of gettting your radio working again.

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Honda was going to charge me $96 (!!!) to pull out the radio to figure out the radio code. I've got a 2002 CRV and looked under the fuse box cover in the engine compartment like some of you said and voila! The radio code was there. Saved myself $96 bucks.

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When i changed my battery on my crv honda 2005 the radio won't work and displaying 0000 on the screen

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I found my radio code on a sticker inside the plastic envelope that contained all my car information and operating manual. It was in my glove compartment. I have a 2002 CRV.

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1. Press 1-6 together to get the Serial Uxxxx Lxxxx
2. Call Honda Customer Service 1-800-999-1009 to get the Code

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Hi Ed

Please see the following article posted here.

It explains where to find the code on your vehicle. It is on a white sticker "somewhere" in or on your vehicle. This could be as simple as the glovebox door, to the engine compartment to the inside of the center console.

It is a 5 digit code.

Good Luck

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