Radios have a theft-proof system that freezes the radio if power is
interrupted. It was designed that way to prevent theft of the radio. The
downside is your radio will be locked if you disconnect the
for any reason, or if the battery dies.
When you restore power, it will say ‘CODE
‘ on the
- When the radio displays CODE, you may enter the
code using the preset radio station buttons
- For instance, my number is 1615, so when I get the CODE on the
radio’s display, I press the radio preset button 1, then the radio
preset button 6, then the radio preset button 1, then the radio preset
- If your radio says OFF, leave the ignition on in the first position
for 2 1/2 to 3 hours in order for it to display CODE. In certain models
you can clear the OFF state by pulling the fuse for the radio (#7 in
my car). That’s a bit simpler than leaving the ignition in the first
position for a couple of hours — particularly if you don’t have a
The four-digit code is unique to your radio; your neighbor’s code
will not work on your radio. So what to do if you’ve misplaced, or never
received, the white card, like most people?
Dealers have your radio code in a database, and can look it up. Many
will give you the code over the phone
if you’ve lost
your card. You can call the dealer or maker they all have the same
computer system to look up your car radio code.
Sometimes the code is written on the radio itself. But you have to
pull the radio out (not hard) to see it.
Other dealers will have you drive to their lot and speak to them in
person. Because the dealer will need to read off the radio’s serial
number to cross-reference it with the unique code.
I advice you contact the dealer for the code of your car radio.