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2001 olds ALERO radio code needed

Need to install new car battery & was told about the radio code to get the radio to work. dealer wants 80.00 for it. Site on internet only 14.00, but don't have it if the radio has [RDS] stamped on the front of it,which it my only choice to give the dealer 80.00 or do i have another solution?????thanx for any help you may have..from BIGTRUCK also,if i get the code, what do i do with it?

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  • fiddeb Jul 31, 2008

    took my car to get fixed, they killed the battery and now my radio is locked. How do I get SoMEONE to fix it without me dropping another dime?



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The "Theftlock" theft deterrent system is a feature on all base and uplevel radios. There is no need to program a security code into the radio as in past model years. The theft deterrent system now utilizes Class 2 serial data to determine if the radio is in the appropriate vehicle. Each time the radio receives the "run" power mode message, it compares the VIN information it has stored to the VIN information received from a module on the Class 2 serial data circuit responsible for transmitting that information. If a mis-match occurs, the radio display will indicate to the user the radio is locked. Once this takes place, a DTC will set, the radio will not respond to any button presses and become inoperative. The two scenarios able to cause this condition are:

  1. A radio is installed from another vehicle
  2. A module which communicates on the Class 2 serial data circuit which supplies VIN information to the radio is replaced and not properly setup with the correct VIN information for that vehicle
The only way to unlock the radio is by using a scan tool.

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Hello There.

There are many websites that offer an unlocking service for a few £/$ . here is one that I found.

Hope this helps.

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