Wednesday, November 16, 2005

Honda will not let me steal my own radio (but someone else could)

About 5 weeks back, the battery in my 2000 civic was finally at its last. I took it to AutoZone, got a new battery, and after (embarrassingly) seeing how corroded the plugs were, had the new one installed.

Turn on car. Turn on radio.

"Code"

Hmmm. How about CD mode?

"Code"

Ummm. Station 1? No, how about 2..3..4..5

"Code Err"

Uh oh.

Honda's radio anti-theft system has a code that is unique to each radio. This code is supplied to you when you buy the car. So the dealer should have this, right?
Wrong.

Me:"Hi, my battery died and I need the radio code, here is my information"
Honda:"Ok sir, we can only help you if you can give us the radio serial number"
Me:"Ok, well, I dont think I have that. I bought the car 5 years ago where would it be?"
Honda:"Well, I dont know what we did 5 years ago, but usually its in the book, or on a sticker in the glovebox"
Me:"Ok, here are all the numbers I found" (I rattle off the numbers)
Honda:"Well..none of those look like it"
Me:"Well..how do I get the serial number?"
Honda:"You have to remove the radio."
Me:"How do I do that?"
Honda:"You can do it yourself, or you can pay some place like best buy to take it out and get the serial number, and then you can call us to get the code."

So get this. The car that I own, I have to pay, I have to PAY to get my radio back. I ALREADY BOUGHT THE CAR.

My buddy found the instructions. I'm not a car guy, I fix computers. So, taking apart my entire dash (and by entire dash, I mean the WHOLE dash), moving wireharnesses, and finally pulling out the radio to get this number does not seem worth the entire saturday I would spend doing it. (Not to mention..getting it back together).

But here's the kicker. If someone breaks into my car, STEALS my radio, and calls Honda, they can get the code. No ID required, no proof, they can steal my radio and get the code.

Congratulations Honda. Your anti-theft has been so effective, that I am now unable to steal my own radio. (but someone else could, and they could use it to!)

5 weeks now. 5 weeks without a radio. Without my CD PLAYER. My 7 minute drive to work now feels like about 40 with only the sound of my heater and the tires rolling on the ground to power my thoughts.

Good thing I discovered Green Tea. Otherwise I would so not be as chipper when I got to work.
Seriously.

480 Comments:

At 12/22/2005 6:36 AM, Blogger Green Goblin said...

Dude, this just happened to me yesterday on my 2001 civic. I am a Honda fan. Great cars. They are reliable, safe, good on gas, fun to drive. They even look pretty decent, but this is probably the stupidest thing this company has done. I said exactly the same thing to my wife yesterday. I can't change the battery in my car, but someone could steal my radio and make it work with a phone call. Now, I am faced with the choice of paying the dealer, trying to do it myself, or just buying a new radio that comes with a free install. I mean, if it is going to cost me $125 to get my old radio back, why wouldn't I pay $150 for a new one that looks like something from Battlestar Galactica and have it installed for free?

 
At 2/20/2006 9:16 PM, Anonymous TYW said...

This is truly amazing, I just said the same thing to my wife today. Our kids left a door open on our 2001 Honda Odyssey, no stickers (of serial number or code) anywhere on the car so the dealership wants $100 to revive the old stereo. The sad thing is that being a packrat, I actually kept all of the documents, tire disclaimers, door tags, every little thingamajig that came with the car initially, but I can find NO STICKERS!!! Called Honda, they will give me the code over the phone if I have the serial number. Or I can pay $8 on eBay and with a serial number someone will email me the code. Any thief who stole the radio will have the serial number and at most, it cost him $8 to get a code. Owners who refused to pay dealerships $100 may not. Yes, I am a big fan of Honda vehicles, I own three of them but this is the stupidest thing I have ever seen.

 
At 5/13/2006 12:55 AM, Anonymous Chris said...

My Prelude radio needed the code a couple weeks ago too. The Honda dealership told me the same thing they told you. Gotta remove the whole dash to get the serial number before we can give you the code.

Well, I did a little research and it turns out that some dealership will put your radio code on a sticker on the bottom of your ashtray. I took my ashtray out and there was my code! I now have working radio again.

 
At 7/30/2006 11:45 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is great. I'm here on the internet searching for ways to unlock my 2000 civic's radio that locked us out when the 5 yr. old battery crapped out. I've been in silence for about 3 weeks now. I'm really only missing the radio, because the CD player died in 2003 (duh,since the warranty ran out!)

I see I've only just begun the process! LAME! Thank God for the new Battle Star Galactica stereo with USB/SD ports!

-laura

 
At 8/01/2006 2:53 PM, Anonymous CaptCurt72 said...

I just had the dealer work on my 2001 Accord EX, and afterwords had "code" displayed on the radio. After removing the dash cover and radio to get the chassie M" number off the back of the radio, I find that the dealer cannot get the code from that number. I happen to also get the 8-digit serial number off the top of the radio (which could be read with the dash cover off and radio still mounted) and they did get me my code.

Then I read the owners manual and found that the serial number can be retrived with the radio in place by pressing the 1 and 6 buttons while turning on the radio. The serial number then appears on the display. This only works if "code" is displayed on the radio. Once the radio is unlocked, this doesn't work.

Another dealer wanted $85 to do this, telling me the radio had to be removed.

 
At 8/01/2006 9:09 PM, Blogger Chris Deweese said...

I knew I wasn't alone! It's great to see people still finding this months after I posted it. Comment away!

I hope all the suffering Honda owners of the world can find some solace here.

I love both my Hondas, but from now on, the first thing to get replaced is the radio!

 
At 8/07/2006 11:43 AM, Blogger Sherry said...

Oh my word, this just happened to me (2001 Accord) and I am STUNNED. ABSOLUTELY FLOORED that I have to PAY to have my radio removed in order to access a s/n for a secret code to a stereo that I OWN. Incredible. Thanks for posting this, I appreciate the ability to vent.

 
At 8/07/2006 3:12 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

man i in the same here thinking get a aftermarket mp3 better the oem one now ... forget them

 
At 8/09/2006 12:19 AM, Blogger daisy said...

Yikes, my battery was just replaced and I'm getting the "code" message too! Looked through all my paperwork including the original sticker off of my 2001 Odyssey and every one of my oil change receipts and couldn't find a code card...do you think they ever even give you one in favor of having your negative business 5 years later?? I got the M code out of the glove compartment and will also try the 1-6 trick. Wish me luck...

 
At 8/26/2006 2:36 PM, Anonymous Josie said...

I agree with you so completely. In my case my battery died and after paying for the new battery, paying for the installation, I now have to pay to get the radio switched back on.

How lame. Needless to say, I bring my ipod in the car.

 
At 8/31/2006 8:18 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I used to love my Honda Accord I could'nt find one thing wrong with it. Until my car battery died and my radio said one thing "CODE". I have now spent two weekends trying to fix it. I have tried the pushing one and six trick and it did not work for me. I'm a packrat and I cannot find any codes anywhere. I will not pay $125 to get my radio back. I will instead have to buy a used stereo and have installed for free.
I know one thing after this I will never buy another Honda car again. And that is a shame because until this I was honda's biggest fan, but this is ridiculus.

 
At 9/07/2006 12:14 PM, Anonymous Eric said...

Yup I'm another vicitm of Honda stupidity - just replaced the battery, one of the most common maintenance procedures on a vehicle (aside for oil changes) and the radio has the code message on it - this is asinine... I'm gonna rank this right below the Ford putting the gas tank outside the farme rail, and right above the production of the Pinto, on the most unequaled of stupid list - Honda - blow me

 
At 9/08/2006 3:02 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

you are all pretty freakin stupid. my '01 odyssey came with a folder type thing for the manual, buisness cards and pinkslip. right in that package is a plastic card, with bold lettering saying something along the lines of 'stereo code' and the 5 or 6 digit code. underneath the code? a bar code.

check your paperwork again. or just take your car to a dealer and they do it for free (As long as you ahve proof that you actually own the thing)

 
At 9/08/2006 4:54 PM, Blogger Chris Deweese said...

Thanks anono-person. I did call my dealer, they know I own the car and they did not put it with the paperwork (which I have all of it). They said "sorry" and for $80 we'll fix it.

Actually tonight I might mention that to the owner of the dealership, since I'll be seeing him at dinner.

 
At 9/09/2006 6:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

the troubling part is you drive 7 minutes to get to work.

 
At 9/10/2006 12:48 PM, Blogger Chris Deweese said...

Actually I don't anymore. The original post was from Nov 05. I've now increased my drive time to 30-40 min.

 
At 9/11/2006 1:13 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I just bought a slightly used 2004 Honda Odyssey a couple of months ago and the first thing that I noticed on my drive home was the "code error." And since I did not want to rip my dash out just to get the serial number, I called the Dealer where the Van was originally purchased and they have the code stored in their service department's computer. All I had to do was go down there the next day and verify that I own the car and they wrote down the code for me in the back of the dealer's business card.

 
At 9/12/2006 2:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well, the 1 & 6 trick worked for my '02 Civic. You only have 10 tries to enter the Code correctly before the display reads ErrE. After about 30 minutes the radio will beep and Code will then be displayed. During either of these displays turn the radio off. Hold in the 1 and 6 button while powering the radio on. The serial number shows up in the display. First it will display the 1st five numbers, then the last five and its not uncommon to have letters mixed in as well. Call Honda service, give them the last 6 of your VIN# and give them the radio serial #. They'll give you the code and you're in business! Thanks for the suggestion! PM

 
At 9/19/2006 12:02 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The code should come with the user manual if you have purchased the car new. It's a plastic card or it could be a sticker which you can peel off and stick to your manual book. I had the same problem after I have to recharge my battery. I enter the wrong code and the radio locked me out. Then I found the code but the radio was still locked. Eventrually, the radio beeped about a month later asking me to enter the code which finally things worked out for me. I think this is 100% the Honda dealer's fault. They purposely wtihheld this piece of information from the buyers because they know you are going to come back for help so they can charge you. Free money to the dealership. If you can recall the facial expression on their sales reps face when they were begging you to give them the best rating on the customer feedback card, it looks so disgusting for what they have done.

 
At 9/21/2006 1:14 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

My Honda was sold to me by Spreen, the dealer near Loma Linda CA. Page 1 of the predelivery inspection was filled out in the Honda Sevice booklet delivered with car - the radio code is on that page, put there by the salesperson. I watched her do it and when I needed to "re-energize" my radio, I had the information needed.

 
At 9/27/2006 11:28 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's been almost 2 months for me without a radio. How crazy but I've been too lazy to figure out the code. I have a 2001 Honda Civic and every was working really well, until the battery died. I've checked through all my paperwork and can't find it. I guess I might have to give in and have the dealership take the radio out and find the code because my 30 - 40 minute commute each way is killing me without a radio.

 
At 10/03/2006 10:01 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well, I just about killed my husband when I read Anon's note that you get 10 tries to enter the code... By the time he got it home from the shop it already had the Err message! I guess my 45 min silent commute is the "worse" part of "for better or for worse."

 
At 10/04/2006 7:37 PM, Anonymous Laurel said...

PLEASE everyone listen to me! This has happened to me twice. I discovered a very easy and FREE way to fix your radio. Make sure your radio is OFF. Hold down the preset buttons 1 and 6 at the same time. Turn the radio on and your SERIAL NUMBER will appear. 4 numbers first and then 4 more. Write them down (obviously) then call (800) 999-1009. Make sure you have your VIN number handy because they will ask for it. They will ask for your name and approx. milage, and your radio's serial number. They will then give you your radio unlock code--WRITE IT DOWN!

 
At 10/08/2006 11:51 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Another "stupid" victim!
Handbook was stolen from 2002 Odyssey - along with radio code etc. Got the same story about taking the dash out from the dealer. Except when I made the service appointment, scheduler said it wasn't necessary to take dash out and they could do it while I waited.
Wrong, when I got to the dealer service manner politely but firmly said dash has to come out - but there was one other possibility.
He took the cover of the fuse box in the engine compartment and lo and behold there was not only the radio serial number but also the code.
So hope that works for you "stupid" honda lovers out there

 
At 10/10/2006 8:05 PM, Anonymous sabrosita said...

just replaced the battery in my 2002 accord, which was stolen, too, and everything along with the manual was cleaned out. where is this fuse box located in the engine?

 
At 10/10/2006 8:21 PM, Anonymous sabrosita said...

located my fuse box and, lo and behold, no numbers of any kind.

 
At 10/12/2006 3:50 PM, Blogger Binary Rock said...

Hello all. I had the same problem and searched all over the internet for information on how to avoid the $94 the dealer wanted to charge me. I figured it out and created a blog just to tell the world about it. Basically, I opened up the dash myself b/c my S/N wasn't in any of the places it should have been. Very, very easy. Check it out at binaryrock.blogspot.com

 
At 10/12/2006 8:47 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have a Honda Accord and the fuel tank opens by pushing a lever beside the drivers seat down. Well guess what it is not working and i can not get the fuel tank open to put gas in. I use to have a auroa oldsmoble and the samething happened and it had a lever in the trunk you could pull to open the tank but i can not find one on this Honda. Does anyone know how else you can open the fuel tank?

 
At 10/12/2006 9:58 PM, Anonymous Bear in Bethesda said...

My clever Japanese traveling car repairman says he avoids the whole problem of the serial number by using a device that is basically a second battery with some connectors. To swap a new battery for an old one, he first connects the auxiliary battery to the cables or the radio so that when he disconnects the old battery the radio is still connected to power and never knows that the battery was changed.

 
At 10/16/2006 1:49 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

After nearly cussing out my dealership but only hanging up on them because they wouldn't help me, it dawned on me where my codes were. I had seperated my codes from my car records (duh) and here's what it looks like in case this helps jog your memory if you did the same as I did. I blamed them for not providing me with the codes but alas, they did. LOL

It's a small plastic ziploc type bag with a white card inside that has HONDA Anti-Theft Radio Identification Card and a space for you to stick the code number and radio serial number stickers that are included on a seperate little piece of peel away sticker paper.
The codes are repeated twice in order for you to stick one on the card and maybe put one somewhere else inside your card like under the cup holder. Also you'll have a single sticker that is your serial number for your radio that you can place in your car also.

Good Luck everyone

 
At 10/17/2006 6:10 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

After reading your comments, I looked in the glove compartment of my 02 Odyssey (bought used from an Acura dealer), and lo and behold, a white sticker with the code was present on the top surface of the glove compartment, and it worked!

 
At 10/18/2006 11:50 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks so much for the ideas. We have a 2001 Honda Accord. The code for the radio was in the glove compartment. However, there were two sets of numbers on the sticker. The top number worked. Before I used the glove compartment number, I tried pressing the 1 and 6 combination several times. That only pushed the security system to give me the ugly:Err message. But, even after the Eff message came up, the glove compartment top number worked. My husband had changed the battery and hated not having the radio work. I just tried to get it working in time for a long trip he's making in the morning. This should give me a couple of positive points! Thanks again

 
At 11/07/2006 12:48 PM, Anonymous SAM--FOR Laurel said...

i CALLED THAT # , BUT THEY ASKED FOR 20$ PROVIDED THAT I SHOULD KNOW THE S/N AND GIVE IT TO THEM ! SO IT IS NOT FREE ...BY THE WAY ..WHO ARE THEY ??

 
At 11/16/2006 2:34 AM, Anonymous misstasty said...

My '99 Civic EX stereo is locked from a battery change done by the previous owner. I found a number on a white sticker in the glove box(letters and numbers) but I'm not sure if it's a serial number or just some other random number. How many digits is the serial number? & how many digits is the code?

 
At 11/16/2006 7:10 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

no way...same thing here but it's been 2 days no music or clock..im going insane..im surely not paying 80 dollars to use my own stereo..this really sucks

 
At 11/19/2006 3:26 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

If you people would read the posts and the helpful comments of others, you would find the serial number of your radio. All you need to do then is call your dealership and they will be more than happy to give you the number.
TURN YOUR RADIO OFF. PRESS BUTTONS ONE AND SIX, WHILE HOLDING THESE BUTTONS TURN ON YOUR RAIDO. THE SERIAL NUMBER WILL SHOW UP, 4 LETTERS/NUMBERS AT A TIME. THERE ARE 8 CHARACTERS IN A SERIAL NUMBER.

 
At 11/19/2006 9:40 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I found this site and was going through the same scenario, no help from dealer and no card in glove box. I cleared the screen(I was already maxed out on tries), but after i cleared it out, I found my code on a sticker on the left side of the dash cup holder on my Odyssey van. I hope this helps others out there.

 
At 11/20/2006 8:59 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Guys,
Had the same problem and firstly was surprised to find a thread with people having exactly same problem. The dealer had sent a card with audio "CODE" when I bought my accord, but that didn't work. I did what luarel and others recommended:

Make sure your radio is OFF. Hold down the preset buttons 1 and 6 at the same time. Turn the radio on and your SERIAL NUMBER will appear. 4 numbers first and then 4 more (there may be a U before the first 4 and L after the next). Write them down (obviously) then call (800) 999-1009 (American Honda). Tell them what you want, and they will ask for your VIN number,name and approx. milage, current address and your radio's serial number. They will then give you your radio unlock code!!! And they advised in case it doesn't work, the dealer from whom I bought the car should be able to help.

 
At 11/27/2006 3:10 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

all i had to do was turn the radio off. press the 1 and the 6 at the same time. then letters and numbers will come up and then it will change to another set. for example: U1234 L5678
write down all the numbers and call Honda. they will give you the 5 digit code you need. since i pressed numbers and didnt know the code my dad just had to disconnect the battery wait a minute and reconnect it. that resets everything and then enter in the code they give you. it worked for me. not saying it works for all models but its worth a try. if numbers come up on th screen when you press the 1 and 6 it should work. i did not want to

 
At 12/01/2006 1:57 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Another Victim of Honda. I bought a used Honda Accord 1993 and don't have any papers..Previous owner didn't gave to me. I am with NO Radio working from last two months. Will 1 & 6 trick work with 1993 honda accord?

 
At 12/06/2006 1:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have a 94 Accord but I'm almost certain it has only 5 presets. I could be wrong, I've only been driving it for 7.5 yrs :) Anyway, luckily the previous owner left the unlock card and stickers in the glove box. FYI, often the first step in many repairs (alternator, starter, etc) is to disconnect the negative battery terminal. I've seen 9V adapters you can plug into your cigarette lighter socket to prevent memory loss and/or radio locking.

 
At 12/08/2006 3:24 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

If you go to www.ahm-ownerlink.com and register yourself as a Honda owner, using the VIN, all your original car data will show up, including your Radio code.

 
At 12/08/2006 1:20 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

wow i really should've read this before i did ne thing...my radio showed the error and i just kept inputing numbers intill now its say "code error" with no number after my tenth try...i just found my code number..but how do i input it?

 
At 12/11/2006 3:37 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

This site totally saved me a c-note. I followed all the instructions from posters and now my audio is back in business with a new battery to boot. For the previous poster....I think after 10 incorrect tries, you have to wait an hour....Good luck to all...

 
At 12/11/2006 9:15 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have a 2000 Honda CRV, replaced the battery and needed the radio code. I have the code but the radio says " code err-3". Nothing happened when i push buttons so my questions is: how do I enter the code to get the radio working agin?
thanks in advance to any that can help me!

 
At 12/12/2006 10:42 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I own a 2001 Accord, and I was also surprised that my CD player wasn't working after having changed my alternator last night. I had a hard time popping up the dash, but after a little pressure, it moved up just enough for me to see the handwritten code on the top of the CD player. I just think it's funny/weird that there's no universal place that these codes are stored in the vehicle. Come to think of it, this is very thief-friendly, as the thief won't need to look far -- the code is written on the unit itself!

 
At 12/12/2006 7:31 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

so what do you do when you got up to eRR? my roomate helped me disconnect my radio so i can get the serial number and ref number. do i have to disconnect and reconnect the battery too?

 
At 12/13/2006 10:37 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Turn the radio and hold down 1 & 6 while you turn the radio back on and the serial number will come up 4 digits at a time. With the serial number you can get the code for free.

 
At 12/16/2006 7:03 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

1. if your player says COdE, you will need a five digit number for honda vans.

2. look under the ashtray, in the glove box and on the doors.

3. if you get Err--disconnect battery and try the code you find.

 
At 12/18/2006 12:21 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

folks, i just replaced my stock radio and trying to sell it. I also just replaced the battery while I still had the stock radio and it didn't give me that CODE message, does this mean that my stock radio is unlocked? want to know so I can tell any potential buyers.
thanks.
- Sam

 
At 12/20/2006 12:36 PM, Anonymous david miller. said...

here it is, a year later [well, shy by only two days] and i'm benefitting from the information here. thanks everyone. i tried the "pressing the 1 and 6 trick" and called the 800 number, gave them the readout on my cd player screen, and within 5 minutes my cd player was back up and running.

all that said...

chris, this is skater dave. i was searching for a solution and randomly came upon this page and lo and behold it just happened to be your blog. hilarious.

congratulations on the baby my friend. i was told just the other day [i realize now that it's been a number of months].

 
At 12/20/2006 6:53 PM, Blogger Chris Deweese said...

Dave!!! That is so crazy man. Small world off and online.

Thanks, everything is going good. We've got a house now, we're in the phone book if you ever want to call.

This post still gets lots of comments. Too bad I bought a new radio, actually not, my new one plays MP3 formatted discs :)

 
At 12/22/2006 8:23 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow, borrowing my sister's 98 Integra, and she changed the battery for me. I needed to hook up my new Sirius radio through the FM tuner, but I needed the code. Thanks to y'all, I found it on the back of the ashtray. WooHoo!!!

 
At 12/26/2006 2:04 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you so much. surfed in, we bought my son a 2000 Honda Accord and was told it needed a new battery, well - as everyone experienced, no radio, we finally found the code in the car in the glove compartment, at about the same time I was about to go out and either get him a new radio or sirrus(?) he got an ipod from us for Christmas and he wanted to hook it up. Thank you all above (and probably below someday) for your help.

 
At 12/27/2006 4:05 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

We bought a used 2001 Honda Odyssey from an individual back in the spring of 2005. The seller said he didn't have any of the manuals or paperwork because he wasn't the original owner...got it from his brother-in-law or some other story.

Anyway, we bought a new owners manual from Honda and thought we were all set. All was well until I got a flat tire last month. I took the car in for a full set of new tires (they were all pretty bald) and an oil change. When I picked up the van from the mechanic, I discovered the radio was locked! I'm still trying to figure out why the battery had to be disconnected for an oil change and new tires...

Anyway, because I had correctly guessed the code for the navigation system, I thought I would be able to do the same with the radio. Not a chance! After 10 tries I got the "Code ErrE" message and have been without a sound system for the past month.

Of course, I tried calling the original dealership (Hugh White Honda in Columbus, Ohio) for the code and was told that it would cost $87 for them to pull the radio out of the console to get the serial number. Sound familiar???

Today, after reading the postings above, I tried the 1 & 6 combo. No luck! I'm hoping that if I pull the radio fuse it will reset the code system so that I can try again. Wish me luck.

I also looked for a white sticker with 8 digits as suggested by some of the other posts. I found two stickers in the glove compartment. One has 4 digits. The other has 9 characters: a letter followed by 8 numbers. That might be it, but the last two digits are scuffed to the point of being entirely illegible. Might be a "57" but could be a "61" who can say?

Long story short, I'm just a little miffed at Honda. Clearly this "anti-theft" system was simply intended as a "revenue generating" system for their dealers.

 
At 12/28/2006 3:06 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

did the 1 and 6 thing called 800 number 2003 honda civic and bingo thanks for the heads up

 
At 12/29/2006 2:36 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Called my dealer and in 30 seconds he gave me my code for free...

Easy as pie.

Elliott

 
At 12/30/2006 2:14 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm pretty disgusted to see that so many "men" on here can't pull a radio. It deons't take a genius guys.

I bought a '99 Accord EX yesterday and disconnected my battery today to clean the positive terminal. Well, like everyone else my radio went into anti-theft mode and sure enough I have no code. However, getting the serial number took all of a minute and a half by taking out two screws on the trim panel lifting it up and reading the serial number off the top. I didn't even have to pull the radio. Although if I had there would have been 4 more screws and a wiring harness to disconnect. So, basically if you take you car somewhere to have them find your serial number, you should be ashamed

 
At 1/03/2007 3:31 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks for the help! I used the 1& 6 method, got the serial # called the 800 number. All Honda requires is proof of ownership and some form of I.D. They give you a fax number to send the info to. Then you give them a number and email address and they call you with the code. No costs. If I was an individual that went to a Honda dealer and paid the $$$, I would contact a Honda manufacturer rep and get my money back!!!

 
At 1/03/2007 11:21 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I had this problem with my 2003 Civic after having an iPod car kit installed. After reading this page I went and looked around in my car for a code-sticker hiding someplace... sure enough, I found it stuck inside on the side of the glovebox... entered the code, stereo works great!

Thanks for the great resource here!

 
At 1/07/2007 3:02 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

i just found this website while trying to find directions on how to take my dashboard apart to get to the serial number. my car is a '94 and that website didn't have my code, nor did the dealer, so i have to take it out. can someone tell me where to even start? i told my boyfriend he should do it, but he's pretty lazy. and i've had my car (a hand me down) for about a year now....i've never even heard music playing in it. i'd like to, just unsure of where to start. do i somehow remove that plastic thing that is like a tray and some screws will appear???

 
At 1/07/2007 3:02 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

My 2000 Accord EX did not take the 1-6 reset technique. I had to remove the radio to get the SN#.

Took me 10mins.

This link was very helpful.

http://www.willmanselectronics.com/index.htm

 
At 1/10/2007 2:28 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

1&6 trick to get the serial number and call (800) 999-1009 worked for me. It only took 5 minutes for them to verify all the details and got my code. Thank you guys for this page...

 
At 1/10/2007 5:24 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I almost came across this site a little too late. My car is at the dealer right now waiting for them to pull the radio to get the serial number and then call in for the code. After reading these posts and being armed with a lot more information, I called and told them they dare not charge me for this, and they agreed. Thanks.

 
At 1/12/2007 5:14 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

so my 2001 honda civic battery died this morning, and i get these codes on my radio/cd dash (and of course no clock) .... so am i understanding that this happens everytime a battery dies? i havnt tried the fix yet... this whole process seems like a headache. i wish there was a way it could be changed..

 
At 1/13/2007 11:52 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

i dont know about most of you, but ive been unlocking radios for a very long time, all cars stereos with anti-theft have a reset inside the radio, its tedious work but very easy to do. , and of course the dealer will not give you the codes when you buy the car most of the time, its their way of making money. Im not saying its right. but why do you think they made 3 and 5 yr. batteries. anyway, there are several sites that will unlock your radios for less than 20.00. and you can but unlocking codes for every make and model vehicle on this planet, for less than 10.00.. try ebay...lol.. they are selling like hotcakes...sorry you all are having so many problems... hope you all find what you need.

 
At 1/14/2007 4:06 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Battery died on 2000 Odysey and radio said CODE. After reading over all the comments here, I tried the holding buttons 1 and 6 while turning the radio on, but this doesn't work on my radio. I looked everywhere for stickers and found the radio serial number on a sticker right in the glove box. It starts with "M". Then I decided to just pull all of the accumulated junk out of the glove box and there it was. A credit card sized piece of plastic that says "Honda Anti-Theft Identification Card". The radio serial number and the five digit CODE that I was looking for. I entered this CODE into the radio preset buttons and the radio now works!

 
At 1/15/2007 7:47 PM, Anonymous Finster said...

2001 Civic, battery died, Radio now wants code. Did 1 & 6 trick to get serial#. Called American Honda (800-999-1009). They asked for VIN, name address, & serial#. Gave me a code that did not work. Called back. Got a different code that did work. Apparently, there can be 3 or 4 possible codes, so make sure to get all the possible codes or have to make another call. Thanks to whoever posted this original information. Greatly appreciated.

 
At 1/17/2007 1:10 AM, Anonymous Ready to Sign a Petition said...

I will seriously sell my body to medical science before it expires if Honda would do us this one common justice of ending the anti-get-my-own-radio-to-play-for-100+$ money whoring scheme. If Honda were my child i'd slap them silly for this. If Honda were my Mother or Father i'd bite the hand that feeds. What gives Honda? Forward thinking my ass in this area. Take a good hard look and change this before the Honda owners of the world unite and take over.

 
At 1/19/2007 9:17 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Everyone keeps talking about removing the radios, getting serial numbers then calling the dealers... There's a post back on 12/8 that refers to a website where you enter your car's VIN and you get all your codes. Now I know a permanent place that holds my radio and gps navigation system codes for my Odyssey. Website says Honda/Acura... www.ahm-ownerlink.com

 
At 1/20/2007 6:40 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I found my radio code to my 99 civc in the side Counsel

 
At 1/23/2007 5:21 PM, Blogger days in Korea said...

I have the same problem, but one more problem with the 1+6 trick. I have a Navigation System on my 05' Accord, and no numbers........any ideas?

 
At 1/26/2007 4:36 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

A new twist on this ridiculous issue. Pulled the dash cover off (3 screws after pulling the clock out) to get a look at the top of the audio unit. Retrieved 2 'serial numbers'; one stamped into the metal, another on a sticker. The one in the metal resulted in a CodE from Honda America (800-999-1009), but it didn't work when I entered it. They've opened a 'Case' and are suppose to get back.

 
At 1/26/2007 4:45 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The www.ahm-ownerlink.com website will not provide the serial number or the radio access code.

 
At 1/29/2007 9:19 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I took off the panel, got the serial that was inscribed into the top of the radio, and then got the code from the dealer. When I entered it, it made the long beep that it should make, but it did not turn on the radio. It just continues to display CODE. The dealer told me to reset it by taking the black (negative) cable off of the battery for a few minutes. I tried that, several times. Even tried waiting 20 min. before connecting the cable back up to the battery. Any advice?

 
At 1/30/2007 8:56 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks for this info on the blog entry that will not die! This evening my hubby disconnected the battery to change a headlight on an 03 Accord in order to road trip early in the morning. Of course it coded on him---thanks to you we were able to get the radio up and running after reading through all the comments on this thread.

 
At 2/02/2007 5:09 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

PRESSING THE 1 - 6 ON 2000 MODELS *DOES NOT WORK* THANK GOD I FOUND THE CARD THAT THE DEALER GAVE ME - HOWEVER ONE THING I DID CONFIRM IS THAT THE SERIAL NUMBER IS LOCATED ON A STICKER IN THE GLOVE COMPARTMENT. SO IF THATS ALL IT REQUIRES TO PROVIDE THE DEALERSHIP TO GET THE PROPER CODE - IT'S NOTHING. I WAS FEELING EVERYONES PAIN THAT COMMENTED ON THIS TOPIC THANKS TO THE ORIGINATOR OF THIS POST AND HOPEFULLY MY FEEDBACK CAN HELP SOMEONE THAT WAS PISSED OFF LIKE ME CUZ THEY HAD TO ROLL ONE TO MANY DAYS WITH OUT MUSIC!!! - PEACE YA'LL

COFFEEHOUSE MULTIMEDIA

 
At 2/02/2007 3:16 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

In response to all the "1 and 6 doesnt work!"... I thought that about my 2002 civic after the battery died... I tried pressing 1 and 6 in every possible combination and lengths of holding it down. YOU HAVE TO HAVE THE RADIO OFF, THEN press and hold 1 and 6 WHILE YOU TURN THE RADIO ON. The cerial number of the radio will come up. It will most likely be numbers and letters, 10 digits long. Hope this helps, because not having music in the car is something no one should have to do.. Thanks all you guys who posted stuff earlier, helped me out a lot.

--PEACE

 
At 2/03/2007 12:47 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I really feel bad for all of you and really I understand not wanting to give out "free" info to anyone who hasn't gone through what you have had to go through in trying to retreive the radio codes..personaly you don't lose or gain anything in giving up the codes so I wonder....if all of these people have got the codes...PLEASE post them for others to use!
Since everyone needs a "Honda" code maybe someone could benefit
Just a thought
It would be the friendly thing to do...and good carma for yourself!

 
At 2/05/2007 12:49 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

oh my gosh, this whole code thing is so stupid..I am having the same issue..I just changed my battery, and now I'm without a CD and Radio..I cant locate the code, and dealer couldnt help me with it too..now what? I am so pissed off....

 
At 2/07/2007 11:59 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I just replaced my battery in my 2000 Civic Si. Per previous posts, I tried holding down 1 & 6 and then turning on the radio and it does NOT give the serial number. I called the dealer where I bought the car and a service rep told me that there is a sticker under the fuse box cover (next to the battery). I'm back in business.
Instead of waiting for an hour after inputting the wrong code 10 times, just disconnect the battery again.
One of the posts also recommended ahm-ownerlink.com. I tried there, but I hadn't input my radio code. It's there now though.

 
At 2/08/2007 11:43 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

My Honda dealer records the serial number at time of purchase. I just called and all I need to do is drive in and it will take them 2 minutes they said.

 
At 2/09/2007 6:12 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

PLEASE DON'T PAY SOMEONE TO FIX THIS PROBLEM. I just called the 1-800 number everyone has posted and they walked me through it for free. It took 4 mintues and my radio worked again.

 
At 2/10/2007 12:16 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

thanks for everyone's comments, but I didn't have to call anybody or do the 1-6 trick.

Turns out, my S/N and 5 digit code was on a sticker inside the glove box!

 
At 2/13/2007 12:51 AM, Anonymous WMS Wickramanayake said...

This is the FIX.

There is a small gadget that can be plugged into the cigarette lighter before disconnecting the cables of your car battery. This small 9V back up device keeps the memory of your car intact during battery replace. You can buy this gadget for $5 at your local hardware store. Please, ask your local auto parts dealer about details and read instruction sheet which comes with this gadget carefully. The whole procedure will not take more than 30 minutes including the battery replace.

 
At 2/13/2007 1:39 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

ok, I had the same problem with 2001 Oddessey, changed battery and CODE comes up. I am in Massachusetts and the closest dealer to me is Weymouth Honda, we called them and they wanted to charge us 40.00 if we had the serial number, 80.00 if we did not. Thet said the only way was to get the serial number off the back of the radio, nothing was mentioned about any stickers placed on various parts of the van.so, while i was still trying to figure this thing out my wife called Hyannis Honda in Massachusetts and was getting excellent service from the girl on the phone, while i was back in the van looking for numbers I found a sticker in the glove box which turns out to be the stickered serial number of the radio, when i came back in the house my wife said the girl at Hyannis Honda was going to get us the code as long as we had the vin number and would come down with our picture id and proof of ownership, I read off the number from the sticker to my wife who then read it off to the girl and voila...the 5 digit code was given to us. Hyannis honda is probably 3 times the ride than Weymouth honda but we will NEVER go back to Weymouth Honda ever again for any reason.Weymouth Honda in Massachusetts absolutely SUCKS.

 
At 2/14/2007 7:57 PM, Anonymous Mitch said...

If you have a Honda or Acura and need your radio code...please send me a email MITCH351@HOTMAIL.COM to get assistance...it will only cost you $14.95...all you need is your

1. Vin #
2. Reference number on top of radio/stereo
3. Serial number for radio

 
At 2/14/2007 8:12 PM, Blogger Chris Deweese said...

After 87 comments with some great info on how to get your code for free...if they are at the point where they have the radio out they can just call the dealer and skip the 14.95...seriously Mitch, what is up with that?

 
At 2/16/2007 5:56 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

well, im about done with this whole thing. i read all of these comments and tryed all the suggestions. in the end, they gave me two codes at the dealership and none worked. they guy said "i would go get an after market radio". Thanks Honda. You're a real pal!

 
At 2/21/2007 10:58 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks everyone for the excellent advice! My husband's 2001 Civic recently got a new battery, and we were surprised when the radio wouldn't work. Of course we couldn't find any radio code with the original paperwork even though we saved everything. The dealer told my husband that they would have to remove the radio to get the serial number off it, and my husband wasn't willing to pay them for that ridiculous waste of money. After reading your blog, I got the radio serial number by pressing 1 and 6 while powering on the radio. Then I called Honda's 800 number with the radio serial number, our VIN, name and address and they gave us the radio code. We inputted the code and the radio is working once again. My husband now thinks I am the greatest. Thanks again!!! - jen

 
At 2/22/2007 8:52 PM, Anonymous Dave said...

Wouldn't it be nice if things worked the way people on the Internet say they do...

Replaced (factory) battery on my 2000 Accord EX this week, resulting in the dreaded CodE... Found this thread while researching solutions.

Tried the 1-6 trick, but no joy.

Pulled out the radio (per instructions from somewhere -- an easy 10-minute job requiring a flat-bladed and a philips screwdriver) to get the serial number from the bottom of the radio, but didn't find the code recorded anywhere in there.

Then found the same number printed inside the glove box, as suggested in a number of places: it is not an 8-digit number, as reported here and there...

Note to a prior poster: If you resort to gauging manliness by whether someone can perform a menial task, is it perhaps your own manliness that you are questioning?

 
At 2/22/2007 9:31 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey, the previous poster said that ahm-ownerlink.com could give you radio code. This is absolutely false.

 
At 2/22/2007 9:43 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey, could someone post an instruction on how to remove the radio system to find the serial #? I had a 2003 Honda Odyssey. The "1 + 6" trice does not work (I read another post. It says this trick does not work for most 2001 and later model). I also tried ahm-ownerlink.com. It does not give you radio code. Instead, it ask you to save your radio code there.

 
At 2/23/2007 8:04 AM, Blogger rogsmech said...

Misery must love company beacuse it's a pleasure to read about people experiencing the same problem I'm currently experiencing. I live 33 miles from my job. I managed to make it to and from work two days before switching from my 99 Accord to my 2000 Odyssey. I thorught I was too cool to travel in a mini van, but I'd much rather have a radio than look cool. I try the 1 and 6 method and hope my battery in the van never go dead.

 
At 2/23/2007 5:48 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Music returns to my life...

Removed the radio (easy, following directions to get the serial number, took it and the VIN to my local Honda dealer, they fixed me up with the code in minutes.

PS: I called Honda Service at (800) 999-1009 and they would not give me the code unless I faxed them a copy of my driver's license. If you live near a Honda dealer, that's probably your best bet. Oh, and the dealer won't do it over the phone, only in person. They didn't even ask to see my ID. Your mileage may vary.

 
At 2/25/2007 10:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

i also have a honda crv 2002 my battery went dead so i bought another not from honda after i put it in my radio didnt work that was a week ago after searching under the fuse panels and in the glove box i finally found my card with the code it was 65151 pretty difficult to turn my own radio back on just a way 4 them to make more money off us i hope this helps someone ps unhook your battery first to reset

 
At 2/27/2007 3:32 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just wanted to thank the poster from 2/07/2007 11:59 AM found my 5 digit code and 10 digit serial number under the fuse box lid thats beside the battery.

Thank you!

 
At 2/28/2007 9:21 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank u all for your time, I have my stereo with the red light anti theft blinking, never asked for the code, I have the card ! I had disconnect the battery for more than an hour, but still red light flushing, no code no 1&6 buttoms seems to work, any suggestion please

Thanks in advance

Tate

 
At 3/01/2007 1:40 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I just bought a 01 Civic and had the same problem, the errorcode, blinking light and all. Again I needed the serial number. I found it was fairly easy to find in the bottom of the radio. If you model has the handy cd holder under the radio itself as mine does theres an easy way to check the serial. with a flat screwdriver carefully bend the space between the stereo and the holder until you can see into the cavity. the sticker should be right there with big ol numbers on it.you need a flashlight too. then call er in!! Cheers

 
At 3/01/2007 11:24 PM, Anonymous lolly said...

WOOT-WOOT! I'm SOOOO glad I came across this blog! After reading the comments, I checked my fuse box (beside the battery) and there was my code 11341, Yay! Thanks for the help!

Oh, and that website ahm-ownerlink.com or whatever only stores the radio code after you've entered it, so good for future reference, but not so much if you don't have the code to begin with!!

 
At 3/02/2007 6:51 PM, Blogger Bville01 said...

I have the five number code, but when the "code" is being displayed, I can't seem to actually enter the code. Is there some trick to actually entering the code. I'm on err7 and getting worried I'll get to err10!

 
At 3/02/2007 6:53 PM, Blogger Bville01 said...

Different dumb problem. I have the five number code, but how do I enter it. When "code" is on, it won't let me enter the code. I'm on err7 and getting worried about getting to err10!

 
At 3/02/2007 7:11 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I just used the 1 & 6 trick for my '02 Accord. Got the serial number and called 800 number for American Honda. I had to give VIN, Name, Address, and phone number. Lady gave me the code and it worked. Thanks for the tip.

 
At 3/02/2007 7:13 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

For bville01. I got to err7 also before the code would take. I shut the radio off after err7 and then entered the code. Good luck.

 
At 3/02/2007 7:37 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ditto. We have the Honda Accord EX 2004 w/Navigation. The regular fixes do not work. You need a 4 digit code on the anti theft radio card. unfortunately Honda gave us the wrong card with the wrong numbers on it. We called Honda 800 number and they were no help whatsoever and only wasted out time to come up 30 minutes later with "Take it to the Dealership" as their close the call response. Teh answer is to look in your glove box on a white tag/sticker. There are 2 numbers on the tag. Use your head and enter the number with 4 digits and you will almost have your problem resolved. All that needs to be done now is to back the car out of the garage into the open and leave the engine runnibg for at least 10 minutes so the GPS can get a good fix on the satelite and sync up to your navigation system.

Good job Honda. Take the car to the dealership, waste 3-4 hours of yor time while they look in the glove box and get the number code to enter and charge you $80.00 labor. There is a zero percent chance this is not by design to rip off the owners of Hondas and line the pocket of the dealership....like they need more...

 
At 3/03/2007 11:53 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

1994 accord
The 1 and 6 did not work for me.
Looked in all the spots mentioned. Found the sticker inside the fusebox
It works!!

 
At 3/06/2007 12:35 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

So check this out.

From what I learned you have to do the 1 and 6 trick when "code" is on the screen. but I dont have "code" anymore because it says err4. and as soon as i press any of the numbers, it starts entering it. How do i go back to "code" . also where the fusebox on accords. : )

 
At 3/07/2007 5:02 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

dear all
I have a cr-v 2002 with the radio serial where can i find the code i don,t have the code and I have no dealer in my country... please help

 
At 3/08/2007 6:33 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

ok i have a 95 civic EX... got code. and the 5 digit number printed on a white sticker on page 71 of my book looks like the code. under it is a longer number and letters..... nothing works. no 1-6 trick, nada! Do i need to disco the battery again? The fuse box under the hood is empty, ashtray clean, rear speakers alone. Does anyone have any ideas???? meyedk@bellsouth.net

 
At 3/12/2007 11:14 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Okay, so a friend of mine who used to work from Honda gave me this method of getting the serial number of the deck without having to take it out.
first try this:

1. car is off
2. put key in and dont turn
3. hold down the 1 & 6 button
4. Turn the key as if u want to listen to the radio so it supplies the power and turn the radio on while holding the 1 & 6 button.
5. write down the serial number on the radio display and call the dealer and give them that number to get the radio code

If that doesnt work.. try it again but hold down the 2 & 6 button... its one of the combinations

I am going to call Honda tomorrow and ask for my code.
they better give it to me!!!

 
At 3/19/2007 2:26 PM, Anonymous Atiba said...

Everybody, listen. I had the same problem for the past three days. Decided to take someone's advise on these boards and called american Honda at their toll free no. 1-800-999-1009. They were very glad to help.

Gave them my VIN number and radio serial number which I found on a sticker inside my department on the left hand side. They gave me my five digit code for no cost. Radios working again. This all took about 5-6 minuets.

By the way, on some Hondas, they said you may also find the code inside the glove department along with the serial number.

 
At 3/21/2007 10:04 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I've found my code in the glove box. What I don't know is what to do next... I really need my music back.

 
At 3/23/2007 6:02 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I had pretty much given up about 4 years ago with my 2000 Honda civic - yes I said 4 years! Needless to say I have reached a zen-driving-like state matched by no other - at least 2 of those years was spent driving just over an hour (both ways) to work. All without a sound.

So, just lately I reached a level of financial security where I was considering installing a new radio (from Wal Mart of course), then I thought, why not give it one last good try with the code nonsense.

With the help of this blog, I found what I suspected was the "CODE" secretly hidden inside the fuse box lid INSIDE the car - this lid fell off about 4 years ago and will not stay in place so it has been riding in the space beyond the cup holders ever since. So I had the code - what now? Nothing happened when I typed in the secret code. My wife suggested I unhoook the battery (which requires unhooking BOTH cables), wait for a minute, and hook it back up.

When we turned on the swith, "CODE" appeared, we punched in the 5 DIGIT code and I was almost overcome with joy at the sound of wonderful FM static. 4 years of my driving life tune-less while the answer was just behind my morning tea.

 
At 3/24/2007 2:59 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks for this blog and especially for the comment by Chris that the magic 5-digit code might be under the ashtray. That's where I found it for my '89 Civic DX. Radio's back on after a couple of weeks of silence.

 
At 3/25/2007 3:12 PM, Anonymous Erich R. said...

Thanks for all the info! I found my code under the fusr box cover in the engine. Typed it in, and now I am back in action. ^_^

 
At 3/25/2007 8:46 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

just, to say when this happened to my 02 accord all they did was push some button on my stereo and the serial number was reveled without opening anything up at all

 
At 3/25/2007 11:40 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am so happy I found this site.
Been without traffic reports and tunes for a week. I have entered my code a number of times with NO luck. And tomorrow I will disconnect the battery..both cables and wait to see if it resets the mechanism. I almost can't wait to go to work on a Monday morning. Good luck to everyone ! 1994 Accord and still have the code card.

 
At 3/27/2007 3:31 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I really was at wits end with the 2003 CR-V I just purchased.
Thanks to blogs like this, my problems disappeared. Thanks to all

 
At 3/28/2007 2:34 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks for the tips to search the car for the sticker! Our's was on the inside door of the fuse box. Wish I had read it earlier - so GLAD to have my radio back. 2001 Honda Odyssee owner.

 
At 4/05/2007 1:28 AM, Blogger abra said...

ok.. same thing just happened to my '02 accord. battery was disconnected. and now I need a code. When I bought the car I was not informed of this nor did they give me any codes for anything. I am so frustrated and the dealership isnt being helpful at all. I want my music back

 
At 4/08/2007 1:33 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

If you hold down the 1 and 6 buttons it will tell you the radio serial number. No need to take apart your dash!

 
At 4/08/2007 10:37 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I just about freaked out this morning when I decided to clean my battery posts and when reconnecting the code came on my 2004 Honda Civic radio. Well, when I purchased my car from CARMAX, they didn't give me a owners manual, go and buy one and we will reimburse you, yeah right, never happened! After finding this blog, I opened my glove compartment and found a number on the side, 5 or six numbers, I punched it in and wal-la, it works! Just a little
FYI.

 
At 4/11/2007 8:03 PM, Anonymous Wanted to kick my stereo said...

It was very funny reading everyones comments. I called the 800 number listed on this site for my anti-theft code for my 2000 Honda CR-V. I had to give the (very nice) woman on the phone a code that was in my glove compartment. She asked me my VIN and milage. She alse confirmed my mailing address. I was told to disconnect my battery for a few minutes and to punch in the code she gave me in 1/2 hour. My radio is now up and running. Thank you all who posted the 800 number. It did not cost me anything--but a three minute phone call.

 
At 4/14/2007 8:58 AM, Blogger michelle said...

PLEASE HELP ME GET THE RADIO OUT OF MY 1993 HONDA ACCORD.
I HAVE UNDONE ALL THE SCREWS I CAN FIND BUT IT IS SOLID AS A ROCK, ANY IDEAS THAT DON'T INVOLVE MONEY?!?

 
At 4/23/2007 12:13 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

if it wasn't for this blog, i would've needlessly spent a few hundred $$$ on a new stereo for my 1994 accord!!! i had just replaced the battery in my car and knew all about the code needed in order for my stereo to work. after the battery replacement, i punched the code in and nothing happened. i tried countless more times and again, nothing!!! i asked one dealer and they told me it would cost $90 just to look at it. i brought in to another dealer and the service guy punches in the code a a few times, pulls the relevant fuses, and still nothing. his suggestion was to just to replace the stereo! so, i was all ready to replace it until i read this blog yesterday. i tried the suggestion of taking the cable off the negative terminal on the battery and putting it back on. pulled the fuses out and put them back in to try that too. well, after doing all that, i punched in the code, and VOILA!!! my stereo now works!!!! i couldn't be happier. no more driving in silence! thanks again for this blog!

 
At 4/23/2007 7:47 AM, Anonymous Jay E., NYC said...

This didnt happen to me but it did to a friend of mine and I saw how frustrated he was that he couldnt get the code. He called the dealership in NYC and they wanted to charge too much money for the code. So, all he did was call the dealership in Connecticut. Fax over the proof of ownership and a phone # and he said they called him back within 15 min or so...Free of charge.... good luck to all.

 
At 4/23/2007 10:51 AM, Blogger michele.eykelhoff said...

SAME PROBLEM but...
held the #1 & #6 radio buttons at the same time while turning on the radio power. got the codes. called honda. the code they gave us didn't work, we locked ourselves out after 10 tries. WE HAD TO PULL THE BACK-UP FUSE in the fuse box under the hood next to the battery (look on cover of fuse box for correct fuse), leave it out 30 sec. Then we entered the CODE AGAIN. YEAHHHHHH it worked. so...a combination of all tricks worked. Music sweet music!

 
At 4/24/2007 8:19 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Tried the 1/6 and 2/6 to get the serial number but only see C 1 on the display. I have a 98 CRV. Any other suggestions before I take out the hammer?

 
At 4/28/2007 6:46 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

THE CODE IS UNDER THE FUSE BOX NEXT TO THE BATTERY, IS UNDER THE COVER Just remove it and put the code on the radio. AT least on my 99 civic EX

 
At 5/03/2007 6:07 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just changed the battery in my 04 Honda Accord- had the radio replaced a few months ago by Honda for the radio defect....couldnt find the new code, so called 18009991009, national honda line. told them about the radio problem. after verifying vin, name, and phone number, they told me to turn the car on, put in the two position, and push the 1 and 6 and the on button. we tried a few times, err1 came up a few times. we tried again and go the u number and the l number. she gave me the code, tried it and it didnt work- turned the car off and turned it on, two position and tried code again- this time it worked! radio is up and running :) the person who helped me was real friendly and patient! gotta love honda!

 
At 5/05/2007 12:45 AM, Blogger Henny said...

On my 2001 Honda Accord I found the 5 digit code on a factory sticker in the glove box.

 
At 5/05/2007 12:47 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

On my 2001 Honda Accord I found the 5 digit code on a factory sticker in the glove box.

 
At 5/10/2007 3:27 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am among the unlucky. No cards in my manual or glove box. I have a '96 Acura. They didn't start putting the code stickers in until 1998 (but that didn't prevent me from looking everywhere in desperation). The 1-6 thing doesn't work either. I will buy a new stereo before I give a dime to Honda/Acura to turn on my own stereo. I can't figure out how to get my dash off - I'm awful at car stuff. I am very bitter, but also very grateful to the person who started this two years ago - I may never get my stereo to work but at least I know I'm not the only one that thinks this is the dumbest idea Honda ever had.

 
At 5/14/2007 9:51 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

My two year old found some loose change in one of the cup holders he then decided it would be fun to insert them in the cd player. Now his favorite CD is stuck in the player. I took the radio out and removed 85 cents from it then put the radio back in, not thinking I would need the serial number, and now I have to enter the code to unlock it. I bought the car used and it did not even come with a user manual let alone a sticker with a code. I have obtained a manual and it says there is code card however with used cars no guarantee what you will find missing. Even the car jack handle could be missing (speaking from experience.)
Anyways, long story short, I have a CD Stuck in my car and the car will not give it back until I provide it a code I did not recieve when I bought the car. To top it all off I can only get a replacement CD in Brazil!

 
At 5/16/2007 11:39 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

2002 Odyssey, small light on, battery discharged, no sound system... google to the rescue... found this thread... after reading, must admit I was a little freaked out

so I decided to start by calling the dealer from which I bought the car... turns out they have the code on file... so they gave it to me... took 1 minute

just wanted to share the thought that apparently not all dealers are equal... some have excellent service... thus, if you are in the DC area, allow me to recommend Tysons Corner Honda

kudos to you all for sharing... good luck

peace :-)

 
At 5/16/2007 10:46 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Heck yeah!!!! The internet is the greatest invention ever! Thanks guys for saving me the $$$ to get the serial number for the radio and then........all of that other crap.

The 1 and 6 trick definitely works on my 03 Honda Civic. Thanks so much for posting this.

 
At 5/17/2007 1:13 PM, Anonymous Anjee said...

I am so glad that I am NOT alone. My battery died in my 1999 Civic...called the non-helpful Cunstomer service..and not to mention that there is no serial number to my stereo. I tried to use the 1 and 6! That didn't work..what am I to do now? It's been four weeks since hearing any music..what a ride

 
At 5/20/2007 9:12 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Honda Radio Marathon,

Interestingly enough I did not know if the battery of a honda dies out it goes with 100 bucks in your wallet..... funny enough the radio serial no which is required to search the code was avaialble on a sticker inside glove compartment and i had no manual ..... called one Honda dealer and the stupid customer service rap told me ...ohh this cant be the code we have to pull out the radio and charge u 100 bucks .... I rather went to a mechanic in the street and paid him 20 bucks to pull out the radio and went to a honda dealer who was asking me 52 bucks plus tax to find the code as admin fee .........I went to a differnt honda dear and he was asking for 15 bucks plus tax...... i got pissed off and said to them HONDA CANADA told me that dealers wont charge u anything ...... call Honda Canada and get me your damn supervisor ...... finally they provided me the code which only took less than a minutes for free..... guys..... my advise ..... look for that small sticker in glove compartment because that is the damn serial no of radio ...... and dont pay these rich honda dearler who rip you off for driving a Honda ....... threat them and talk to Honda canada or whatever your country is okie dokie....... have fun an

 
At 5/23/2007 6:31 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

First of all I'd like to say THANK YOU VERY MUCh to several posters on here who indicated about pressing the 1 and 6 on the radio while turning the radio on. It worked for me.

But then the fun began. I called Honda Canada and they said they don't have the codes and if they did, they couldn't give them to me over the phone, I had to contact the original dealer in PERSON...who is in Quebec (I am in Toronto)and even they mihgt not have the code.

So I called the dealership that sold me the car and he told me to call a local Honda dealership to get the code FOR FREE.

Called the local dealer and he gave me the same sob story about pulling out my radio etc etc and it would be $99.00 plus tax and labour. I got very angry and was very assertive that I read on the internet that all I needed was the code that came on the radio when I push 1 and 6 and that is the only code I need for the radio and I will NOT PAY ANY MONEY for them to pretend to take out my radio for a code they have infront of their face.

There was a big run around and I pushed my case. Eventually, they gave it to me over the phone. It took them TWO SECONDS to look it up. The guy on the phone KNEW he was lying to me that he needed the serial number. He was hoping I was uninformed and would just bust out my wallet.

So thanks again for everyone's help. You just saved me over a hundred bucks!!!

 
At 5/24/2007 11:50 PM, Blogger Polynomial said...

Yeah, I got my radio to work!! I looked in the glove box, like people suggested, and there was a white sticker with a serial number that started with M. I called the 800 number mentioned and gave the rep my VIN and the serial #. I had to fax a copy of my license and registration and Honda quickly called me back with my radio code. I now can listen to sweet music. Thank you everyone for the suggestions.
Here's an example of the serial # I found in the glove box. M98N627623

 
At 5/25/2007 7:17 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ok, the 800 number works great. I just used it.

But, for those of you who have found the "M" code sticker. Your radio code is the last 5 numbers of the "M" code.

 
At 5/26/2007 10:55 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

My 1999 Accord same damn problem....I found the sicker on the inside of my glove box. It had no info on what it was for, just some numbers and letters. Called a dealer ship parts dept, gave him that number and had the code for my radio in under 1 minute.

Thanks for all the info.

 
At 5/29/2007 3:09 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Actually this site would give you the code for $7.00 http://www.radio-code.com/?gclid=CI_mpJOWtIwCFQqgYgodxCWwRw if only you have the serial. But yeah, you need the radio Serial Number to get the Code. Hmph! Waaah! I t's just hard to get the serial for my car radio, I learned there's 2 types of honda radios, and my radio needs me to take out the radio in order to find the SN. Frustrating!

 
At 5/29/2007 4:06 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just found my code in my trunk--on a random white sticker attached to the rubber tubing at the back of the trunk. There were two numbers--a long one that I bet is the serial number, and underneath that was a 5 digit code.

 
At 5/31/2007 12:44 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The code thing totally sucks! After much searching I found the simplest way to get your code. I have a 2001 Honda Accord EX. You use a flat head and pry the clock out and remove the wires. Then all you have to do is look down into the space where the clock was and you can see all the numbers you want about your stereo

 
At 6/09/2007 5:36 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

i had my battery replaced in my 2001 civic. saw the posts above and called the honda 800 number, they're only open monday - friday 6:00am - 3:00pm pst. checked the fuse box next to my battery and the code isn't listed but i found the white plastic card which lists the unlock code. the card is in a small plastic zip bag. typed in the 5 digit code listed on the card and now my radio works again. thanks again to everyone on this blog.

btw someone stated that you can pay $8 to radio-code.com for your unlock code if you provide your serial number. the price for the unlock code for the honda's is now $28.99.

 
At 6/12/2007 8:54 PM, Anonymous DQ Accord in GA said...

Ok, maybe I'm even crazier than I thought because I have actually made this work before but can't make it work now. My battery died and I replaced and went to put my code in - but it won't take it. I have the right code, like I said, I've done it before. And I remember this happening last time...that you don't put it in exactly as the owner's manual suggests. I have a 2003 Honda Accord EX. When I turn on the radio and get the CODE message I enter my 5 digit code. But when I enter the last digit of the code it beeps and gives me the ERR message. Arrrggghhh!!! It is the right code and it has worked before but I can't remember the trick! Any suggestions?

 
At 6/13/2007 8:50 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

If you have Code Err....you need to unhook your battery again and let it sit for a couple of minutes to reset the radio. After waiting...reattach the battery cable and go back to your radio. Your radio should only say "CODE" with the error gone. Try your code now. I just reset mine after using the glove compartment trick...right on the left side of the glove dept was a white sticker with 2 sets of numbers...the top number was a 5-digit number and worked. It's only been 7 months!!
(My wife' car LOL!!)

 
At 6/15/2007 2:51 AM, Blogger andy said...

My radio in my 97 Civic is working fine, but I want to change it over to an MP3 player. The only problem is that there is a red-blinking light on the current cd player that ha the words "anti-theft" next to it. Is this the anti-theft light for the immobiliser, or for this stereo code thing you have all been talking about. The main question is: If I change my stereo to an aftermarket Cd player, will I screw up my immobiliser?

 
At 6/15/2007 1:30 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

My secretary lost here radio access on her 2000 CRV . We found the radio code on the back of the ashtray. So I looked at my wifes 93 Prelude VTEC ashtray the code was on that ashtray WOW ! Thanks to CaptCurt72 and others who posted this wonderful info !

Captain Curt in MN

 
At 6/18/2007 2:48 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have a 2000 Honda Civic EX. Got a new battery over the weekend and had the same "Code" issue. I looked inside my glove box and found a white sticker with a 10 digit code on it (M12D123456). I called (800) 999-1009. The nice lady needed my VIN number, number of miles on my car, my address and phone number. Then she gave me my wonderful 5 digit code!!! About to go type them in. Thank goodness I found this website!

 
At 6/29/2007 3:51 PM, Anonymous CRV2000TriangleMotorsClient said...

Bought my 2000 CRV gently used (fourth Honda), just changed the battery out .... you know the rest. Sadly,the 1&6 trick didn't work; no stickers found anywhere in or on the vehicle, ashtray, cup-holder or glove-box; neither within the paperwork. The Dealer who sold this vehicle to me has been reconditioning Hondas for a bzillion years and, while enjoying a very successful business and reputation, has previously serviced all my Hondas in a wonderful manner.

Why the heck didn't they remove the dash and locate the s/n when they did the initial service and before selling the vehicle? They HAD to know this issue existed. $$$ driven I guess. I'm disappointed.

Anyway, this Frederick Maryland dealer wants $65 to remove the dash to retrieve the serial number so that I can unlock and listen to the radio I already own. GRRRRRRRRRRR. Obviously, Honda doesn't care and it seems this dealer isn't all that interested either. Sad.

I'm now thinking Battle Star Galactica stereo with USB/SD ports. Meanwhile, no music :(.

 
At 7/08/2007 1:20 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

OPEN THE HOOD AND LOOK FOR THE FUSE BOX. IF YOU DON'T WHAT A FUSE BOX LOOKS LIKE, LOOK FOR THE ONLY BLACK PLASTIC PIECE THAT COULD BE TAKEN OFF WITHOUT ANY TOOLS. IT IS ABOUT THE SIZE OF AHALF SHEET OF PAPER, AND HAS A COUPLE OF TABS YOU HAVE TO HOLD DOWN TO GET THE TOP OFF. IF YOU LOOK INSIDE, THE LID, YOU MIGHT BE SURPRIZED TO FIND A NUMBER THAT IS 5 DIGITS LONG, AND NOE OF THE DIGITS ARE GREATER THAN 6. THIS IS YOUR CODE.

 
At 7/12/2007 2:18 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

yeah i work for honda and not anyone can steal your radio. you think that if someone steals your radio they can get the code but they can't because we verify all information such as registration and drivers license before we provide the code with them.

 
At 7/16/2007 10:34 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

After driving around without a radio for nearly a month now, I found this site. I did what appeared to be the easiest solution... I hit the one and the six buttons while turning on the stereo... and there it was ... the serial number. I wrote it down, called the 1-800 number, gave the lady my current information... she gave me the code...I went outside, entered the code... less than 15 minutes after I found this site... I have a working radio! Thanks guys!

 
At 7/17/2007 7:53 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

My sticker was on the left side of the glove box door - 03 Odyssey
had 2 numbers on it - use the 5 digit number

 
At 7/18/2007 11:36 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have a 2001 CRV EX and the "1,6" combo while turning on the radio doesn't work. Look at the fuse box next to the battery, fuse box under the steering wheel, coin box, glove box, under drink holders, to no sucess. I hope I won't have to waste a Saturday taking apart the dash to find that serial.... :( - Ray

 
At 7/22/2007 10:57 PM, Anonymous rick said...

if you have the ERR msg and want to use 1 + 6 to obtain the serial #, put the key in the on positions, turn the radio OFF. hold 1+6 and push the power button on the radio. works on 2002 Honda Civic.
Hey this really sucks, any lawyers out there to file a class action suit. Who would want these cheap ass radios anyway. No one has ever broken into a Honda to steal a factory radio. If they did they could get the code faster than the owner. Why does a dealer charge $100 to "remove" the radio when they can just find the sticker which they all hide in the first place or push 1+6, pot out the clock, CD holder or dash top and look at the ser. no. What a pure rip off. thanks to everyone who posted hints.

 
At 7/23/2007 4:11 PM, Blogger Trom said...

I was concerned over this problem but once I called the dealer it was pretty simple. There should be a white sticker with one number on it in your glove compartment. Call the dealer and give them that number. They will then provide the radio code. Once you get it, make sure your radio displays "code" and type the code in that they gave you and it should kick the radio on. Your display must say "code" when you type it in and not Err or anything else. You have 10 tries if not you have to pull the battery cables and try it again.

 
At 7/25/2007 5:53 PM, Blogger enfanta said...

So, has anyone entered the code and NOT got their stereo back?

I'm not getting an ERR message so I assume I haven't used up my 10 tries.

I'm also assuming that the car and radio have to be on. What am I doing wrong?

 
At 7/30/2007 10:07 AM, Anonymous Scott Watkins said...

I found the code under the cover of the fuse box INSIDE the engine compartment...I didn't need the 1-6 trick to find out the serial number and I went from $100 repair bill down to zero with this knowledge. I own a 2003 Honda Element.

 
At 7/30/2007 10:54 AM, Blogger Doug said...

Thanks so much, everyone. The 1&6 trick worked and it asked for the code which it took on the first try. You saved me a couple of hundred dollars.

 
At 8/03/2007 2:11 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is the most stupid forum of winers I have ever read. Had it ever occurred to any of you dumb asses that thieves don't steal stock radios. Stock radios are the cheapest of cheap.

 
At 8/06/2007 2:11 PM, Anonymous LHO39 said...

On some General Motors Delco radios the owner can TURN OFF the Theftlock. Does anyone know how to do that on the Honda radios?

 
At 8/08/2007 1:13 AM, Blogger aaron said...

I am having the same problem...but I actually have my radio code...BUT how do I enter it???? My code has a 0 and an 8 in it...but my radio only has numbers 1-6 (1995 Honda Prelude). WTH? Does anyone know how to enter my code??? Thanks for the help.

Aaron

 
At 8/15/2007 12:00 PM, Blogger Jorge said...

I drove in silence for 2 months... because I installed an alarm for my Honda, and since that day, the radio was asking the code. I looked behind the fuse box, and inside the glove boxes, and the drink tray, and inside the ashtray... And I was very reluctant of taking the radio off to see if it was in the radio, because in a '97 del Sol like mine, getting to the radio is reeeaaaally annoying. When I finally decided I couldn't bear the silence... I started to disassemble the thing... and surprise! the ashtray can be taken out! (I don't have any ashes in my ashtray, so I never had the need to clean it...) and it had a small white sticker with a 5-digit code and a serial code! wooooo!
Of course, I had to take out the battery terminal and wait, because I had tried a zillion times... oh, well... 20 times...
Anyway, I have radio again! And my cassette deck too!

 
At 8/15/2007 2:36 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hello, THIS INFORMATION DOES WORK. I discovered a very easy and FREE way to fix your radio. Make sure your radio is OFF. Hold down the preset buttons 1 and 6 at the same time. Turn the radio on and your SERIAL NUMBER will appear. 4 numbers first and then 4 more. Write them down (obviously) then call (800) 999-1009. Make sure you have your VIN number handy because they will ask for it. They will ask for your name and approx. milage, and your radio's serial number. They will then give you your radio unlock code--WRITE IT DOWN! If this does not work the first time. Honda told me to disconnect the - (Neg.) battery terminal and then re-try the code again.

 
At 8/16/2007 9:19 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Many thanks from Seattle, WA. Had some kids in the hood play baseball with a couple of windows on our cars. Geico took care of the repairs. Got into my 02 Honda Civic EX after repairs were done and "Code" was displayed on the radio. They disconnected the battery for repairs. Looked far and wide in all the places mentioned in this post for my "Code" - no "Code". Used the "preset buttons 1 and 6 at the same time." Got the serial called Honda Customer Service. Gave them my name, serial number and faxed a copy of the registration to a 310 fax number. Within 4 hours they called me back and provided me with the "Code". Thanks for all the input, support and direction.

 
At 8/18/2007 11:14 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks for this blog/comment site. Of course we are experiencing the same situation with a recently purchased used 04 Civic. Got the serial number (I think) via the 1 & 6 trick; next, we will proceed to get code from 1-800 number or local dealer. Haven't received permanent registration for car yet--hope that won't be an issue. Will update my experience...SouthernCali

 
At 8/20/2007 7:53 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

PRAISE THE LORD! I'm the one who left a comment from Southern Calif. Anyway, thank you everybody for all the comments. As said before I used the 1,6 combo to get the serial number (we have a '04 Civic). With that info I called the 1-800 number and got "The Code!" They asked for the VIN, my name, address, etc. It took less than 5 minutes. Last week before checking out this site, I was ready to pay $89 after talking to a tech at my local Honda dealer who did not volunteer the info about the 1,6 combo..HAH!

 
At 8/22/2007 5:20 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have a 97 accord. Needed code. Looked on bottom of ashtray. Tried code. Apparently the original radio was stolen, cuz it didn't work. PRYED THE RADIO AND COINHOLDER THING OUT (very easily done, btw.) cuz i'm too lazy to do it the right way. Serial # was on top of radio. Honda dealer gave me code without cost. I am now stylin'!! The radio didn't go back in well, cuz I bent the bracket :)

 
At 8/23/2007 8:07 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Bought my 1997 CRV gently used (first Honda), just changed the battery out .... you know the rest. Sadly,the 1&6 trick didn't work; no stickers found anywhere in or on the vehicle, ashtray, cup-holder or glove-box; neither within the paperwork. the last owner sold this vehicle to me has been reconditioning serviced.
I'm disappointed.

Anyway,i may have to remove the dash to retrieve the serial number so that I can unlock and listen to the radio I already own. that just sick !sick !sick! Obviously, Honda is so bad at this.((they knew how to made $$$ from honda owner))

I'm now thinking just go some where put a new CD player in my CRV ,CUZ for that old stupid Honda radio,can't play DVD,VCD,CDR,MP3.... anyway! Honda just made me sick!!!!!!!!

Benny

 
At 8/27/2007 9:58 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

hey guys. I got the code on that little plastic card. I entered the code and the player accepted it.

But i cant put a cd inside. The player wont take it. I have to really force it to put it in and wont play.

Why am i getting this?

 
At 8/28/2007 1:17 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hmmm..read all the comments and still no solution. Second owner of an 03 accord w/navigation. Disconnected the battery last week with no codes. Local dealer was able to find the stereo code for me for no charge, but still no code to activate the navigation system. Tried American Honda, no help either. I got my navigation serial numbers, any ideas out there? Anything will be better than my other options right now. Start looking for a new sytem or go ahead on punching all the possible combos (10,000) now and hopefully to get it next year.

 
At 8/28/2007 11:41 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ok me again.03 accord Navigation code problem solved..With the 3 digits the dealer got me for my 03 accord navigation system i was able to figure out the 4th, only took few hours.It works! For those few comments with the same problem from above, if your local honda drealer really know what they doing they should be able to figure out your stereo code without taking the navi and stereo out. I watched they do mine but didnt ask how, but they can do it. Accord navi system serial # is in the trunk. If they could only find you 3digits, those are your first 3. Just play with (0-9) and u will get it. Hopefully i will never find myself in here again.

 
At 8/29/2007 10:08 AM, Blogger crabbydad said...

THANK YOU! 2001 Civic, no sticker anywhere. I yanked the plastic rectangular space thingy out from under the radio and was able to make out the s/n on the sticker on the underside of the radio. Called 800.999.1009, option #5, and they gave me "the code" after I gave them my VN. Big beep, radio works again!

Thanks again for this post!

 
At 8/29/2007 10:15 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks to all for the advice. The 1&6 thing worked for me. I called the 800 number, gave them the code I got from the radio and my VIN and in under 5 minutes had my code. So glad I found this website. THANKS EVERYONE!!

-heather in Alpharetta

 
At 9/01/2007 7:29 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

1 & 6 didn't work for me on my 2000 CRV. I just had the think in for service 8 months ago and went through the lunacy of trying to get the code. The called honda for me got the info and wrote it down. I promptly lost that information. When my battery died earlier this week I was without a radio and the dealer wanted 90 bucks to pull the dash (which i understand is way more than 2 screws as mentioned earlier.) to get the information. I saw this link on an internet search and someone posted check under the ashtray. Well I did and found the code and now have tunes....

 
At 9/01/2007 4:49 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

2001 Odyssey EX - same issue, needs code after a battery change. Tried everything 1,6, glovebox, fuxebox .. No sign of Serial Number. Only option may be to pay up the dealer to remove the CD player for 100 ... I am thinking of fitting an aftermarket DVD/CD player for 150 ... Wonder if the code locked CD will allow that. Please advise ... Out of options here

 
At 9/06/2007 2:10 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I bought a used 2001 Honda Accord, put in a new battery and like everyone else, could not find the code. I found this page to be very helpful as it lead me to the serial number in the glove box. I also called the 1-800 # but they wanted me to fax my Title and DL and that was getting too personal info for me. I called a dealership, gave them my VIN and serial # and I now have a RADIO again. Thanks to #23514

 
At 9/06/2007 2:52 PM, Blogger Ray said...

Honda made it easy. I just purchased 2001 Odyssey ES that showed "Code ErrE". 1. I found the sticker inside the glovebox. None found in any other spots mentioned including website, but at least I'm registered now. 2. Honda guy took my 10 digit M00... code and came back with the 11411 turn on code. He had to reset battery (code erre) then put in code and it worked. No mention of charging me. Great Service.

 
At 9/07/2007 7:04 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks Laurel! Pushing the 1 and 6 while turning on the radio worked. I called the number and got the code! The customer support specialist stated that 2003 models and newer had that cabability and a few other older models.

 
At 9/08/2007 7:52 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

bye a chev you put your own code in or leave it with the original one 111

 
At 9/09/2007 10:06 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Im glad i found this blog you guys were very helpful thanks alot

 
At 9/13/2007 11:24 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you very much! this page is great... my radio display Err1 and de 1 & 6 didn't work... Then I DISCONNECT THE BATTERY .. I waited for about 10 minutes and the I connect again, turned on my radio and it displayed "code" I insert it and finally work ... the code is the de glove box...they are 5 digits .. The code for a Honda Accord SE is 62343

 
At 9/13/2007 11:25 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Honda Accord SE 97 is 62343

 
At 9/16/2007 7:26 PM, Blogger Jamie said...

Thank you everyone for all your information! I just successfully got my radio back! I was one of the lucky ones that had my code in my original paperwork for my 2002 accord. I had reached the end of the code message and had the err message. I unhooked the battery and put it back, then tried with my code and voila! Thanks again! green goblin, you should try the holding 1&6 down at the same time and get your serial number, then call 800-999-1009 to get your code. Don't waste any money buying a new radio! Hope that helps.

 
At 9/16/2007 7:28 PM, Blogger Jamie said...

Thank you everyone for all your information! I just successfully got my radio back! I was one of the lucky ones that had my code in my original paperwork for my 2002 accord. I had reached the end of the code message and had the err message. I unhooked the battery and put it back, then tried with my code and voila! Thanks again! green goblin, you should try holding 1 & 6 down at the same time then turn your radio on, and get your serial number, then call 800-999-1009 to get your code. You will need to give your serial number, VIN and approximate mileage. Don't waste any money buying a new radio! Hope that helps.

 
At 9/26/2007 12:53 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The pressing of 1 & 6 while powering up worked for me and my 02 CRV. I got the serial number called the 800 Honda number and they gave it to me just like that. No paying 98$ to my dealership for them to rip me off! Thanks!

 
At 9/30/2007 1:32 PM, Blogger rick said...

hey all 2001 Honda Civic owners out there, I found the radio code in the trunk of the car. Look under the trunk lid and you should find the Vin number and also there should be some other numbers near the Vin, it should have two sets of numbers, the top number is a 5 digit number this should be the Code for the Radio. I think if you took your car to Honda they would look for this number and charge you over $100 bucks. Hope this helps

 
At 9/30/2007 6:51 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I FIXED MY RADIO . . .
I own a 2000 Honda Civic. I had to replace the battery and ended up with no radio. Look through your owners manual pouch (that u recieved when u purchased the car) and you should come across a white plast card that says "Anti-theft Radio Identification card". There is a code #, and a serial #. Enter the code # only. The radio should display "code", if it says "code erre" disconnect and reconnect the battery. You might have to do this a few times to get the radio to display "code". The radio should come on immediatley after you enter the code #.

I hope this information is helpful. Good luck

 
At 10/02/2007 11:15 AM, Blogger JoeP said...

I tried 10 times then got the ErrE code. Now I have the correct reset code. I tried pulling the #8 fuse (Radio), but it did not reset the anti-theft. Does anyone know which fuse controls the anti-theft?

I have a 2002 CR-V. Yes, I know I can remove the battery terminal, but now I am curious about this fuse business. Thanks. Joe.

 
At 10/04/2007 7:07 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

OK, 204 Honda Accord owners, Listen up, call the 800 number for honda 1-800-999-1009 and have your vin number handy. You need to also get your serial number for your radio. Have the radio off and hold down 1 and 6 and then while still holding down, turn the radio on, the first 4 numbers will flash and then the next 4, that is your 8 digit serial number. Give that to them and they will give you your radio code free of charge. I did have my card with my radio code, but believe it or not it was incorrect. They gave me the wrong serial number and code when I bought the car. Ridiculous!! I just got off the phone with them and my radio is NOW working.

 
At 10/05/2007 2:39 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I wish there was a way I could post this at the top of everything so those in my situation wouldn't have to try everything else to no avail. It's real obnoxious when everyone writes thinking that there solution is the answer to EVERY honda model and EVERY owner.

I have a 98 CRV.. same problem of course. Rediculous. Except like some folks, I did not have my serial number. Tried everything. No stickers in ANY of the places people said they would be. I looked everywhere. I bought it used, so no sticker in the manual or card anywhere or sales papers from a dealership. The website doesn't work. The 1+6 doesn't work. The 2+6 does't work or any other combination of numbers and how far your keys are turned. I was pissed. So finally I got a flathead screwdriver and popped out the air vents panel on the dashboard just above the radio. No screws or any taking apart the inside of my car. Just stuck it in there and it popped out. Had to pull hard cause it was in there tight, but relatively easy. From there I could look down and see part of the top of the stereo. Grabbed a tiny make-up mirror from my wife and positioned it so I could see the rest. Found the sticker. Had to read the serial # upside down and through a mirror, but with a little thinking, I had the # in 20 seconds. Called a dealership, gave them the number, they gave me a code, BINGO. It's about friggin time. What a pain in the ass.

I know it may not work for everyone, but maybe the CRV owners will have a little more luck.

 
At 10/07/2007 11:25 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have a Honda Accord 1993 and I got the serial # from the radio and took it to the Honda dealer and they punched it in their computer and told me it was so old that they have to call the main honda place on monday at 10 am to get more info. Iwork and dont have time for all that .Can anyone help me with the unlock code?

 
At 10/07/2007 12:24 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is ridiculous, I bought a used (so no code sticker) 2003 civic, and the alternator died. Since then, I have no clock or radio. I got the code by pushing 1 & 6, but it's the weekend, so honda is closed... Even if I get this radio going again, this is an absurd amount of time to do what took seconds in any of my older cars... I'm about ready to just get an ipod and a stick on clock for the dash.

 
At 10/08/2007 2:32 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I hope everyone reads this FIRST:

With car ON and Radio/stereo-system OFF, Push the presets "1" & "6" at the same time and turn the Radio ON. You will see a small letter followed by 4 numbers and then a second screen with another small letter and 4 more numbers. Write this down - this is your Radio's Serial #. The screens will rotate around again if you miss them the first time.
Call your local Honda Dealer - I boughht my car used at a Nissan Dealership - it was obviously someone's trade-in. Even so, I called my local Honda dealer and spoke with the service dept. I gave them my name, the radio serial # and my VIN #. They can look it up in the Honda system and give you the 5-digit reset code. This all took me less than 5 minutes.

*This works whether you have "CODE" or "ERROR" flashing on your radio - it does not matter!!

I am SOOOOOOO happy - you DO NOT HAVE TO REMOVE YOUR RADIO/DASHBOARD!!!

 
At 10/08/2007 3:16 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Got a 2004 Civic Hybrid and the code is on a sticker on the left side of the glove box on the outside of it. It's viewable from the drivers seat.

BTW, unless someone can verify, I'll bet a dime to a doughnut that no stereo installer and no dealer ever take the dash off to remove the radio. Nor car thiefs usually either. They have a special tool that slides in along the side of the radio that releases it and out it comes.

Or so Ray Smuckles told me.

 
At 10/17/2007 9:38 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is so infuriating. I have a 2000 Civic with stock radio/CD player that I bought used a few years ago. Had to get a new battery the other day, and had no idea about this "code" nonsense or that I wouldn't be able to use my radio anymore. So after finding this blog, I was hopeful that I'd be back in business in no time, but alas, the "press 1 + 6" to get the serial number doesn't work on this model, and the magic sticker with the code is nowhere to be found in any of the places that everyone claims it should be. Guess I'm gonna have to pull the dash apart to get the S/N and call Honda, cause I'm definitely not paying these clowns $50 to do it. Ugh. What a crock. I've always been happy with Honda, but this is a bit much.

 
At 10/22/2007 5:15 PM, Blogger IckyTheIcicle said...

This is such a great forum and it saved me $100+. I have a used Honda Civic 2004. On my radio I was able to use the 1 + 6 + power button trick to obtain my serial number.

From there I contacted American Honda(1-800-999-1009). They required that I send them proof of ownership i.e. I had to fax over my license and registration. After about 2 hours I called them back and they gave me my code. It was simple and best of all FREE.

 

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