Honda protects me from stealing my own CD player

Scott Manning
January 31, 2003 | Comments (526)

Last year, the wife and I bought a used 1999 Honda Civic EX. So far, it has been a very reliable car.

One feature on the car that I never understood or cared to understand was the "Anti-Theft" light located on the CD player that blinks every few seconds. The car does not have an alarm on it, so I thought it might have just been for show. Well, when the battery died on the car the other day, we found out exactly what it does.

After jump-starting the battery back to life, the car worked fine except for the CD player. Any time I'd try to turn it on, it would ask me for a code. I had no idea what it was talking about. After a few unsuccessful tries at guessing the code, I went to the manual.

It turns out that if the CD player loses power, the "Anti-theft" feature kicks in. Each car has its own individual code and can only be obtained by the dealer. Apparently, I was supposed to have received a card with the magic code on it. No such luck though.

I called the dealer. They looked up my info and said they do have the code, but they can't give it over the phone. "We can't verify that you are you."

I said, "But I am me. Ask me anything. Birthplace. My mom's maiden name. Whatever."

"Sorry, sir. This is for your own protection."

Well, after a physical appearance at the dealership, the CD player is once again operational and the code is tattooed on my left chest. Their security was definitely impressive. I just wish more companies who hold much more valuable information took the same measures.

Continued Discussion
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Comments (526):
1) Posted by: LOL
February 1, 2003 2:22 AM

good story i like it

2) Posted by: Justin
February 5, 2003 6:16 PM

Scott, if only I had known. There is a product you can buy for about $12 from your local parts store (ie NAPA, O'Reilly-if you have those) that's called a Memory Saver. It's powered by a 9V batt. that plugs into your cigarette lighter, so that when your battery is not functional or the wires are unhooked, it retains all the necessary information and saves you a buttload of time. As I said before, "If only I had known."

Oh, and the other reason you may have the "Anti-Theft" light that blinks and isn't actually functional as an alarm may be that your key has a certain code on it that sends a signal to the starter to where no one can hotwire you car. (Tip of the Day)

3) Posted by: Jess
February 21, 2003 4:57 PM

Good article, so much variety on your site! I love it.

I have the same thing on my stereo and don't have the code either after buying the car used. My car has the key thing mentioned in Justin's post too. My main key sends a signal that it is the correct key, but the spare doesn't have this code in it. SO, the spare will open the door but won't start the car! What good is that? haha. I can't lose my key I guess...

4) Posted by: Juan Pablo
May 1, 2003 6:02 PM

Yo tengo un estereo al parecer robado de un honda y no lo he podido hacer funcionar jajaj...

5) Posted by: Maria
May 27, 2003 12:39 PM

I AM going through the same thing , I had to jump start my car also and my cd player locked up. of course the dealer ship oh so easly "forgot" to give me the code. They dont consider that I have a busy life and I cant be running all the time to the dealership because their car wont work right. It seems they do these things on purpose somtimes just to get you back and charge you a service fee.

6) Posted by: kevin m
June 26, 2003 11:09 PM

This same scenario happened to me in my car. I tried to pry it open with something at first, but then I figured i'd give a guess at the code. That didnt work too well and i didn't have the "code". So the next step was calling the dealership, which you forgot to mention, will only give me the code if i shell out 90 bucks. What is that? I am outraged with the Honda corporation and will never purchase another piece of crap from them ever again.

7) Posted by: Jann
September 1, 2003 1:50 PM

Like Kevin, they want to charge me $90. to get the info for locating the code,which is behind the radio. I am so upset with them, I sure it is the crummy dealership in Las Vegas, NV. They are getting so shoddy in there workmanship, each time I have had the tires rotated they need to have air replaced within a day or two, and watch out for their 30,000 mile check up, they don't check the battery or the wipers. I guess I will have to change to a Ford, or Chevy. very angry in Vegas

8) Posted by: John
September 22, 2003 9:37 PM

Well, our battery died on our 1998 Accord,the radio will not work. Of course, we do not have the code so the dash has to be dismantled to get the serial number. This is beyond bizarre to say the least. We have owned Hondas since 1984 and I am so angry I am seriously thinking this is the last one because this was not explained at purchase time and we bought it new. The dealer is of no help and Honda is worse.

9) Posted by: William
September 28, 2003 11:23 AM

What is it? They charged me $85 dollars in order to get the stupid code. I dont think this is reasonable, they designed the Anti-theif system aganist their customer. What the hell happening?

10) Posted by: Scott Manning
September 30, 2003 9:14 AM


That is entirely unreasonable. I would have raised hell before they made me pay 85 bucks.


11) Posted by: AJ
October 24, 2003 6:40 PM

I have a question. I just bought a used 92 accord from a guy, and I had to buy a replacement radio for my car from a junk yard because the original one got stolen. It is the same kind of radio as the other one its just not the original one. I am also having a problem with the code. I have no idea about which dealership it came from and I seen that it said something about the code being on back of the radio itself. I was wondering if this was true before I went hacking away at my dash to get it out. I would really appreciate any helpful advice right about now.

12) Posted by: shan
October 30, 2003 10:26 PM


Today I'am going through the same thing. I underesdant the anti theft is a great furture. Today when I called the dealer to get the code (unlock) they have advised me a charge of $ 100.00 this is rudiculas!!!!!!I think this is totally wrong. I hope anyone on this site will have a great idea so I dont have to pay $ 100.00 to this stupid dealer.
I have a Honda Civic 2001

13) Posted by: Mike
October 31, 2003 11:40 AM

I'm looking on eBay at radios to replace mine in my old '87 Civic si ... well, of course, many have the anti-theft feature, a few mention that they also happen to have the code. But while looking for an old radio (hopefully _without_ an anti-customer feature) I saw that someone was selling the code for your radio if you gave them the serial number for $10.

You'll have to search on ebay with a search text similar to:

(honda,acura) code

But of course, Caveat Emptor! (Buyer Beware!)

14) Posted by: Mario
November 2, 2003 12:14 PM

I'm just about to go to Honda Dealer to get the code from them. I have a 2000 accord and they are going to charge me $72.00 because they said that they weren't keeping codes back then in there computers. I don't know what else to do but to go to them, any suggestions would surely help...

15) Posted by: Chevelle
November 2, 2003 9:06 PM

I have a 2000 civic and i just put in a new battery. Then its telling me i need to put in my code? What the hell? I read some of the comments and you have to pay like almost $100 bucks, just for a damn code? What is going on here? We already own the car so why do we have to pay for a damn code? Anyone knows the code?

16) Posted by: Scott Manning
November 3, 2003 9:05 AM

The code is different for each car. You'll need to contact your dealer.

17) Posted by: David Harper
November 13, 2003 11:00 PM

I can't believe that people can find this site to complain about their Honda radios but can't find where to go to solve their problems. You need to take control and stop being the victim.
I just replaced the battery in my Accord and of course did not have the sacred code. So I went to
where they offer to sell the codes. This site also provides FREE detailed instructions with photographs on how to remove your Honda radio to get the serial number information. The process is very easy, takes about an hour and you only need a couple of screwdrivers. It also gives tips on how to do it so you don't damage your dashboard. Next I called my local Honda dealer and described my situation. I thought I might have to go to the dealership to get the code but they gave it to me over the phone for FREE. So after one hour of MY labor and a phone call I was back in business at NO COST TO ME.

18) Posted by: John
December 1, 2003 9:14 PM

I bought an used Honda Civic '99.Last week I had a situation of jump starting my car.My CD player started askig for CODE.I called openroadhonda and within 5 minutes they were able to give me the Code gettig the last 7 digits of my VIN.It was free of cost !!!!

19) Posted by: Brian
January 6, 2004 4:10 PM

The thing about that though is either you or someone else who had the car before you bought it from openroadhonda. Does anyone know how to get the code without spending any money???

20) Posted by: Juan Perez
January 8, 2004 2:32 PM

I have a 99 Honda Accord 2dr EX model. I am frequently frustrated by the fact that the CD player is very "picky" about the CDs that it can play. It definitely can't play copied CDs, and a lot of store bought CDs often don't work, or at best, it takes forever to find the first track.

Does anybody have similiar experiences? What alternatives are there? Can Honda repair the thing? Are there good aftermarket solutions out there? Are later model Hondas any better. (I have a friend who has similar problems on their '99 also).


21) Posted by: Robert
January 29, 2004 12:42 AM

I have a 1998 honda accord and stereo went out when wife had car jumped because she sat in car with a/c on and stereo without car being on. But if anyone has code for 1998 stereo please post it that would be nice. So hey folks when I get code I will give code.

22) Posted by: Ryan
February 5, 2004 4:38 PM

i got the same problem with the damn cd code. it's bs and its nonsense to pay $60- for a damn code that you should have already. i think honda's just trying to fuck everybody and get more money. BLAH ..i'll just go buy a new cd player.

23) Posted by: Mike
February 7, 2004 9:08 PM

I do not like this code. It is Saturday. I called the Honda dealer in Washington, DC, where i am, to get my code. Of course they are closed because it is past six o'clock. So I called the dealer where the car was purchased in Boulder, Colorado. They can not give me the code because their service dept. closes at 3. So I call Honda dealer in Hawaii. They say they can not give me code over the phone. I have to come in to dealership to get code. I say how can I come in to dealership, I am in Washington, DC. They say why you call Hawaii if you are in Washington, DC. I explain my situation. They say How do I know you didn't steal radio? I say I fax you my registration and liscense. They say no, computer service division in Calfornia is already closed for the day. I say why not you tell me this when I first call? They say why you not go in to Honda dealership in Washington DC on Monday? I say I work 9-5 to to afford my Honda. They say sorry, and goodbye. So I guess I will be waiting another week before I can listen to radio again.

24) Posted by: loretta
February 9, 2004 5:46 PM

i havent had any problems with my code. i had a 94 accord ex and now have a 95. (i just happen to like the body style of those years and they are very reliable.) anyway, i took the radio from the 94 and put into the 95 because it had the cd, cassette and radio all in one. when i lost my code, i went to the honda dealership in Fairfax, VA on Rt 50 - i think it is Fairfax Honda. even though i did not buy my honda there and i had bought the stereo off of ebay, the guys in service were very nice and gave me the code for FREE once i had showed them my license, reg and proof of ebay purchase for the cd. i lost the code for the orignal stereo out of the 95 and went back again to them for that code and they gave it to me again for FREE. they are very nice.

25) Posted by: Brandon Penalosa
February 14, 2004 2:18 AM

Found The Code!!!! Check your glove compartment on the outerpanel leftside!!! Took five minutes!!and a flashlight.

26) Posted by: Tim
February 17, 2004 8:55 PM

Thanks Brandon for sending me down the right path. Took the code from the inside of the glovebox and called my local dealer. Although I bought the car from a private party, the service manager was helpful, and by giving him those combination of numbers and letters over the phone he was able to look up the activation code for the CD/radio in my car (1999 Civic). I know that the car was not sold new out of that dealership so he must be accessing info that any other Honda dealer can aquire (it took him 60 secs.). Some are more obliging then others I guess. Hope this can be of help to somebody.

27) Posted by: Drew
February 20, 2004 2:35 PM

I looked in the interior of the glovebox and saw nothing. I have a 2001 Accord. What do you mean by outer panel?


28) Posted by: Drew
February 20, 2004 4:59 PM

Another place to try is the fuse boxe(s). I found my code under the lid of the fusebox under the hood. Like Brandon said the most common place is on the left in the glovebox. Another place is the underside of the change holder.

29) Posted by: Ninny
February 21, 2004 2:13 PM

I am having a similiar problem. I own a Honda Accord 1997. When I bought the car 2 1/2 yrs ago it wasn't from a honda dealership. They did give me the code but I lost it. I put it in my glove compartment and haven't seen it since. I work at Domino's Pizza as a delivery girl and it is complete and utter torture to ride around all day listening to the noises of your car. I miss my stereo so much. I called the dealership today after reading this forum and I have to call back on Monday. If they try and charge me I will just buy a new cd player. I have been wanting a new one anyway. My 6-disc changer is so stubborn. It sometimes wouldn't play if it was hot outside. It won't play alot of burnt cd's either. I'm probably better off with a new one I guess but in the mean time I would like to be able to at least listen to music while I drive.

February 29, 2004 6:15 PM

you can get free instructions on putting in a
cassette player of cd player
(i guess if all you have is the am/fm radio)

can also be used as removal instructions
and here is a tip from me, wear gloves, don't disconnect
the battery ;)

31) Posted by: wayne
March 7, 2004 6:06 PM

I have a 2003 Civic. The battery went dead and the CD player will not operate. I have entered the security code and it will not accept it. I checked at the dealer and it is the correct code. I was told at the Honda dealer to disconnect the battery, cross the battery cables and this would reset the system. I would be able to enter the security code. I did this and the CD will still not accept the code. The dealer tells me they do not known why. Any suggestions ???

32) Posted by: ninny
March 9, 2004 12:30 AM

Well this is sort of an update from my last message! The day before I was suppose to call my dealership about the code. My BF found it at his house. YAY!! Anyway so I now have my music back and it is so much nicer. But would u believe the day I got it back I got a ticket for a dead inspection! It was only dead because I had an exhaust leak and no money to fix it. My father loaned me the money so I got it fixed. I also got it inspected too. The day I got it inspected a strange squeking sound arrived. Just my LUCK! So it's going in the shop AGAIN tomorrow morning. It is the most annoying squeek I have ever heard. I do not think its my brakes. It does it when I turn, gas and brake. It worse when I reverse! It sounds somewhere between a baby crying and a cow mooing! I'll let u know the problem in case any one else has this problem. Oh by the way I was wondering if there was some sort of pattern on the codes to our stereo's so I am going to post my code and would like for other people to please! it's 25412 only 4 numbers are used. it forms a circle and the begining numbers is the ending number! That's the only things I have found that are sort of a coincidence! Thanks!

33) Posted by: Terry
March 17, 2004 4:56 PM

Interesting, Ninny.

Now all we need is someone else that has a '97 Honda Accord, who hasn't misplaced their code, to post their numbers.

But, then again, why would they even have sought out this thread?

I have a '97 Honda Accord but, sadly, didn't receive one when I bought it used.

Never truly worried about it until the "check engine" light came on yesterday ! Seems as if I would try to defeat one problem ... I'd wind up with another !


Fallston, MD

34) Posted by: ninny37
March 19, 2004 2:59 PM

Well the problem with the squeking was just my brakes. It's fixed now so everything's ok. I probably won't be delivery pizza's for much longer anyway so the car problems should subside. I am moving to another state. It's about and hour and a half from where I live now and have lived all my life. So far I am very pleased with my Honda. I have yet to have a serious problem not due to wear and tear or myself.

35) Posted by: Christian
March 19, 2004 4:36 PM

I am going on long drive in a few hours. I hope the inside of the glove box or whatever works.
We'll see. I can't make it into the friggin dealership for a week. What pisses me off more is that I JUST bought the CRV(2000) and THEY disconnected or at least loosened the battery terminals.


36) Posted by: Christian
March 19, 2004 5:00 PM

There was a white sticker with a 9 digit (with one letter F) code in glove box.
Called and got the code right from the service guy.
Service guy (Curry Honda, Yorktown, NY) said that it was 1 in 99 chance that it could be in the glove box. Well I just happened to be lucky .... today .... FINALLY.
No charge and I should be set to go.
AND ...... the radio and CD work.


37) Posted by: Fred
March 21, 2004 1:25 PM

I have a 1998 Prelude, I unplugged the fuse to my radio. When I put the fuse back, I needed the radio code to enable the radio. I call Honda got the code but the radio would not accept it. I rechecked with Honda to make sure the code was correct.

My local dealer told me to disconnect the battery terminals and touch them together for 10 to 30 seconds, that did not work. Now they tell me the the radio must be bad and I need to replace it. I do not believe them.

Can you help me?


38) Posted by: Jessica
March 21, 2004 6:34 PM

I have just had keyless entry put on my recently purchased pre-owned CR-V, I have run into the security code thing...that was not explained to me by the installer or by my car salesman. I have made an appointment with the honda dealership but it is much to my disbelief that it is going to cost me as much as $100 to crack the code! I am glad I consulted this website...Ill try the and see if I can get by the cheaper way!

39) Posted by: Michael
March 21, 2004 8:24 PM

I just bought an old '94 Del Sol today. Decided to spend the afternoon doing maintenace work. One thing I did was replace the battery. Bad idea...the dreaded code! I must say thank you to everyone that has posted a comment in this forum. I managed to find the code written on a piece of scotch tape stuck inside the glove compartment. Only problem is, it's obviously been there 10 years and is all faded. Managed to make out 3 of the five numbers. With only 6 buttons to push, I figure that leaves a total of 36 combinations to try. My question is, what is the correct way to enter the code? Is there a clear button or something that needs to be pushed in between guesses? I'm so close yet so far!

40) Posted by: AM
March 26, 2004 9:58 PM

Thanks to everyone for sharing their frustrations on this page. The advice on looking in your glove compartment is very helpful. I was able to find a sticker with the serial number in there. After reading that someone was able to find their code, I decided to go back and look a little harder. Interestingly enough, I actually found the coveted anti theft ID card with the code on it. I was starting to preemptively get angry and was thinking about how I would start yelling at the dealership and cause a scene when they suggest that I pay $100 for the code that I thought was never given to me. I'm glad to have saved myself the embarrassment.

41) Posted by: AM
March 26, 2004 10:03 PM

By the way, I would give up my code, but it's not going help anyone. I think each system has its own unique code independent of what kind of car you have. It's 21122 just in case, but I don't think it will help

42) Posted by: Michael
March 27, 2004 4:54 AM

I finally decided to pull radio out today so I could take the serial number to a dealer and beg. Wouldn't you know it, the code was written on top of it. How much sense does that make?

43) Posted by: tony
April 5, 2004 6:35 PM

i was having the same radio troubles as you all, and found your comments very helpful. i ended up calling the dealership where my honda was purchased (it took me awhile to track it down) and i provided them with my VIN and received my radio code right away.

44) Posted by: Tia
April 9, 2004 6:56 PM

I have a 2000 Honda Accord. I can't find any numbers in my glove box or under the coin holder. I also checked the 2 fuse box on either side of the dash board. (you have to open to doors to see). No luck. I did call the Honda dealer. They just said, you have to bring it up here. Unfortunetly they are 1 hour away. They didn't mention anything about paying any amount of money.

45) Posted by: pa1111
April 10, 2004 9:10 PM

I am having a similar problem with the radio codes, however I decided to test try some and the radio locked and won't let me enter in any codes any longer. Any idea how to reset this?

46) Posted by: Jolene
April 12, 2004 5:01 PM

I found the serial number in my glove box. This is the biggest pain in the butt ever!! But my code was 32514...but im pretty sure that all codes are different. It will probably not work for you. Plus, after 3 tries of entering the wrong code, it will not allow you to enter anymore numbers for one hour. Good luck.

47) Posted by: kevin
April 13, 2004 9:25 PM

I am having a same problem - buying a cassett from 95 honda on ebay nad have no code to use

What I heard is thecode for all 95 civic are actually same - if anyone has a 95 civic radio, maybe we can share it?

Anyway, if I find out mine, I will come and post it


48) Posted by: Randy
April 18, 2004 10:45 PM

hey, it's pretty funny how this many people have the same problem. I have a 91 Honda Accord that I just bought from my brother, but my brother just got into a car accident before he sold it to me. The insurance payed for all the damages, but i guess someone disconnected the battery and my tape player was asking me for a code.A code??? I asked my self. I looked everywhere and I couldn't find the damn thing. When I finally gave up and took the stereo out and the damn thing was writen on top of it. I was was really pissed off. I feel you people's pain.

49) Posted by: Paige
April 22, 2004 11:01 PM

OH man!! I have a 93 Honda accord...i really need some advice. My battery went dead about a couple of months ago, and i havent had a radio since, because of that stupid code! I didn't have the code or anything. Then the other day, i found the card, with the code on it in my glove box, stupid me! But when i put the code in, it still does not work! Is there more to this that i am supposed to be doing?! I was reading some other website, and it said i should disconnect the negative part of my battery and reconnect it, then try it again within 10 seconds of the car being on, but i'm not so sure if this will work. Anyone else have advice?! Because i am in deep need of help, i can't survive any longer without a radio!!

50) Posted by: wing
April 23, 2004 1:45 PM

I can't find the secutity code for my radio, I've looked for it in the glove compartment, fuse box and under the change holde. Does anyone know where else I can find it. I need my raiio!!

51) Posted by: TonyGizmo
April 23, 2004 1:50 PM

The location for my daughter's 1996 Accord EX stereo reset code is on a sticker located on the backside of the ashtray. Just pulled it all the way out and there it was. Email me and let me know if this helped anyone out. If for some reason your stereo does not except the code on the 1st try, simply disconnect the negative cable from the battery and touch it against the positive side for a ten second period, reconnect and reinter your code.

52) Posted by: Courtney
April 26, 2004 3:29 PM

I have a 92 Honda Accord with a previously dead battery and of course no code. I found my serial # on the bottom of the radio and called the dealership where the car was purchased. I was super nice to the guy in the parts department and it paid off! He researched the car, called the warranty department and called me back with the code. I am very thankful and will make sure I write it down in multiple places so I don't have to go through this again.

53) Posted by: John
April 28, 2004 4:57 AM

Purchased used 1997 Honda Accord. Radio wouldn't work because the used car dealer disconnected the battery to install a new coil pior to giving me the car. Read car manual about radio. Disconnected ground from battery for a few seconds and reconnected. Security code was found imprinted inside of glove box along with some other numbers below it that weren't needed. After disconnecting the ground to the battery the radio went back to program mode when turned on. Simply entered code found in glove box and radio worked. Glad I didn't have to remove the radio to find the serial number. I couldn't believe how easy it was. Unfortunately the dealer I purhased the car from wasn't a Honda dealer and didn't know where to look for the code.

54) Posted by: SHAZIZZO
April 29, 2004 10:27 AM


55) Posted by: SHAZIZZO
April 29, 2004 10:28 AM


56) Posted by: Brian L.
May 2, 2004 9:20 PM

As are the rest of you Im completly PISSED OFF!Why have the anti theft feature anyway?I have never once heard of anyone stealing a factory deck out of any car.And its almost impossible to remove the sterio yourself.Another excuse of a foreign car company to have you shell out 75$ just so you can listen to your own radio.Bull Shit!

57) Posted by: mrblue615
May 3, 2004 1:16 AM

I have a 2003 Honda Civic. I've been having problems with the factory cd player. Some cds have gotten stuck and the display shows ERROR. It doesn't happen all the time, just randomly. Anyone else experienced this? Any advice?

58) Posted by: MSD
May 6, 2004 2:34 PM


I had my battery changed this morning on my 97 Accord. Just found out about the code for the anti theft radio that I was never given. Dealer no help, found this sight and I appreciate the shared info. I was able to find code and serial number on bottom of ash try. Because I was trying to get the radio to work right after the battery change I now have an error 3 but hope to disconnect and try re-entering code. Appreciate the shared info/ideas!

59) Posted by: Terry
May 6, 2004 6:34 PM

I made my initial post on this forum on March 17th.

At that time, I knew there would be a potential code problem.

Well, last Friday, my wife got into the car to go to work and it wouldn't start. It was the original battery in her '97 Honda Accord.

There was never any indication, whatsoever, that it was getting weak. I put a charger on it and within 30 minutes it appeared to be charged. It then started right up !

But, even though I put the charger back on it for another 6 hours .... and it still started ..... 4 hours later it wouldn't.

The next day I started phoning around for a battery and a vendor who also had the capability to preserve my precious radio from giving the dreaded " C O d e " message.

I live in Harford County, Maryland.

Well, the place I normally go is to "Battery Warehouse" ... but their "Memory Saver" device was "out of commission". However, they wanted $50 for the standard "factory spec'd" battery ... $60 for a heavy-duty.

Phoned "Western Auto" .. who sold the $12 memory device but didn't have one for use in their shop ! Screw that !

Oh, What the Hell ... It's just a battery ... Might as well just go to my local Honda Dealership .....

Called them. Good Gosh ! They wanted the "Family Tree" of our car ( including VIN# ! ) before they could quote me a price. $123 after all was said and done (including tax) ! AND .. they weren't going to help me with the code. No, they were going to keep the motor running while they changed the battery ! Over $90 more, if I wanted the stupid code number.

Called back "Battery Warehouse" and they said they'd be willing to change the battery while the engine was running.

Put the charger on the battery for about 30 minutes again ... and ... IT STARTED !!!!

I guess I hadn't focused on the radio the previous day.

I looked down at it and, sure enough, ..... " C O d e " was displayed and, other than that, it was asleep !

Oh well, the battery gave us it's best and, when my time comes to depart this earth, I hope I go the same way.

So, I get to the "Battery Warehouse" and the guy tells me about a shop about 100 feet away that can get the code. Problem was that they were only open Mon - Fri .... 10 - 4. Pretty good hours, huh ? Wish I could have run my business that way !

This past Monday, I go over there. They quoted $30 - $45 and I made an appointment for today, Thursday, at 11am. They said it would take 30 to 45 minutes to complete the job.

Today, I got there more like 11:15am. ( OK, so give me some grief .. I'll probably be late for my funeral as well ) But, I was out of there by 11:45am with my radio working ! Cost me $30 and I now have the code # for my radio !

I know it took him less than 5 minutes to get the radio out ( I hadn't even finished reading the front section on the Baltimore Sun yet ), make a phone call, and get the code. It took twice as long to get the damn thing reinstalled back together again !

It just seems so damn rare, these days, that you have a truly "good" experience. I had one earlier today, that's about all I can say. I'm happy, happy, happy.

I told the guy about this forum and said I have no idea how many folks from Maryland have or will ever trip upon this site ... but damn it ... If you live in Maryland, near Catonsville, Owings Mills or Bel Air .........

Call "Sound Solutions". Their Bel Air phone number is 410-877-7230.

OK ... now I did what I said I would do .........

BUT, let's think about this. It took him 3 or 4 minutes in daylight to get the damn radio out. I was fascinated watching him do it. Never could have figured out how ( much like the disassembly of my Sears Kenmore washing machine last month ) How much less time would a thief take ? And, really, who the Hell really would want to steal the damn thing in the first place?

I query whether this "Security" aspect of our Honda was for the "security" of our physical asset ( the radio ) or for the "security" of Honda and/or Honda affiliate's financial future cash flow ?

I have a '98 Corvette that we rarely take out of the garage. It has a "security" system as well. In fact, it must draw a bit more power than the Honda to keep it going. Time goes by ( too quickly it seems ) and I've forgotten to go out and start it up ( it IS our fair weather car, you should know ! ... Wouldn't want rain to fall upon it unless unavoidable .. with 14K miles ) and the battery has gone dead twice on me. So, I've put in two new batteries. Did I have a problem with some silly radio code to make it work again ? NO !!!! There is no such "code" ! The "security" system is for if someone tries to break into the damn car and steal the freek'in automobile ... not the radio ! And, if anyone thinks that the gosh darn Honda factory installed radio is better than our radio in the Corvette ... You must be smoke'in crack !

Sometimes, I am caused to ponder ... "Who really won WW-II" ?

That's my story ... and I'm "stick'in to it" !

60) Posted by: Ken
May 7, 2004 5:55 PM

I had my aftermarket JVC MP3/CD stereo deck stolen out of my car and decided to put the factory stock stereo back in and got the code error. So I punched in what I thought would be the code a few times but of course I was wrong each time. The stereo locked up so I did some digging on the Internet.

I ended up calling the local dealership. They asked me to drive in with my license, proof of vehicle ownership and the radio. They punched the reference # and the serial # into a computer and it looked up the code; took about 5 minutes. No charge for anything (probably because the radio was already out and they didn't have to do any real work).

Some posts suggested disconnecting the battery and then crossing the leads to do some kind of reset. Instead of messing with the battery leads I just pulled the fuse for the radio for a few seconds and then put it back in and didn't have to wait to punch in new codes (or it could have been that I disconnected the entire radio again).

I didn't find any code posted anywhere within my vehicle either (VIN last 5 digits, under fuse box or glove compartment); Honda Accord EX-R.

Hope this helps someone...

61) Posted by: tlo
May 12, 2004 5:11 PM

anyone have any luck getting the stereo out to grab the serial and reference numbers? I'm having trouble opening up the centre console. i really don't wanna scratch it up. btw, i have a honda civic 2001. any help would be greatly appreciated.

62) Posted by: dave
May 14, 2004 10:14 PM

i have a 99 honda crv and it doesnt have the cd player only tape deck. my battery went dead a few times and when i jumped the car it never asked me for a code. does this mean that the tape deck doesnt have the anti theft code feature? and i have read many complaints and replies and it seems as though the dealer will anly charge you to take the radio out just to get the radio serial number. i suggest that you take it out yourself save lots of money and go to the dealer. now i know about this feature/problem if my radio ever does fuck up i will know what to do thanks.


63) Posted by: dave
May 14, 2004 10:23 PM

copy and paste:

i found this website that has detailed instructions to remove your honda/accord radio. it has pictures color cordination dots and everything you need to do it without hassle and damaging your dash.

check it out


64) Posted by: Kevin
May 15, 2004 8:18 AM

I bought a used '99 Accord from a non-Honda dealership back in August. After requesting the "code", the service manager said "Go up the street to the Honda dealership, they'll give it to you.", At which I should have just walked out of that dealership, but I really liked the car,and it had low miles. Anyhow, I never thought I'd need the code, until my alternator went out on me. Sure enough, no code, no luck. Called the original dealer that sold the car, about 350 miles away, and was told they didn't still have the info. in their computers, but they we're very helpful. Looked in the 2 places he told me too, the glove box and the under hood fuse box, no dice. I guess this is just a good excuse for me to throw my ond Sony in, it sounds 10x better anyways, and WILL play burnt c.d.'s. I'll probably find the code after pulling out the stereo, and on eBay the stereo will go. Thanks for all the help with the postings, got alot of great info.

65) Posted by: dave
May 17, 2004 3:56 AM

i been doing some thinking about this code thing and honda charging you like 100 dollars to get it.

1)honda doesnt need to take the radio out to see of the radio is stolen.

2)if you prove to honda that you are who you say that you are they can look in your records and give you the code that origonally came with the car you bought and there is no need to see if the radio was stolen you cant steal from yourself. if they would just give you the code that is in your records and if it works then great if not then it may not be the radio that came with the car by which case you wouldnt be going into honda in the first place.

3)i think that honda looks in your records for the code puts it in the radio and makes the radio work again then charges you for work they didnt even do. if the code works in that radio then it is the radio that came with that car, and if it doesnt work then the radio may be stolen. so my guess is that they check the code first and 9 times out of ten it works which means that the radio cant be stolen from the car it was origionally installed in.

4)if someone brings in a ford with a honda radio then common sense means that the radio is either stolen or sold.

if i bring my car into honda and they want to know if the radio is stolen i would say bullshit just give me the code that came with the car and not the radio.

if honda uses the same code for every radio of the same model then the theft thing is useless cause anyone can get the code of a radio that isnt stolen and use it in one that is stolen.

does this makes any sense to you.

66) Posted by: Walter
May 20, 2004 5:08 PM

haha i was reading for about 2 hours, i did everything i could think of honda, wanted to charge me 75$ to tell, sound solutions was 30$, i said fuck it, ill get it out of honda one way or another. so i happen to stumble across the original owner of my cars name and where he bought it from, so i call them, give them his name only and i bought it there a 4 years ago. boom code inc, took me a total of 45 seconds on the phone. no charge. and i agree honda doesnt need to take out the radio, give me the code for the car, not the radio. so anyway ill still proably get a new radio, but still i thought of a truimphant in my favor! and btw no sticker was anywhere in my car with this code in it, ill do some # aliasing later and post if i find anything

67) Posted by: Johanna
May 21, 2004 4:17 PM

Stereo Code:
I bought a used 2000 Honda CRV and the guy told me the sticker inside the glove box was the code "just in case." My battery died thus needing the secret code. Well, the code in the glove box wasn't the code for the stereo but it was the serial number and I called the Honda dealer near me in VA and they wanted $90 since I didn't buy the car there and said it would take a couple hours since I had to bring it in so they could put it on some machine. Buncha bull.
After looking at this forum I contacted the service department of Open Road Honda in NJ and gave them the serial number and I got a code in a few minutes. Problem solved.

68) Posted by: Sciii_Fiii
May 25, 2004 1:25 AM

After changing the battery in our 2000 honda civic we ran into the same problem! My wife tried entering random codes into the stereo, after 9 times the digital display said "error" After reading the owners manual she discovered that the car and stereo now have to be on for 1 hour before we can attempt to enter the correct code. After 1 hour the display should reset to where the digital display will ask for the code again. Hope this helps everyone!

69) Posted by: george michellen
May 25, 2004 12:17 PM

i finally hacked the honda's code!!! its very long but it worked for me you have 3 minutes to put about 50 numbers in so try it out!!!

here is it...:
u have 3 minutes so do this fast as possible...i notice when u are putting in the code the word code dissapears slowly....

70) Posted by: dave
May 27, 2004 7:20 PM

George will this code work for any/all honda radios???

or maybe it works for your model number

anyways does honda have a code protect on the tape deck only honda radios?
im not worried about it cause i dont think my radio has code protect?

71) Posted by: Iolanthe
May 29, 2004 12:10 PM

Thanks to Tim's response to Brandon, I looked in my glove box and there was a sticker with the radio serial number. I called the dealer I use for maintenance and was given the code right away. I was getting ready to pull the dash and take out the stereo. Thanks to the posting by TIm I avoided any work! My dealership also said if you try the code and it doesn't work, to disconnect the battery for about 10 minutes, reconnect and try again. I guess this resets the radio to accept the code. Good luck all!!!

72) Posted by: Andrew
June 2, 2004 2:46 PM

I happend to read this article before i purchased a 2004 honda civic(with the anti-theft feature) and asked them for the code before i left the lot, they at first acted as if my car didnt have a antitheft code and when i said that i used to own one and i need a code or ill have to go thru the crap you fellas went thru, he told me that the "new" models codes work different and that they only need a code when the dash is open, which would void the warranty so i better not do that, and that they cant obtain the code till the first 3 payments are made. after i made the required payments i called up having a similar situation as the first poster here had, he said that if i come down and verify that i am myself he will gladly give me the code, for 95$!!!!!!! i told him i asked the dealer before for the code and he couldnt give it to me for the nunber of reasons i mentioned above, and that i WILL NOT pay 100 for a reason that the dealer told me WOULD NOT set it off, "because this years model is different" BS! i told them that i know of many lawyers that would be glad to take this case, of lying to a customer holding back codes that i OWN, he gave m,e the code for free and gave me a years worth of oil changes free. EVERY 1K miles here i come!

73) Posted by: Pappu
June 7, 2004 7:16 PM

I happened to change the battery and got to the same issue that you guys are discussing here: CD-CODE. I called my honda dealer where i bought my car. He just asked me the last 8 digit of VIN and immly he gave the code. Now, CD is unlocked. It was just few sec :-). I guess, it all depends of the dealer.
Moreover, the CD was in state "Err4". Still the code was accepted.
Good luck.

74) Posted by: hondacanbiteme
June 8, 2004 3:37 PM

I have a 2003 Odyssey and had the same problems described above. My wife kept every scrap of paper they gave us none of which had any serial numbers or unlock codes on them.
The dealer wanted $86.00 to "remove the stereo and take it apart to get its serial number". Hogwash. The 5-digit code was right on the left outside panel of the glovebox and it worked like a charm. I'm sure the dealer is well aware of this but has no problem scamming $86 everytime they can.

75) Posted by: Dave
June 12, 2004 12:15 AM

hey Andrew if i were you i would have told the dealer that i will take my business to another dealer. i dont know about where you are from but here in san diego we have like 10 of each kind of dealers where i can buy my car all within near driving distance. if a dealer gives me a problem then i will just walk out and go somewhere else. most of the dealers here get their cars from the same inventory lot.

76) Posted by: Hartwig Schmidt
June 20, 2004 11:45 AM

Hallo, Ich bin Hart Schmidt.

77) Posted by: Mike
June 23, 2004 11:16 PM

I had the same problem with the code. I took the unit out myself and got the serial number, called the dealer and they gave me the code over the phone. Unfortunately, now when I plug the unit back in, the anti-theft light starts blinking but when I turn the unit on, nothing happens. No message to enter the code, nothing. Is there some magical combination of things I need to do to get the power to at least come on? I was very careful when taking the unit out and reinstalling.

78) Posted by: Walter Middleton
June 24, 2004 12:07 AM

I purchased a Honda factory tape and CD player for my 1992 Accord
Now that I have installed the unit it does nothing but raise and lower the power antenna. It does not ask for a code or anything else. What up with Honda tape players? Please Helppppppp!

79) Posted by: Victor Garfield
June 26, 2004 10:36 AM

I bought a Honda 2004. I couldn't find a sticker code anywhere in the Vehicle. I called the dealership and all they asked for were the last 8 digits of the VIN number. They didn't ask for my name etc... I was surprised how simple the code number was. Here is the number - 210-680-3371. The Dealer is called Gunn Honda. They're based in Texas.
Good Luck.

80) Posted by: Jerry
June 26, 2004 7:47 PM

Found the code for my 1996 Acura Integra inscribed on the bottom of the ashtray (on the outside not inside) which I had to pop out to read, but it came right out with no troubles.. It was actually scratched into the plastic. I am not the original owner, so I do not know who etched the code on it...

81) Posted by: mathew
July 11, 2004 4:26 AM

on my 97 accord the CD player code is on the door ... HINT HINT

82) Posted by: Drew
July 14, 2004 12:27 PM

I have Honda 95 Accord LX V-6 8/95. I lost power on car and my radio does not work. I need code. can any one help . Deler wants $60 for pulling radio and get serial number to obtain code. I think it is ripoff. thanks.

83) Posted by: Bug
July 15, 2004 1:05 AM

WHOOOHOOO!!! I'm so happy I found this site! I saw the posts about the sticker on the glove compartment, grabbed a flashlight, opened the glove compartment, looked at the outside of the left panel and voila! -- there was a white sticker with two numbers on it. I punched the top number into my stereo and "Elvis has left the ballpark" - music!! I have a 2002 Odyssey BTW. THANKS SO MUCH!!!! My family is heading to LA tomorrow and my three boys will be thankful that they'll be able to watch their Spongebob DVD with stereo sound! I'm ready, I'm ready, I'm ready, I'm ready...

84) Posted by: zacman
July 16, 2004 11:13 AM

Thanks for the info ( I read ALL the postings). I called the dealership first before finding this page and they gave me the run around ( and didnt know what "code" i needed). I then looked thru all my receipts / manual /etc....and found nothing. LUCKILY, I found this website and started looking in glove box / fuse panel / coin tray / engine fuse box..and finally found my 5 digit code !! THANK YOU !

on the newer hondas (mid 90's to 2004) it seems to be placed somewhere on the car ( see above locations).

i WOULD suggest that if you cant find the code....and have to spend over a 100 dollars....DONT. JUST TAKE THE CRAPPY RADIO OUT AND GO DOWN TO BEST BUY / CIRCUIT CITY AND BUY A CD / RADIO FOR 100 BUCKS AND HAVE THEM INSTALL IT FOR FREE ....( WITH THE CAR RADIO KIT they will have to use to put in should cost around $130.00 and you will never have to deal with the CODE THING again !!

I was about to do that ...but looked around my car first for the code..and found it.

I was VERY close to having my car radio replaced with a new cd / radio!

its about the same damn price for a new radio as going to the dealer to get "code" for about 100 bucks !!

Honda is full of CRAP !! luckily their cars run forever.....and that is their only saving grace.


85) Posted by: Daniel
July 17, 2004 4:59 PM

Thanks for all the tips. I just bought a '01 Honda Accord and I had the same problem. I guess when they were cleaing the car they disconnected the battery and the CD player had the CODE error message. I took it in to the Honda dealership and they found the cound underneath the coin tray near the stearing wheel, typed in the code, and presto! The CD player worked. They didn't charge me a cent!

86) Posted by: Keveroo
July 18, 2004 4:15 AM

A quick little story for you guy. I Wanted a CD player in the car. A Honda ISA3 stereo was fitted which had radio and tape only. Went to buy a stereo with MP3 CD capabilities from Halford currently with free fitting. Asked how long to fit a stereo to my car and was told about 20 minutes, thought that was great so I checked out the stereos. Picked one out and saw the man again, he said lets look at your car. After looking he said I'll have to leave it with them for the full day as he'll have to strip the full dash board out. I at this point I declined as I didn't have a full day to be without a car.
I have changed my mind since looking on the internet and decided to add a MP3 CD multidisc (Alpine CHA-S634)to the Honda ISA3 stereo and will attempt to fit it my self. I'm so sure it will not take me a full day however the dash needs to come appart which I have not instuction on and I expect this will be the worst part. The wiring is solder free and wire cutting free just plugs which convert to the miltidisc. I'll keep you posted on how well it goes.

Kind Regards

87) Posted by: Michelle
July 19, 2004 7:14 PM

Hmmmm. Here's a new twist on a familiar story. I have the card with the code number for my radio. I've had to use it a few times over the years ('97 del Sol Si). Always works perfectly. Not this time. I unhooked the battery to clean the terminals over the weekend. Now the code doesn't work. Nothing I do seems to work. No radio. Any ideas about this situation?

88) Posted by: Kevaroo
July 21, 2004 3:35 PM

Found out today what I thought was a Alpine stereo in my Honda Accord 2001 is actually a Sony. Adding a multi disc player on to this now costs double what it was would have been with the Alpine.

Kind Regards

89) Posted by: Gene
July 22, 2004 4:25 PM

I followed the instructions of Brandon in message #25. My 1998 Honda accord ex code was on the inside glovebox door. The code was 5 numbers on white tape, located on the rightside. Thank you for the information

90) Posted by: Viro
July 22, 2004 6:00 PM

I`m having tha same problem with the CD player of my CRV`99, but what is worth is that i`m in Honduras, far away from a dealer service, can some one help me giving me a tip about how can I have the radio code.
Estoy teniendo el mismo problema con el CD player de mi CRV`99, pero lo peor del caso es que estoy en Honduras lejos de algun distribuidos, puede alguien ayudarme dandome una forma de como obtener el codigo del radio.

91) Posted by: Sureka
July 31, 2004 12:13 PM

Thanks guys for the suggestion. I did exactly as you all said. I disconnected the -ve side of the battery and reconnected it after a couple of seconds and when i started my Acura Integra(98model), it asked me for a code and as soon as I entered the code(Which I found on the left hand side of the glove box), my cd player started working!!!!. Thank you.

92) Posted by: james
August 3, 2004 8:56 AM

thanks guys%dolls have a 97 honda accord solutions very helpful saved me lots of time and bucks.

93) Posted by: dennis
August 4, 2004 3:49 PM

My daughter has a 94 Prelude and also did not have the code,she had gotten the code 8 months ago from the dealer where the original owners purchased the car.When i called them all i had was the vin# and he tried the last 4 digits to retrieve the code but said it wouldn"t work.I looked everywhere and could not locate the code .I found a site that said to remove the radio all you needed was a flat blade screwdriver to pop the front plate off the radio and then remove 4 screws to pull it out.Well they were half right.You have to remove the front part of the console(not bad)then you can remove the screws and radio.I had to get the serial # and called the dealer back and he gave me the CODE 25411 ,I"m going to try it today and will let ya'll know,I can guarantee you the code is going to be plastered all over this car!Hope this helps someone.P.S. When my daughter called yesterday,they told her they didn"t give out the code.She probaly talked to the receptionist,i asked for the service dept.---GOOD LUCK!

94) Posted by: dennis
August 5, 2004 2:03 PM

Code worked,thanx for the help!

95) Posted by: Lisa
August 5, 2004 3:13 PM

I have a 1998 Honda CR-V. I have searched numerous places such as the glove box, fuse box, ash tray, EVERYWHERE! I did not purchase my car from a Honda dealership, it was Ford and I can not get help anywhere. I did find a serial number in the glove box but no code number. Can someone help!!!

96) Posted by: suds
August 7, 2004 12:59 PM

I entered the code wrong few times. Now I am entering the right code for my 1995 Honda radio no response and still it displays code sign . Any ideas?. Is there a second chance for entering the code?.

97) Posted by: Helcat
August 9, 2004 8:05 PM

Hey suds and everyone else with the same problem I had:

I futzed around trying to guess the code, then found it written down in my manual (from when I had this problem two years ago.)

But then the damn thing wouldn't accept the code, probably because I had made too many false tries.

I had my local garage guy disconnect the black terminal on the battery for a half a minute, then reconnected it. The stereo accepted the code on the first try! (I think you have to punch in the (in my case) four digit code and then push the fifth button. The radio came on immediately.

Thank you all for the help and venting! It was nice to know I wasn't the only one in a mess.

98) Posted by: Mario
August 11, 2004 9:17 PM


99) Posted by: Joe Richardson
August 23, 2004 4:57 PM

I had to replace my battery on 99 Accord (v6). I had the radio code, but my kids pushed buttons before I could enter the code. Didn't want to disconnect the battery again, so I called the local Honda dealer. You can reset the radio without disconnecting the battery. In the main fuse box under the hood (against firewall on passenger side), just remove the 40 amp "Backup/Acc" fuse for about thirty seconds, reinstall, turn key to on, turn on radio, enter code.
For those people who don't know your code, you can get three attempts before needing to pull the fuse again...Not too bad if you have some time on your hands...

100) Posted by: Dean Rohrer
August 23, 2004 8:28 PM

No charge for code (32253). I came across the infamous stereo code scenario with my 2000 honda accord. after reading many of these postings I thought I would also have to pay 60 to 100 dollars to remove the stereo but that is far from true. After calling American Honda in Denver,CO I was told that the serial # needed to obtain the code was located in one of many places all over the car.
All codes will be located on a white sticker with 10 digits/letters.
1.inside glove box 2.on drivers door 3. under coin tray 4.under lid of center console 5.on trunk hinges 6.near rear speakers in trunk. (mine was in glove box)
After calling my local honda dealer with the serial # they gave me the code over the phone 32253.

101) Posted by: Brad
August 24, 2004 3:17 PM

I bought my 1996 used 2.5 yrs ago, the code is on a little sticker in the manual. You put it on a card and keep it in your wallet. I remember mine by heart now though. I think if you raised enough hell, you might not have to pay it. Good luck to all.

102) Posted by: amol
August 28, 2004 7:17 PM

i guess another way is to get your oil changed at the honda dealer and and mention as a matter of fact that you need the code; of course some smart 'service advisor' will tell you that it takes one hour and dismantling the radio to get the serial number- then bam; give those slinky bas%$#^@ the number. watch their grins go off, while the get that code. these guys can get it in 2 minutes.

103) Posted by: William
August 30, 2004 3:26 AM

This site give u free info of how to removed Honda radio. Get the serial # and Honda dealer will give u the code for free. I got my free this way.

104) Posted by: shatan
August 30, 2004 8:29 PM

will a honda tech please just post the code generating program on the net somewhere....

105) Posted by: Andrew Pina
September 1, 2004 4:27 PM

98 Honda CRV Stereo Code......Found under the Fuse Box Cover-Under your Hood. Remove Fuse Box Cover, which is just one clip, and you will find 2 plain white stickers with #s on them. Of course you will only need the one with the 5 digits.
If you have already attempted to inpute code #s, you will need to disconnect the neg. battery cable. You can place it back on within 5 seconds. ENJOY YOUR MUSIC AGAGIN! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! !

106) Posted by: Michael
September 5, 2004 4:22 AM

I have a 1992 Honda Accord EX four door that was recently broken into. I block I live on has cameras so the whole thing was caught on tape. The thief got in from the passenger side by jarring the lock. He was only in the car for a matter of seconds and all he did was pop the trunk and take a couple of items. However, I can't start my car at all. The battery is working but the engine won't turn over. I was wondering if anyone knew if Honda has some sort of security feature that would prevent the car from starting once broken into. I don't have any alarm systems installed.

107) Posted by: Coralee
September 7, 2004 12:29 PM

I called the Honda dealership where I live. They said that if I call them with the Serial Nimber on the back of the deck, they can give me the code just over the phone for FREE!!! If you can get someone to remove your deck for you, it's a free process!!!

108) Posted by: Dawn Fields
September 9, 2004 7:09 PM

I have a '94 Honda Civic and I need the code or someone to simply expalin the best way to get it free ............

109) Posted by: Shaudetta Bond
September 10, 2004 11:52 AM

Well I have finally come to terms with the "Code Problem". I had electrical work done on my 95 Honda Accord and they disconnected my battery and the radio says "Code". Huh? Code? I had never heard of this before. So I called my local Honda dealer here in College Park, Maryland. Well they want to charge me $69 bucks to pull the deck out and get the serial number. I said hell no. So I tracked down the original dealer which is in Charlotte, NC and the service guy asked for the last 6 digits of my VIN. He punches it in his computer and tells me that he doesn't have any record of the code or the car ever being purchased from them. I said excuse me, your dealer's sticker is on my car and the manual has your dealership listed on it. I bought the car from the original owner. He said he couldn't help me.

Well after reading the above postings I'm going to give it a try and look in my glovebox, ashtray, etc. I will let you know if I have any luck. Good luck to anyone with this problem. I will make sure I warn all my friends who own Honda's and Acura's to beware.

110) Posted by: fgajfhakjfhd
September 10, 2004 5:26 PM


111) Posted by: Dahisar East
September 11, 2004 10:56 PM

Honda-Civic-EX-1999 Same code problem.

My dealer sucks. He is not willing to get me the code using the VIN. Probably has the greed of making 100 bucks out of me. I might have to get him the serial number.

I tried a lot of different places but couldn't locate the code. Also tried removing the deck but invain. There are a couple of cables behind the panel that I'm unable to remove especially the one that connectd the emergency light button. And could only get the *Model Number* (number format is #####-A##-A##). Is this the serial number by any chance? I guess I'll have to spend more time removing my CD player.

By any chance, what is the format of this serial number? How long is it?

Thank you all for your invaluable insights and experiences.

112) Posted by: John Zielke
September 12, 2004 9:51 PM

1998 Accord EX V6. I replaced the battery three years ago, no problem with the "code" error then. However, I did run into this issue this past Friday. I was ready to call the dealer tomorrow (Monday) to get this fixed until I ran into this site. Thanks to everyone who has mentioned looking for the white sticker! I found mine on the underside of my trunk lid. The sticker had two sets of numbers, one five digit set on top (the radio code) and another set below. I entered in the five digits and the radio came on. Once again, thanks for the information.

113) Posted by: Burton
September 14, 2004 12:47 PM

Found my code in the trunk on the lid with the label ID CODE:45116...worked like a charm. Hope this helps anyone

114) Posted by: Roy
September 17, 2004 1:52 AM

okay, I found my card and actually my 2002 Honda Accord came with a "Anti-Theft Radio Identification Card" with my code number.

Now my CD player reads: ErrE

I put the code in and nothing happens. My battery did not nor did I have any work done on it. It just stopped working for some reason. I have been trying to figure out how to fix it. Any help?

115) Posted by: John
September 17, 2004 6:18 PM

I had the same problem with my radio. I bought my 1999 Honda CRV, EX used and the radio had a code error. I could not find the code in the owner's manual. I thought perhaps the previous wrote the code there somewhere. I called my local dealer who infomred me that I would have to remove the radio and get the serial number and then go down there and they would provide the code to me. He suggested that Honda also puts the code under the fuse box that is located under the hood or in the luggage compartment. I found the code in the luggage compartment. I had to leave the system on for about a hour so that the radio reseted itself. I then entered the code and the darn thing worked.

116) Posted by: Tim
September 19, 2004 5:25 PM

I had the same problem everyone else did with the radio code after I replaced my battery. I found the serial # sticker on the door of the glove compartment, so I didn't need to pull the radio out. But I didn't want to shell out cash for the code. Fortunately, as I was digging through the glove compartment, I found a plastic card called "Anti-Theft Radio Identification Card". On the card was a single sticker with two lines. The top line had the five digit code, the bottom had the serial number. The code worked when I punched it in, even though I was on "Err 8".

117) Posted by: CJ
September 21, 2004 7:55 PM

Called the 800 number that was given on this site. Told me that I would have to go to the dealship for assistance. Told him that they wanted to charge me. Told him Honda should pay for it, since this problem was anti customer. He said Honda's reply would be that someone had to misplace the number since they know that they put it in the glovebox or manual. Told him we had searched the car and the manual over and no code to be found. Told him about the numerous complaints on the website and that was were I got the number to call. So everyone, give them a call. They have caused us a big headache, lets give them one too! 1 800 999-1009 use option 5 (questions you may have about your honda)!

118) Posted by: Oleg
September 23, 2004 8:30 PM

How do I enter number greater than "6"???

Thank you!

119) Posted by: Baxter
September 25, 2004 4:14 PM

I've tried all over my car to find this code! UGH! Someone said before (who also has a 99' CRV) that the code is in the trunk...anyone know where it lies within the trunk? Ive checked just about everywhere!

120) Posted by: kraiwoot
September 25, 2004 9:21 PM

I called my dealer at weymouth honda, ma, he put me hold for 40 minute twice in order to get radio code. Then, he told me to bring car to him and he will charge for 80$. I am so sick of honda.

121) Posted by: Brandon
September 27, 2004 9:53 PM

HA!! This is great. I just bought my 2000 Accord from a Chevy dealership and found my stereo locked. I asked the Honda dealer and they told me it'd be $75. No way will I pay that. I checked the glove box and the fuse panels. Nothing. Finally I looked on the doorjam and there was a random white sticker with 5 digits. I tried it and it worked. This is great and it didn't cost me anything.

122) Posted by: Michaels
September 30, 2004 1:00 AM

I Have a 97 honda accord se with a single cd player. the radio works fine but when you insert a cd a get a code of P-OE. Does anyone knows what this means.

123) Posted by: Brian Marshall
September 30, 2004 3:07 PM

Look through all your owner's papers. I found my unlock code on my owner's delivery checklist, no label attached to it, just the number. I tried the number just for the heck of it, and it worked. I would never have guessed it. So look for a number with digits 1-6 only. WHen you get it, write it in your owner's manual. As an aside, no more Honda's for me either. I love the Odyssey, but can't stand the idiot maintenance light. My Toyota doesn't have one, and it is just as good a car.

124) Posted by: Everett
October 5, 2004 12:57 AM

My wife recently had her battery replaced. After losing use of her stereo and attempting to guess at a code three times, she told me about the problem. Google led me to this site, which was a real blessing. The collective knowledge on this page covers possibly every solution to the lost code problem. After much reading, I located the code on the vehicle (near the trunk hinge) and successfully entered it into the stereo.

Thank you for having maintaining this site. To save time and spare frustration for future Honda-owners who visit, I have a few suggestions for how information may be organized.

Right up front, list the places in the vehicle (and in vehicle documentation) one should look for his or her code. Keep this panel fixed at the top of the page. At the bottom of the location list, have links to how to obtain the code from a dealer and how to get third-party service for this problem. Under the location list panel, the bottom of the page could continue as a scrollable bulletin board for posts relevant to this solution.

The "get a code from a dealer" page could be organized similarly, with a fixed panel listing recommendations at the top of the page, a link to third-party service options following, and a scrollable bulletin board for relevant posts at the bottom of the page. A prevention link would be a great place to collect the information such as the "Memory Saver" solution.

Thanks again for maintaining this site.

125) Posted by: Mark
October 6, 2004 5:16 PM


Most Honda dealerships are fed up with this problem..

If you take out the deck yourself and get the serial # off of the unit, all you have to do is make a trip down with registration in hand and they will give you the code on the spot for free..

If one doesn't won't do it, call around until you find one that will.. that simple.

best way to get the deck out?

Follow the free step by step instructions..

Will cost you a trip down but hopefull you will only have to do this once as afterwords you should be smart enough to not lose it again!

126) Posted by: Zack Kummer
October 8, 2004 8:10 PM

Summary of Honda's Radio Code:

If the radio is stolen, you need a code to use it. The code is only viewable upon removal of the sterio, and is writen on the actual part they steal.

Why this was done:

To get you to buy another overpriced Honda battery from your Honda dealership.

127) Posted by: JOVONNA
October 16, 2004 5:42 PM


128) Posted by: Brad
October 16, 2004 6:46 PM

Here is what you need to do.

1. Get the serial number from the stereo. Its either a sticker on the inside / outside glove box left side or on inside panel engine fuse box or ash tray. It starts with an MXXXXXXX. If you can't find the serial number for stereo, you have to remove the unit and it should be on the bottom of the unit. I have a plastic space underneath my radio so I just popped it out and read the serial without removine.

2. Call dealership and give serial, takes 30 seconds, they give you the code. If they tell you to come in just hang up on them, call another dealership until they give it to you over the phone. Thanks for the great security Honda! 100% frustration, 0% secure.

129) Posted by: Brad
October 16, 2004 6:49 PM

Last thing I forgot.
3. Write the code in the back page of your owners manual (where you should have written the phone number for your local dealership). The next owner will appreciate this.

130) Posted by: WNA
October 17, 2004 3:27 PM

I have the same question as Oleg - How do you enter a number GT 6? I have the code written down. it has a 7 and a 9!

118) Posted by: Oleg (xx.143.0.162)
September 23, 2004 08:30 PM

How do I enter number greater than "6"???

Thank you!

131) Posted by: mojo
October 20, 2004 10:39 PM

man.... fuckin honda and their tricks i swear... well luckly i tracked down the owner of the veichle prior to me... he gave it to me but i need to look in the places you all said just to see if i could have done that instead....... i would post the code but like some one said the codes are diff.

132) Posted by: Sunil
October 21, 2004 11:45 PM

My wife entered wrong code a few times and now the radio on my Odyssey is showing ErrE. I have found the correct code card. However now the radio does not allow me enter anything. How do I reset the Radio?

133) Posted by: LaurenM
October 22, 2004 1:32 PM

Thanks to everyone who posted comments on this site. My battery died last night in my 2003 Accord. After I charged the battery and fired the car up this a.m. to go to work, discovered that I had no radio/cd. It was a very quiet ride to work. I never, in a million years, would have found the CODE in the glove box...but I did and it WORKS!!! Thank You.

134) Posted by: Miguel Carreto
October 25, 2004 9:41 AM

I been driving my car over a year already, without music, because I don't have a code for my Honda Acccord sedan EX, it is really stupid that you need to have a f--- code, my frieds have had the same problem, and they told me that I have to pay to get back the code, what stupid thing is that

135) Posted by: Eli Glaser
October 25, 2004 11:22 PM

Thanks yall! Replaced the battery on my 2000 Civic this weekend - of course the dreaded COde appeared. I called a few dealers, they wanted between $75 and $100 to take out the radio and get the code. I found it under the fuse box cover next to the battery - the radio serial number and the code. Tried the code, worked like a charm.

Thanks again!

136) Posted by: Suciawan
October 27, 2004 7:59 PM

Just wondeirng, for those who found their serial number. What was the format of the code? I found several codes at in my glove compartment. And I can't figure out which one is the radio serial number.

137) Posted by: terry
October 28, 2004 4:34 PM

Thanks for the postings on the code subject. Like the rest of you I had the same problems and very angry at Honda. I got lucky, I called the car dealer where I bought my used Honda Accord...gave my name....they looked up the information and gave me the code in about 30 hassle and no charge. This was not even a Honda Dealership.

138) Posted by: Sara
October 29, 2004 8:22 PM

The battery died on the Honda today. My husband, being the pessimist he always is, was ranting and raving on how we were going to have to fork over 60 bucks to have this problem fixed. I got online and found this website. Thanks to you guys I found My serial number in the glovebox. Since it was 7:30 pm here in NC I called out to a random west coast dealership knowing it would still be working hours.The service lady tried to tell me I would have to bring it in and pay the obligiotory $85 to have My radio yanked out. When I told her I had the serial number she connected me with parts who gave me the code no problem. So thank you to all of you for the help

139) Posted by: jerry
October 31, 2004 8:15 PM

2000 civic with battery change. owner's manual says dealer (should) provide new owner with card with radio code #. please contact your dealer/salesperson asap for code #. radio serial # can be found on newer models on stickers inside trunklid, or possibly other locations indicated in previous comments at this web site. for sure there should be a sticker on the radio if you have the patience to get to it........if you get....... CODE this.....simply........REMOVE..THE..NEGATIVE..CABLE..FROM..THE BATTERY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!RECONECT..RELAX..RE-ENTER THE CODE..have a nice day....i hope it didn't take too long to find this info.

140) Posted by: Lee
November 3, 2004 9:42 AM

Same thing happened to me on my 2002 RSX... But, I discovered a little tip on how to get your serial number without pulling the radio!

1. Turn the key to the on position
2. Turn radio on, so that the word "code" appears
3. Turn the radio off
4. Press and hold the #1 and #6 preset buttons for 3 seconds
5. Release buttons, and turn on radio
6. Your serial number will appear! It will be in the form U:#### and then L####... Your serial number is the 4 digits after the U and the four digits after the L
7. Call Acura/Honda dealer and have them look up your radio code.

Please note that this worked for my 02 RSX, but may not work for all Honda/Acura vehicles... Hope this helps!!!!

141) Posted by: Lon
November 3, 2004 11:29 AM

I've got a 2002 honda civic. I've read through all the comments here, and I'm glad so many of you have found the code. I however have not. I have tried all sides of the glove compartment, the trunk, sides of the doors, change compartment, hinges... no white stickers besides the vin #. and it's not hte last 5 digits of my vin# because it has 9s.. which i wouldn't be able to put in. Does anyone else have any suggestions?

Other specific locations that it might be for that model?
Free detailed instructions on removing the radio for this model?
Other resolutions?

I totally appreciate it,

142) Posted by: Pen0r
November 3, 2004 9:41 PM

Remember that the preset buttons on your unit are from 1 to 6 so look up on your VIN # the last five numbers between 1 and 6.
that worked for me (65221) 2000 civic

good luck

143) Posted by: dave
November 4, 2004 1:47 PM

Thanks, everyone! I was able to find my code in the trunk after a break-in.

144) Posted by: Ryan
November 5, 2004 1:08 AM

Wow, there are a lot of pissed off people here. I personally dont own a honda but am instead looking for solutions for the same problem for a co- worker. I tell ya I hope this will be useful. I have like half a notebook full of possible remedies. I agree with a few of the comments made here. I would definately call honda and let them know this really sucks. I mean every honda employee, and mechanic and dealership employee probably clocks out each day and drives home listening to their favorite songs. It kinda sucks that you guys cannot partake in this simple joy. Well good luck folks.

Peace out

145) Posted by: Tim
November 6, 2004 7:25 PM

Great help from here, but I am still having problems with my code. I had to go to a dealer to get it, but I at least had my serial number. Problem is that the code isnt accepted. I even tried to disconnect the battery to reset it but it still doesnt work. I may have gotten the wrong code or even the wrong serial number (which I found in my glove compartment). Anyone have any other ideas of what could be wrong or how to fix it?

146) Posted by: Gary
November 8, 2004 6:26 PM

I changed the battery on my honda 2000 CRV, afterwards the radio wouldn't work. Took it back to the original dealer, Crystal Lake Honda, they looked up my record & said "you don't bring your Honda here for service...will have to pull the radio and get the serial number, the charge will be $90. WHAT A RIP OFF..I called Honda and told them this is the last Honda I buy. The dealer never gave me the serial number or the code, why should he since he's sure I will eventually have to change the battery. I went to a local repair shop. Sharp Auto in Island Lake, IL, they charged me $45,pulled the radio, called honda got the code and reset my radio. More people need to contact Honda, this should be illegal...

147) Posted by: sol
November 9, 2004 12:37 PM

I have an 01 civic ex and my battery went dead too and they also wanted about 100 bucks to fix it for me. I called a different honda store in my area and the guy was really cool. This is what he told me to do and it worked. Disconnect your negative cable for about 30 seconds then reconnect it. Turn your car to on (but don't turn it on) and make sure your radio is powered off. Hold down the 1 and the 6 on your stereo, then turn the stereo power on. You should see 2 sets of one letter and four numbers flash on the display. The first five will flash, then the second five. Write them down, call your service dept. and they should give you the code over the phone. No pulling out the stereo or anything. Hope it helps.

148) Posted by: sol
November 9, 2004 12:37 PM

I have an 01 civic ex and my battery went dead too and they also wanted about 100 bucks to fix it for me. I called a different honda store in my area and the guy was really cool. This is what he told me to do and it worked. Disconnect your negative cable for about 30 seconds then reconnect it. Turn your car to on (but don't turn it on) and make sure your radio is powered off. Hold down the 1 and the 6 on your stereo, then turn the stereo power on. You should see 2 sets of one letter and four numbers flash on the display. The first five will flash, then the second five. Write them down, call your service dept. and they should give you the code over the phone. No pulling out the stereo or anything. Hope it helps.

149) Posted by: J
November 10, 2004 2:21 AM


I have read almost every entry on this page because I had the same issue as everyone who disconnected their battery. I called a Honda dealership in Dallas and gave them the code that was on the white sticker in my glove compartment. He gave me the five digit code over the phone.

I did have to call two other dealerships prior to the third but they gave me the code over the phone without charging me anything. I wrote the code and will never forget it again.



If a dealer wants to charge you, hang up and call another one. I called David McDavid Honda, 972-790-6100, and spoke to the service department.

150) Posted by: Josh
November 12, 2004 6:04 PM

I have my code! How do I get rid of the ErrE so I can input it?

151) Posted by: JER
November 13, 2004 3:52 PM

I just bought a '97 del Sol from my father in law and he even gave me the code card and I after entering it I still can't get the *@#$ing to work. Does anyone have any suggestions?

152) Posted by: unixfool
November 17, 2004 11:46 AM

I found my stereo's PIN in the trunk: open the trunk and look under on the underside...there's a sticker with two sets of numbers. One is a 5 digit number. Use this to get your stereo working again. Note: this is for a 98 Honda Accord EX with CD player/radio.

153) Posted by: Art
November 17, 2004 3:38 PM

I found a helpfull hint on this page, sticker in the glove box.
It happens to be the radio serial number so, all I had to do is go with that number and the car's registration to the Honda dealership and I got the code for free. Thanks again.

154) Posted by: Chris
November 19, 2004 7:38 AM

great page, found my code under the ash tray on the drivers side.

155) Posted by: Jen
November 19, 2004 7:40 PM

Just replaced the battery on my 1999 Civic EX and of course the radio didn't work. I got the car back with the "Code Erre" message. I had the code but couldn't get the radio to work. Using the advice on this page, I pulled the radio fuse under the hood, put it back, then tried the code again and it worked. Evidently, the mechanic tried several random codes before I got the car back and this is what prevented me from getting the radio to work in the first place.

156) Posted by: Matt
November 21, 2004 8:04 PM

Im going to try calling my acura dealers with my serial. I dont know if anyone here has a 1994 Integra LS, but the sticker was nowhere, i tryed everything from this site. i read every last one. Ill never pay 100 fawk that id buy a new deck. Good luck with all this hondas a bitch.

157) Posted by: Matt
November 21, 2004 8:06 PM

Ive decided, it has no RCA's for my system, im buying a new deck, but how am i gonna mount it in there?

158) Posted by: Sophie
November 22, 2004 6:42 AM

I just bought a 98 Honda Civic EX and I'm having trouble playing burned CDs, I have a Panasonic stereo I could install instead of the original honda but I read from another forum that this could cause problems with the keyless entry feature. Does anyone know if this is true? I'd like to know before I change my stereo, because more than anything I have to have keyless entry :)
After reading all your comments I'm going to search for that infamous "CODE" before I run into that situation.
I cannot drive without music.

Thanks for the tips

159) Posted by: enrique bojorquez
November 24, 2004 12:07 PM

I am from sinaloa, mexico. a cousin gave to me his old one honda radio, because he put another stereo in his car and then boughtit. now i want to use it, but idont have the code. i will thank if someone could get the code for me, the stereo has a SERIAL NO. DEZ242464280D

160) Posted by: Martha
November 24, 2004 7:23 PM

Can anyone help me, please - I have a 1996 Honda CRV and the ABS warning light on the dash has been on for about a week. I took it to the local dealers a few days ago and after diagnostic computer tests plus other tests, he tells me that they will need to go through all the wires to isolate the correct wiring for the ABS fault- this test took 4 hours and cost me $45. They think the wiring is either broken somewhere or dislodged, and that I would need to bring it back coz its going to take a whole day to check this out. Has anyone had a similar problem? or can anyone tell me how I can identify the ABS light wiring>

Thanks so much,


161) Posted by: Ok Lady
November 27, 2004 1:40 PM

As if life didn't have enough frustrations! Thanks to this website, we were able to avoid a nasty confrontation with yet another car dealership. Our 99 Honda Accord lost power when the battery cable became corroded...and thus we lost the radio, stereo, etc. There was NO CODE in the owner's manual or in the glove box. However, we looked for it throughout the vehicle and finally found it UNDER the trunk...not the trunk lid...looking straight into the trunk behind the rubber gasket there was a white label with two numbers: the first number was longer and started with the letter "M" (the serial number I assume), and the second number was a 5-digit number, the sacred CODE! I assure you, the white label is definitely worth looking for. Good luck on your quest. Our code was: 33555
Thanks again for saving us $$$ and an unwanted conversation with a dealer!

162) Posted by: Roberto
November 27, 2004 3:14 PM

Had the same problem with my wife's 2002 Odyssey. After reading this page I looked around the glove compartment, fuse boxes, cup holders, etc. Nada, not a trace of a 5-digit number. Finally decided to call the dealership we bought the van from, Maroone Honda in Hollywood, Florida (we have since then moved to a different state).

Luckily I was able to speak to Gil, the guy who sold us the vehicle. He was very helpful and told me that the Service Dept. was closed (Saturday afternoon), but that he would find out the code and call me on Monday. A while later he called and said that he had been talking to co-workers about this issue and one of them said that the code sometimes is on the underside of the rear hatch door. I looked and sure enough I found a five-digit number which unlocked the radio.

So try looking under and behind the rear hatch door or trunk. And many thanks to Gil Wasserman at Maroone Honda.

163) Posted by: john
November 29, 2004 1:53 PM

I have 2 Hondas civic and accord, I have the same problem with my civic, called Honda they said I have to contact the honda dealer, the dealer won't do it for free. Guess what! I was planinig to buy my third Honda an Odessy van. of course not any more I changed my mind. Honda just lost a coustmer.

164) Posted by: Sean
November 29, 2004 8:10 PM

ok after reading tons of these posts. I just looked up the serial number. Since I am on the east coast and its 8.00Pm here i called up a dealership in Cali. gave them my SN number and got the code in about 30 seconds. No hassel no charge no nothing. Just go to google look up a dealership and call them; if they say no try another one. I called up the one in Orange county cali (714-890-8900). ask for the service department...
this will work 100% if u have the serial number if not give them the VIN.

Good Luck


165) Posted by: ecanady
December 3, 2004 12:44 PM

Help!!!!! My 95 accord has "CODE" problem as well :( I definitely don't have the money for the stupid dealership to find it for me! It's been two years without a radio for me. this is the most info I've ever found on this little problem. Thanks! I've tried looking everywhere ya'll have said to look. My friend who does this kind of stuff regularly, can't seem to find it either :( Any ideas other than shelling out 100 bucks for the code--

166) Posted by: Edwin
December 3, 2004 5:07 PM

I have the blinking Anti-theft problem as well, although I do have the code - it doesn't let me enter it in. It just blinks and blinks and blinks and blinks ... (you get the point)

I'm about ready to smash it!


167) Posted by: Ken Silverman
December 4, 2004 6:04 PM

Let me tell you my story. Purchased a 2000 CR-V Honda. Had the battery replaced by a local service station. When I got it home, I realized the radio/cd needed a code #. What???. I read the owner's manual which directed me to the dealership. I proceeded as directed. The service rep. told me that the code was no longer in their computer system and that it would be $150 to take out my radio and retrienve the code. Boy, was I pissed. I came home and stumbled upon this website. After reading all the postings and unable to find the code anywhere in the vehicle, I called the service dept. and was asked the last 7 digits of my VIN #. The young lady gave me my code over the phone and it worked. The 2 hours it took to figure out what to do was worth a lot more to me than shelling out $150 to these thieves.

168) Posted by: Tony Matthews
December 6, 2004 7:23 AM

Some ****er stole the radio from my CRV yesterday! I hope they have to pay to get the code!!!!!

169) Posted by: jim
December 10, 2004 10:18 PM

Found the radio registration sticker on the glove compartment door of my 1999 Honda Accord, but further investigation revealed the radio code itself neatly penned on the back of the manila envelope that the owner's manual came in! It's worth looking through any materials that came with the car.

170) Posted by: Dave Fosson
December 10, 2004 10:39 PM

Just picked up my 16 year old daughter's '97 Accord SE after a $5800 deer collision repair, now the infamous Code problem! Its bad enough I had to listen to her cry around for 6 weeks waiting on her car repair; now we have to hear about not having any tunes! I'm still looking but so far, no codes found. Thanks for the site!

171) Posted by: Brett
December 11, 2004 1:50 PM

I have a '97 Acura Integra and recently had an encounter with Honda's wonderful stereo code feature. Right before I ventured off to the local dealership to pay an arm and a leg for the 5 digit code, I discovered it on a sticker located on the back of my ash tray. I disconnected then reconnected my battery, turned on the stereo (at which point the display read "code e"), then simply punched in the code using the numbered preset buttons. My stereo is now back in business.

172) Posted by: seanjohn818
December 11, 2004 5:43 PM

I had the same problem as everyone has had with hondas cd players, so what i did was remove the cd player and took it over to the honda dealership where i bought my 2001 honda accord and showed them my drivers license and registration card along iwth the serial nmbr from the cd player and they where able to provide me with the the code.

173) Posted by: Vania
December 13, 2004 2:36 AM

In response to post #140: I have a honda Accord 2001 and I retrieved my serial number by following your instructions. I am calling the dealer tomorrow, and hope to get the famous code!!

174) Posted by: Vania
December 14, 2004 2:29 AM

I saved 85 dollars, and it feels great. After retrieving the serial number (see posting #173 and 140), I called the Honda dealer. they asked me if I purchased the car at their location and two minutes later, I had the code to my radio. However, I had tried earlier to enter random codes, and now was stuck with an ERROR message. The girl at the dealership told me to turn the ignition on, as well as the radio, for one hour. And then punch in the code, and VOILA, my radio was back to normal.

175) Posted by: Tyler
December 14, 2004 3:36 PM

Looked all over in every place mentioned on this page and then some, couldn't find the sticker... My car was bought from a second-hand dealer who was of no help, so I phoned the Honda dealer where I take my car in Regina, SK. The guy in service said he didn't have access to the code because they didn't sell it but that the original dealer should have the record. I gave him my VIN and asked him to find the original dealer for my car. He phoned back and told me it was from a dealership in Quebec (!) So I phoned there and got the code within a minute with only my name and my VIN. Very simple, and what a relief!!! Good thing I speak French though. I honestly can't figure out how this feature is "anti-theft"... GRRRRR

176) Posted by: Betsy
December 17, 2004 10:20 AM

Thanks to this great site, I found my white sticker with the coveted code on my trunk lid.

Prior to finding it I tried the instructions in posts 140 & 148 to obtain my serial #, but it didn't work for me. My guess is that process only works on newer models. I have a 95 Civic EX.


177) Posted by: cybin7
December 17, 2004 6:09 PM

I was lucky enough to find my code on a sticker located on the inside of my glove compartment. The sicker has two set of numbers the 1st set was a group of 5 numbers and the 2nd with a group of 10. I simply turned on my car, turned on the radio and the code appeared within the screen. I then typed in the 1st group of 5 numbers, it only exepted 4 numbers and as I typed in the 5th digit the code went through and the radio begain playing.

Note: You have 10 trys. IF all 10 are incorrect you must leave the power to the radio on for 1 hour and it will reset, then you can start over. Good Luck!

178) Posted by: matt
December 19, 2004 3:24 PM

Hi I have a 98 Teg, my radio works fine but when I put in a Cd it says....PE-0, does anyone knows what this means? Perhaps its dirty, or do I need the code? Please help.

179) Posted by: BobSmith
December 20, 2004 9:46 AM

The dealer is supposed to give you the code AT NO CHARGE if you give them the serial number of the stereo unit, which is on a label on the rear or bottom of the unit. Unfortunately the unit must usually be removed in order to read the serial number.

If the dealer resets the code for you, they will charge you for labor for the time it takes to remove and reinstall the stereo unit in order to get the serial number. If you remove and reinstall the stereo yourself, then you can give the dealer the serial number, and they are not supposed to charge you.

I made a few calls to different Honda dealers, and found at least two that would give me the code over the phone with no proof of ownership. This results in inconvenience for me, but no inconvenience for thieves, so what's the point of the dang anti theft codes after all?

180) Posted by: Mike
December 20, 2004 8:50 PM

I work for a Honda dealer. There are a few things that alot of
people dont know about the anti-theft code. First, only certain dealers charge for obtaining the code. We will only charge you if we have to remove the unit to obtain the serial #. No tech while at work will do this for free unless he knows you or youre paying him on the side. So dont expect someone to spend an hour of there day removing your unit and getting paid $0 (flat rate sucks)We will give you the code over the phone or whatever if you have the serial #. Second, if you bought your car new, why did you lose the paperwork (code card)? Why didnt you read the manual before disconnecting the battery or whatever? Your fault, dont complain if you have to pay to remove the unit. Dont wanna pay, remove it yourself. Third, there are other ways to retreive the serial #. You may have seen a white sticker with about 10 numbers & letters on it stuck inside your glove box or fuse box cover....well folks thats your units serial #. No removal necessary. Also late 02+ serial #'s can be obtained by turning the unit off and pressing the 1 and 6 preset buttons at the same time until the code appears on the display in 4 digit increments. Do not call your dealer with your VIN, nothing can be obtained with your VIN. Its all about the units serial #. Sometimes the dealer that originally did the PDI (pre-delivery inspection) will enter the code into their system at close out after the tech has entered the code the first time. So, if you know where the car was PDI'd then call that dealer and see if they have the code.

181) Posted by: Ngogna
December 22, 2004 8:42 PM

Crap! Have a 97 Del Sol Si. The battery terminals got corroded and the power to the car was lost. The "code" thing came up, had no code, and looked all over the car for that white sticker, no luck. Tried the 1 and 6 preset thing, didn't work. Honda wants 65 dollars to remove the radio to get the SN. Tried to get the code using just the VIN, this didn't work. I'd rather just buy a new deck.

182) Posted by: Kristen
December 25, 2004 3:49 PM

Okay ladies and gentlemen, I am relieved to know that it was not just me, my father, brother, brother-in-law and three neighbors who couldn't figure this crap out. By the way, this assortment includes three mechanics and a former car thief. The best info I can offer you after spending an afternoon ripping my 2000 Civic apart and serving the web for help is this:
Go to, or google "removing a Honda car stereo" and it will be one of the first websites that pops up. This website gives a lot of information about removing car stereos and the like. They also provide a phone number to call and get your freakin code, and they only charge $25. Of course, you need your VIN, serial #, model # and reference number of your radio, which means you'll have to tear a good portion of your front panel off to see it. However, if you'd like to save yourself the $85-$100 you'd pay the dealership, it's a decent alternative. The phone number is 800-428-1909 if you already have the numbers and don't feel like going to the website. Good Luck Guys!

183) Posted by: Jayson
December 25, 2004 4:55 PM

we just bought a 2001 honda odyssey second hand and the next morning the the battery died and my dad fixed it... the radio is asking for codes and i have been reading the informations given here and i can't seem to find the code in da ash tray , glovecompartment, or anywhere.. can anyone help

184) Posted by: Kelly
December 28, 2004 1:46 PM

After my battery died yesterday in my 2003 Accord w/ navigation I began to read this message board for suggestions. I did not have my code (supposedly 5 digits) so I called a couple dealerships one wanted $89 another wanted $45 to pull out the radio and find the serial number. The dealer where I purchased the car told me I should look for a sticker in glove box which I found however it was a 4 digit number and and 12 digit series of letters/number. He told that was not it and it had to be 5 digits and to continue looking for another sitcker. In the meantime, I tried the 4 digit code and it worked! Whats the difference? Apparently cars with navigation systems require 4 digits and not 5. I hope other find this infomation useful.

185) Posted by: Kelly Loach
December 29, 2004 2:35 PM

With one 4 digit code I was able to activate the NAVIGATION SYSTEM (described above) however another 4 digit code is needed for the CD/RADIO to work.The serial number is easily obtainable WITHOUT REMOVING THE RADIO. Mark from John Eagle Honda in Dallas (214-904-3282) faxed me detailed information that had be up and running in 10 minutes!! The other 3 Honda dealers (including the one where I made my purchase-Lute Riley) told me I must take my car into the shop in so they could charge me $45-90 to remove the radio! What a scam.
Here is how you find your sn in 2003 Accord w navigation.
1. Turn ignition to ACC
2. Make sure you see code displayed.
3. Turn on audio unit.
4. Press hold top halves of SEEK/SKIP AND CH/DISC bars and press and release PWR/VOL knob. The diplay toggles between 2 screens. The first screen displays a "U" and 4 digits. The 2nd screen displays a "L" and 4 digits (remember to toggle to see both screens). Combine 8 digits (without U and L) to form your serial number.
5. Note: Step 5 is not required if you already have your 4 digits radio code. In fact, I did not have a SERVICE option on my menu so I have no idea what to tell you on step 5.
From main screen click on SERVICE, THEN ACCESSORIES, then ANTI THEFT INQ. In the pulldown menu select PRODUCT then enter the eight digit serial number and SUBMIT. Your 4 digit code should be displayed.
6. Got the code? Cool. Use the TUNE knob to enter your code. Then you turn the know the CODE disappears from display and a single digit appears. Turn the left or right to select the first number of the code and press the knob each time.The system will beep and display CODE after each press TUNE.
After the last digit is input the radio will come on!! I hope other find this useful. THanks, Kelly

186) Posted by: Dave
December 30, 2004 8:49 PM

anyone know a workaround for a 96 civic? I can't find my code anywhere! Factory cd/radio single disc near the cupholders...

187) Posted by: Jase
December 30, 2004 9:46 PM

I have a 1997 honda civic si. Same problem battery went dead and then I recharged. Everytime I would open the door it sounded like a car alarm. then the blinking happened. radio works tape deck works but the blinking does'nt stop. seems everytime i use power it blinks. i can't find the code anywhere and i'm frustrated as hell.please help me

188) Posted by: jase
December 31, 2004 11:32 AM

is it possible for the radio to work and tape deck to work but to still have the alarm go off like that?

189) Posted by: jase
December 31, 2004 3:41 PM

FOR THE LOVE OF GOD HELP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

190) Posted by: jase
January 1, 2005 1:52 PM

what are the steps on how to enter the code, it dosen't even ask me for it. weird.

191) Posted by: Andrew
January 1, 2005 5:28 PM

I own a 96 Acura Integra and couldn't find the serial # or code anywhere. I couldn't get the damn radio out either. Finally in frustration I climbed under the dash sideways to see if there was some other bolts I could see and low and behold...there was the serial # on the bottom of the stereo. Take a peak under the dash before you tear it out.....

192) Posted by: bwy
January 2, 2005 9:39 PM

97 honda accord ex. Found it on a sticker attached to the fuse box cover under the hood.

193) Posted by: Adrian
January 4, 2005 7:29 PM

I see that a lots of peoples have the same problem with the radio from Honda, Acura......I've hade the same problem with a Honda Accord.If you lost the code or you can't find it,you have to call the Honda dealer, for neuer cars.If not, you need the ref.# and the Serial # wich are located on the back side of the radio.You have to pull out the radio to see them.You can do it by your self.Go to this site and they will show you step by step how to do it.All what you have to do it's to choose your model and the year. You need maibe 1/2 hour to do that, instead to pay someoane else.Oance you have the numbers don't call the honda dealer, GO to a Honda dealer because you have to be phisicaly there, to proof that it's your car(privacy policy).Before to do this look for that sticker on all possible and impossible places. If can't find it JUST DO IT. I did the same. Good luck!!!!!!!!!

194) Posted by: Meghan
January 5, 2005 5:01 PM

I have the same problem with my 2002 Honda and I found a 5 digit code on the back of the ashtray/change bin but it has 7s in it. How can I enter numbers greater than 6?

195) Posted by: Tina
January 7, 2005 12:30 AM

Just bought my son a 99 Civic EX. Same prob everyone is having with radio and error. We found a sticker on the side of the fuse box, but the 5 digit # found has a 0 (zero) in it. How do we input that? My sticker in the glove box only has one set of letters/numbers (starts with M). The only consecutive numbers on that sticker have digits greater or less than 6. How do we input those types of numbers - or are we barking up the wrong tree?

When I called the nearest dealership, they told me the car might be too old for them to pull up the code with that ten digit code. Was the service department just yanking me?

Help? Anyone?

196) Posted by: Tina
January 7, 2005 1:12 PM

Just an update to my #195 post......

I decided to get on the phone with as many dealerships as it took for someone to give me the info over the phone. I got lucky on the second phone call! Pacific Honda in San Diego was nice enough to take my radio serial # (the one from the glove box) and pull up my 5 digit code.

I pulled the radio fuse to clear the "code" error message,(instead of pulling the battery cables off) turned the car on auxillary, turned it off, replaced the fuse, turned it back on aux and punched in the code. Worked like a charm!

Thank you to all that have posted suggestions (especially the one about pulling the fuse instead of the cables) I couldn't have done this without you!

197) Posted by: bullwinkle
January 7, 2005 4:41 PM

a co worker just experienced the same issue. As described in this post she looked and found the code on the left outer panel of the glovebox. Looking at the outside from driveres seat. Use the preset buttons to enter the numbers and it worked!

198) Posted by: Venkat
January 7, 2005 6:59 PM

I have an 04 honda civic and a CD got stuck inside CD player.
Can anybody help me with how to reomve it? will I need the Anti theft code before I even attempt to mess around with it?
Any advice will be appreciated.

199) Posted by: Margaret Sutton
January 8, 2005 12:26 AM

I recently had some work done on my 95 Honda Accord. The battery was disconnected and I can not use the radio or CD player any more.It asks for the code. I lost all the information and the owners manual. What can I do?

200) Posted by: Tom Dixon
January 8, 2005 3:10 PM

I called the dealer where I purchased my 98 accord, they could not tell me the code even with VIN number of car. In reading this thread I found the reference number in the glove compartment. Once the dealer verfied some information he gave the code free of charge. Thanks all for saving me $$

201) Posted by: Louis
January 8, 2005 11:20 PM

I was lucky enough to find the code too. I wonder if they is a special way to enter the code instead of just key in the 5 numbers. Because i have tried that and it wouldnot take it.
I hope my number is rite. any help will be appreciated.

202) Posted by: kc
January 10, 2005 11:11 AM

i have a 1994 honda civic-I just brought a new radio because of the code issue-I installed the radio and my taillights were not working-finally I got that to work but now the radio won't work-checked all the fuses and they all seem fine. I installed the old radio-(found the code on the back) and it works-
Here's the problem-When I turn off the car the clock goes back to 1:00, and the radio codes needs to be put in again, everytime I turn off the car. I can't locate the "clock" fuse if their is one. I'm at lost-i think it has something to do with a "Constant" wire-TOO TECHNICAL?????

203) Posted by: mr
January 10, 2005 11:34 PM

I need the radio code for my Honda Accord and cannot find the sticker. I understand that I need to remove the radio to get the serial number so I can get the code from Honda. I have just found excellent instructions on how to remove the radio at the Install Doctor website, and clicking "Install it Yourself".

204) Posted by: Fon Ngu
January 11, 2005 12:57 AM

I am amazed that other people have had the same code problem. My wife's 2001 Honda Odyssey has been blinking "Code 66" for two months or more, and she has been chewing me up for doing nothing about it.

The problem started when I was forced to give the car a jump. An alarm kept going on. After jump starting the car, I noticed to my chagrin that the CD player and the radio will not work. Since then it's been asking for "Code 66." I have combed thru the owner's manual hoping for a solution but to no avail. I am shocked to hear that the dealer will probably charge me to give me the damned code.

205) Posted by: Louis
January 11, 2005 2:17 PM

In case this will help. After you tried a certain time in entering the code, the radio will be lock up. to reset the radio so that you can try again disconnect both wire from the battery and let them touch for 30 seconds and then you can try again.

95 honda accord. 36464 is the code

206) Posted by: Louis
January 11, 2005 2:17 PM

In case this will help. After you tried a certain time in entering the code, the radio will be lock up. to reset the radio so that you can try again disconnect both wire from the battery and let them touch for 30 seconds and then you can try again.

95 honda accord. 36464 is the code

207) Posted by: hilary
January 11, 2005 9:23 PM

First, let me say THANK YOU for this site. It has been invaluable. Without going into great detail, guess what...I am having a radiio code issue. I decided to pull the car apart myself and paid $3.99 for instructions from However, after paying for these instructions (which were very helpful), I checked out from post #203 and they have free instructions. SO...don't pay the other site when this one offers them at no charge. I forgot to mention that I have yet to unattach my radio from the dash because that was the one thing the instructions I paid for didn't explain. When I looked at the free site, there were instructions for disconnecting the heater/AC unit cords.

208) Posted by: hilary
January 11, 2005 10:33 PM

Hey, per someone's advice in one of the posts on this site, I went out and wrote down the numbers on the stuff behind the glove box. Then I looked on the underside of my trunk lid and there was a five digit number as well as one of the numbers I wrote down from the glove box. I will try the code tomorrow and post again to let everyone know what happened. ( I posted earlier today- post # 207).

209) Posted by: Linda
January 12, 2005 1:27 PM

I followed the advice (THANK YOU!!!) to look in the glove compartment of my '00 Odyssey. There was a small rectangular white sticker affixed to the inside of the box -- left side -- it had two codes. I tried the first one, and it worked immediately!

When I'd called a dealer, they'd said I'd have to remove the radio and get the serial nubmer if I couldn't obtain the code from the dealer from whom I'd purchased the car.

210) Posted by: mr
January 14, 2005 8:50 PM

In post 203 I mentioned that I had found instructions for removing my radio from my 1998 ACCORD EX on .
I followed the instructions listed for the 1999 ACCORD since it matched the picture of my radio. I believe models after 2000 are not listed, but you can check to see if the pictures match your radio. The serial number of the radio was on the bottom of the radio. There was also a sticker on the top of the radio that was not the serial number. Both stickers had an Mxxxxxxxx number on it. The sticker on the bottom said serial number. I did not completely remove the radio but was able to pull it out partially to read the serial number. I also did not disconnect the air-conditioner wires. The instructions were to remove the 3 phillips screws that secure the dash. Remove the clock (then remove the 2 connectors to get to the screw). I loosened the plastic dash and then removed the 4 bolts holding the radio .

211) Posted by: ann
January 18, 2005 11:38 PM

same "code erre" problem with my 00' civic.
called the dealership- but since i didnt buy the car from them, they couldnt give me the code, so they told me to call a specific # which only the DEALER could call to confirm (ugh!)-called back and they said it'd cost me $$50 even though i already found my serial # in my glove box! So then 2nd dealership i called said he couldnt give me the code bc i didnt buy it from them..BUT i said i had the serial # and he said "oh alright lets see if youre lucky" and i was! i got my code just like that! so keep trying and dont let them leave you hanging!

212) Posted by: ann
January 18, 2005 11:42 PM

oh and i just wanted to say THANK YOU EVERYONE for all the info on this site-its really useful! ^_^

213) Posted by: Mike
January 19, 2005 12:37 AM

I just had to post, reading the hundreds of poor people like myself. Short story goes...2002 CRV bought certified used this summer. Has stalled twice since Ive bought it. Today, the battery died so badly, my emergency lights didn't work. Got it jumped, ah, infamous code, had no idea. Read the manual, which I had to buy because the dude before me left me not a trace of documentation in this car. Oh look, I was supplied with a code and serial number? Really? Gee whiz, there is not a shread of code or serial number in this car, no fuse box, no glove compartment, nada. Call honda of boston, 100 bucks...shitters. Call New Jersey Honda, the dealership I bought from, "you must have the serial number it is given to everyone who buys honda" double shitters, plus offered me 70$ to do the radio out job.

I was never given a white strip with numbers, nor does it exist on this CRV

Pay honda 100 bucks to fix something that was already bad? I didn't ask for the battery to die. Ive never abused the car to make the battery run so short, it just blows on its own.
Im going to try the holding down of radio buttons tomorrow morning.
This website gave lots of info, thanks, I can see this is something many have struggled with.

214) Posted by: Josh
January 19, 2005 1:06 PM

WOW! I found this page through and read for a while all the different people that have been having this same problem as I.

Anyway, I had an aftermarket stereo installed, and some months later had the factory reinstalled so that I could sell the old and save for a new.. well the dreaded "CODE" word came on the screen of the Honda stereo while being serviced at Circuit City and they told me to call the dealership.

After reading several posts here, and searching my car, (very thoughroughly in every possible hidden spot)I had to resort to calling the dealership. Well, since we have a family friend in the dealership I called him. He transferred me to the service department and after giving them the serial number and reference number, they gave me my sacred code! I inputted the code and within 1 second I was back in business! Thank God i did not have to go without this radio for more than a couple days like some people here. Anyway, I want to list the steps here so that anyone who needs thier code can obtain it very easily.

1. First off you should go through and check each of the hidden spots for the 5 digit code (ie. complete check of glovebox, under or on sides of ashtray/coinholder (u have to pull it out), complete check of the trunk areas, and the fuse box under the hood (check the inner side of the lid and all over the fuse box area), along with the side of the driver or passenger door that is visible when the door is opened. (if not located check other hidden places)

2. If no success there, you will have to remove the car stereo and write down the numbers listed on the white sticker on the stereo itself. Removal is not hard despite what some impatient people may say and luckily for me.. the area where the cd player is, is already loose from having the aftermarket installed. And, the stereo pulled right out of the area make it simple to unplug the antenna and the wire harness.

3. Call the dealership and ask to speak to a car salesman. When they answer, they will say thier name.. (write down thier name!!) and tell them that you need transferred to the service department. After you are transferred, tell them (the salesmans' name, and that he's a family friend or relative and he transferred you over to get your unlock code) hehe. They may transfer you to the one more person (which you will say the same thing), or they may check the computer for you right then and there. You will provide a serial number and reference number so have everything handy and written down. They will take about 20 seconds to look it up and wallah! You have your precious unlock code!

Take this whole process and use it to your own liking! I knew the salesman personally so I didn't have to lie about that. BUT.. if you want it done for free and are worried about having to pay for them to give u the code.. then lie about knowing the salesman who transferred you and they will take good care of you!

That process will work for any of the Honda or Acura cars, so don't be afraid if you have to result in taking the stereo out to write down the serial number and reference number, it really isn't hard! There is a posting somewhere a little higher than this stating a website that also has photo directions for removing your stereo.. ALSO!! -- YOU CAN RESET YOUR STEREO IF IT WON'T LET YOU ENTER ANY MORE CODES SIMPLY BY UNPLUGING THE WIRE HARNESS FROM THE STEREO!!! This will save you from having to mess with the battery if you have the stereo removed already. Hope this helps you all!


215) Posted by: Josh
January 19, 2005 1:13 PM

ALSO! I wanted to list a few extra things to go alongside my post.

1. It is useless to post the code to your stereo here since EVERY car/stereo combo is different.

2. You may be able to obtain the unlock code without having to remove your stereo by using the VIN number (in some cases) And if you can use this method, just follow the whole "I know this person" method when calling the dealer.

3. To my knowledge there is no pattern or way to crack the codes to be anle to enter them in to the stereo. Just do it the right way and don't waste your time with trying to figure out patterns and whatnot between codes and serial numbers.

4. You can call any Honda dealership to get the code, it does not have to be from the one you bought it at. I called a dealership thats in a completely separate part of town!

ALSO! If someone has some web space that they want to donate I will make a website dedicated to the dreaded unlock code with ideas and information needed to get the code in different situations. If you want me to make a site and have some webspace for it, contact me using my email address. (Which for the internet illiterate can be obtained by clicking the blue word "Josh" up top of this post!) Cya guys (and gals)


216) Posted by: Hilary
January 20, 2005 12:38 PM

As to the posts from Dutch, not all dealers will give you the code. The dealer I called said they do not keep them on file. I could have pressed them, I suppose, but I still would have had to take my dashboard apart which is relatively easy but also time-consuming. My stereo would not pull out easily; luckily I found my code in my trunk (after I pulled apart my car) and used the "unplug the negative cable on the battery" trick to reset the code error on the stereo.

217) Posted by: Mike
January 21, 2005 1:12 AM

Just an update from 3 posts above...I found my 5 digit radio the honda used certified warranty booklet that I got with my car...geez never thought to check there..well if you bought a used honda with a warranty, CHECK THERE. I CAN SLEEP AGAIN YAY!

218) Posted by: Scott
January 22, 2005 4:06 PM

Thanks all for the great comments. '01 Accord EX started giving me code. I ofcourse try many times and it in result gave me errrr. I detached cables from battery and touched - to + cables together for count of thirty. Then reattached to battery and it reset the CD changer (6 disc). I then started checking for the white sticker with 5 digit code. I finally found it on trunk lid. I entered in code, while entering I saw "C" for first correct then "O" for next and then on until I saw the radio spark up.

Because of this site I did not have to call in or spend the $100 + tax. I also saw the serial in the glove box like mentioned in earlier messages. Thanks to all and I hope this helps someone like yall did for me.

Take care,


P.S. - My code was 34221 for Accord '01 EX 4cyl

219) Posted by: Randy
January 24, 2005 12:14 AM

i have a 91 honda accord and i put back the tape player in. the problem is nothing shows up on the display,but if i start pressing numbers i hear a beep sound. it doesn't say code or anything
do i need to put a code in

220) Posted by: Prelude
January 24, 2005 10:25 AM

All you need is your:

1) Radio Serial # (I found this # inside my glove compartment on a white sticker - usually 9 digits/letters long)

2) Call a Honda Dealer and advise them you have the radio serial # and you need your radio code

3) Usually they will charge you $25 and will not give it over the phone. Keep calling around until you find a dealer nice enough to hook you up!

*Note: Honda will only charge you $80/$90 if they need to remove your radio to obtain the radio serial #.

221) Posted by: Deran
January 24, 2005 5:18 PM

I found the secret code before reading this post, but wanted to share my experience as it may be helpful to others.

I just replaced the battery in my 98 Accord. After finding out that the dealer would charge for an hour of labor to remove the radio to obtain the serial number, I called American Honda to vent my anger.

First of all, they told me that the dealer often puts a sticker in the glove box or on the inside driver door panel with the serial number of the radio. Sure enough it was in the glove box. Gave the dealer the number and they gave me the code, no questions asked. Secondly, American Honda said that in the newer cars, 2001 and above, the serial number can be obtained right from the radio display screen. I believe they also said the radio serial number of the newer cars can be obtained electronically. I didn't ask for details, but presumably this means they maintain a cross reference of VIN to radio serial.

Now as far as those fraudulent dealers who want to charge you for the code when you already have the serial number, I suspect this is illegal. Furthermore, Honda comes down hard on dealerships who piss off their customers, and I'm sure they would love to know about this type of behavior. Do not hesitate to contact them (800-999-1009) should you have a problem. Just mentioning this to the dealer is likely enough to get them to cooperate with you.

Good luck!

222) Posted by: Jeeny
January 25, 2005 11:32 PM


I have a 1992 Honda Accord need code. I understand that all the codes are the same.

223) Posted by: Jeeny
January 25, 2005 11:32 PM


I have a 1992 Honda Accord need code. I understand that all the codes are the same.

224) Posted by: arthur
January 26, 2005 1:45 AM

My sister recently had to jump start her battery on her 1998 Honda Accord coupe EX and in consequence now has to pay $50.00 in order to obtain the radio reference number on the back of the radio to make it operable again. I instructed her to check the glove compartment, fuse box, and driver side door for the number but all she was able to obtain was the VIN on the driver side door. If anyone has the code to this make,model, and year please let me know so I could save my little sis a couple bucks.

225) Posted by: squeebie
January 26, 2005 8:28 AM

Ahh, now I love Curry Honda in Yorktown NY even more than I did before. I was reading this info, looking all over my car for a sticker and couldn't find it, so I called Curry and told them that I lost the code and they just looked me up in the computer and gave it to me. I think they were only able to do it because I bought from them though, all I had to give was my last name and tell them it was a 2003 Civic.

Deran sounds like he's hit the nail on the head, call American Honda themselves if your dealer wants to charge you for the code, dealers love you rip you off, but I'd like to think that Honda wouldn't stand for it.

226) Posted by: mr
January 26, 2005 12:25 PM

In response to post 224 , I also had an Accord 98 EX and got the code from the bottom of the radio. Then I called the Honda dealer and they gave the radio code for free. Plesase read my posts 203 and 210 and you should be able to get the radio serial number and then the radio code for free.

227) Posted by: Debbie
January 26, 2005 4:04 PM

I bought a used 2001 Honda Accord. Sterio LQQKS great but we,ll never know how it sounds I suppose WITHOUT THE CODE! I am beginning to really hate Honda. They want me to do all the work pulling the thing out and getting numbers so they can charge me 80.00 to give me the secret code. I am a single mom and although I consider myself to be pretty handy, my high-heels just won,t reach them screws!

228) Posted by: DJ
January 26, 2005 7:37 PM

Hey all,

I'm glad I stumbled across this post. For reference, I own a 2002 Honda Civic EX. My battery died and the anti-theft device kicked in on my CD Player, requiring that I enter a 5-digit code to operate the unit. I read in above posts that the audio system serial number and/or code was located on a sticker found in certain areas of the car (ex. glove box, external fuse box cover, trunk, change holder, etc.) I couldn't find a sticker with these numbers in any of those places, but stumbled upon an above post that mentioned the serial number is stored electronically in the CD player. I turned the key to Position II (with the stereo turned off), simultaneously held down the "1" and "6" preset buttons for three seconds and then pressed the CD player power button. On the screen appeared some information, which turns out to be the Audio system serial number. I'm guessing that newer Hondas or other Hondas without an information sticker in the car have the serial number stored electronically in the CD unit and can be accessed by doing what I explained above. After having the number, I simply called a Honda Dealer Service Dept., gave them my Audio system serial number and he retrieved the code, which worked and rebooted my Audio System. Hope this helps. It saved me the trouble of having to take my CD player out. I recommend contacting the dealer first and explaining the situation if there seems to be no solution. Give it a shot. It seems like a lot of the complaining and frustration can be avoided.

229) Posted by: Andykhar
January 27, 2005 10:32 PM

I have a 97 Honda prelude.. and i found my code under the ashtry.. Thanx for all the postings..

230) Posted by: tom
January 30, 2005 2:30 PM

On a 98 honda accord radio code, How do you enter in the numbers 7, 8, 9, or 0? The preset numbers go from 1-6, so how do you enter a "0" for example?

231) Posted by: hilary
January 30, 2005 11:18 PM

are you sure it is your code and not another number? my code was all digits between 1 and 6.

232) Posted by: Debbie
January 31, 2005 10:36 AM

After taking the sterio out and getting the serial # off of it, and calling Honda with that # and the VIN #, I now have my code!
I think it might work on all 2001 Honda Accords, be my guest, it is 46325

233) Posted by: rg
January 31, 2005 4:55 PM

I replaced the battery in my daughter's 99 Honda Accord EX and ran into the same Error code deal. I checked in and under every place mentioned in these previous postings. I did end up finding a white label inside the glove box that started with the letter "F". This ended up being the stereo serial number that was needed. I called the Honda dealer this morning and spoke to a very nice young lady in the Service area and she provided the 5 digit code, no questions asked.

234) Posted by: Paulsbrum
February 1, 2005 8:33 AM

Honda BOSE radio

Listen to this...

With the radio off, push Eject LMU and A-Sel together and switch on. The display then shows the serial number.

Give this to your friendly Honda agent and he will give you the code...

Simple...well it worked for me

235) Posted by: jav
February 1, 2005 2:21 PM

I just purchased a 1992 honda accord ex 4 door, and a code is needed for the radio to function. my question is this: I came across two codes one that starts with an M.... and another on a tiny white sticker with about 10 numbers on it, is either one the code to unlock my radio? please someone respond, thanks

236) Posted by: cjwc
February 1, 2005 3:19 PM

I too just suffered this problem.

I found the sticker on the side of the glove box casing like others have. I saw that it had two numbers. A set of 5 and a set of 10 numbers/letters

I tried the set of 5 but the CD deck wanted 6. it said "6CODE" and went down with each key press then at "1CODE" I ran out of numbers to punch in and eventually got an error.

My girlfriend called Honda today and they said that that was the unlock code and to try it again after arguing with her saying we should have gotten a code card with the car. My girlfriend had to tell him off to get any help pretty much because he was being arrogant and insisting that we had been given a card when we in fact haven't. I looked for it the day we brought the car home and it was missing. It was a certified used 2001 Civic DX-G btw.

Anyways. My girlfriend went outside to try the code to prove the bugger wrong and guess what? It accepted it this time. I must have punched it in wrong the two times I tried it last night. Also. I am wondering if it says it needs 6 numbers just to throw thieves off but actually only needs 5.
Moral of the story is, try the first 5 digit number on the sticker and see if it works, even if the deck is asking for 6 digits.

237) Posted by: MoG
February 3, 2005 11:12 PM

Just a helpful hint. Sometimes the code can be found on the ashtray. That's where I found mine. Only problem is that in the eight months since I changed my battery, I haven't figured out how to enter it.

238) Posted by: Frank
February 4, 2005 2:06 PM

Hey everyone,

Thank you to everyone on this forum/site.

You saved me $100 and some pride in knowing I didnt get hosed by a dealer. I have a friend who is a Honda mechanic, and he told me that if the dealer doesnt have the radio code in their computer to search by VIN (if you didnt buy at that dealership) that they need to pull the radio and call in the serial number on the back. They charge you 1 hr labor ($65-$100) even though it takes them a couple of minutes (since they do it so often)

Anyway, I found my code written on the underside of my cup holder cover. It was written in sharpie ... maybe the previous owner had the same problem once before.

Gotta love the internet ... Thanks again!

239) Posted by: Jim
February 6, 2005 2:23 PM

Thanks to everybody for thier imformative posts, I was able to find the code in the glove box.

fyi the method for getting the serial (hold 1 and 6 while turning on the radio) works on 2004 civic w/cd) and the maual says you get 10 tries to enter the 5 digit code then you have to leave the radio turned on for an hour to reset it

240) Posted by: Abby
February 7, 2005 6:50 PM

I have a probelm with my 1999 Honda CRV CD player. The problem si with quality of sound. After a few second it start having a sctaching noise (on & off). In past I tried a CD claener but not very successful. Anyone had the same problem? what is teh fix?

241) Posted by: phil
February 9, 2005 12:10 AM

03 Honda CR-v, Also with the code problem after replacing the battery. I had run into this problem twice before due to a dead battery, only after the second time I promptly lost the card. The cards are provided with the vehicles when new. Anyway, no search of all the likely and unlikely locations found the code or the card. I tried brute forcing it, with no luck. Supposedly if you try 10 times unsuccessfully, it locks you out for an hour. Mine never unlocked until I disconnected/reconnected the battery. In the end I simply called my dealership, where I had bought the car new, and have had serviced there for everything. They asked my name, described the vehicle to me (they didn't ask for a VIN or radio SN), then very nicely gave me the 5 digit code (12616). The code is unique to every radio, so mine probably won't work with anyone elses. As I understand it the code is programmed at the factory where the radio is built, and cannot be changed. The dealer *says* there is no master code (but who really knows? I wouldn't give it up if I knew it either). Also, apparently Honda America will provide the info as a customer courtesy, but if you go through a dealer, they are *allowed* to charge a reasonable and normal rate to resolve this issue, just like they do any other service related problems. Whether they do charge or not is totally dependant on their service policies, the person you talk to, the way you get connected to the service person, *how you as the customer treat them*, etc.
"Thats my story- Your mileage *will* vary*

242) Posted by: Deak
February 9, 2005 8:57 AM

WOW...It is amazing how honda sets up so many road blocks. Like someone would want to steal my cd radio...
Well I own a 2000 Honda Odyssey (nice vehicle if anyone is interested). One of my kids left the interior light on for a day so my battery went dead.
After searching high and low for a code I called the dealer. They asked if I purchased the vehicle from them...I told them I bought the vehicle from a Toyota dealer used. They wanted me to bring it in, and charge me for an hour of labor to get the serial number.
Well after spending about 5 minutes removing the radio to get the serial number (very easy pulling it out)...I called a different dealer, told them I spoke to someone there that told me to get the serial number and call back. Well in about a minute I had the code.
I guess w/ all the road blocks on this antitheft unit...what holds a thief back from stealing the radio...calling in w/ the serial number and playing dumb?
Process seems to be all for nothing...

243) Posted by: Zero
February 10, 2005 12:13 AM

Well here is my problem, my girlfriend owns a 1999 CRV EX and well her Check engine light came on and well .... me being and automotive genius and all"cough cough " well i unhooked the battery and forgot that the computer clears all the codes so now im screwed ....... because when the family bought the car the dealership did not give them the card with the codes on it so now the radio is throwing that code error thing so now the dealer ship up here "alaska" doesnt have the codes because the car wasnt bought up here so yeah i need help.... and lots of it so im in the doghouse for screwing up my girlfriends radio....

244) Posted by: Rena
February 10, 2005 1:46 PM

WOW I have three pages of cut and pasted suggestions for finding my radio code. I hope one of them works, riding around is silence is driving me NUTS!!!!!!!!!!!

245) Posted by: Sindiesel666
February 12, 2005 10:22 PM

Battery died this morning. I have a 2003 Odyssey EX-L. Found the code inside the fuse box in the top left part of the engine compartment. It was the 5 digit number on top, there's a longer number below it, but that's something else.

246) Posted by: Ken
February 13, 2005 2:38 PM


I just walked out to my car this morning and my keyless entry key won't open my Honda Accord. I'm screwed! Who do I call? It's Sunday and I have no idea what to do. I don't have another keyless entry remote. Just this one.


247) Posted by: marcus
February 17, 2005 8:32 PM

After aggravating with obtaining the code, and yes, paying for this priviledge, as have many, now I face a new problem nobody seems to answer on this page, namely PE-0 when I put in a cd, what IS this? Another expensive dealer fix? or is it time to toss this POS radio and look for a replacement? Can anyone suggest a nice unit that will fill up all the space (99Accord) without using some sort of adapter and will look at least at little bit OEM?

248) Posted by: John
February 19, 2005 12:48 AM

Just wanna say thanks for the info..My friend had her battery changed in her 98 Accord EX at wal-mart and was unaware of the lock code issue. After i did some searchin and readin i did the first easiest "Looked for the little white sticker" and found it in the glove box. Sitting in the passenger seat right when i opened it i leaned all the way forward and looked down behind the hump on the glove box door itself, guess what i saw....? Yep the little white tag! First 5 numbers then a set that began with the letter "M". I then turned the car to the "ON" position turned the stereo on and input the 5 numbers "35445" and i'll be damned it turned on !!!!!!!!!! Those Mother F*&%@*rs need to be SLAPPED trying to charge people 80 to 100 dollars to get the code especially by someone like me with my big ass hands! Any ways thanks again for the info from all of you out there and i hope my info can help also.

249) Posted by: Alex
February 19, 2005 11:35 AM

i just bought a used honda civic 99 and the so famous error code is appearing in the screen of the cd player. I looked in all the places suggested in the site for the 5 digit code but couldn´t found it. I did find the serial number, but the problem is that i bought this car in the US and brought it by boat to El Salvador were i live. Unfortunetly here there is no dealer to call. Can someone please help me! thanks a lot!

250) Posted by: JTPutsout
February 20, 2005 12:55 AM

Here's my experience with a 2002 CRV which was flashing "Code 2."

The directions on this site are 100% correct. Here's how I got the serial number without pulling the radio.

1. I made sure that the radio was off.
2. I started the car and then held my finger on the #1 and #6 preset buttons.
3. When I turned the radio on, the serial number came up in 2 sets of flashing letters and numbers.
4. On mine, the first letter was U followed by the numbers 2304. The second letter was L followed by 8057.
5. I went to the Honda dealer service counter. The guy said, "what's this?" and seemed genuinely surprised that I had the serial number. Nonetheless, he gave me the code.

When I went outside, I started the car and entered the code. The display then changed to read "5"(the last number I had entered). I turned the radio off and then on. Once again, it said "Code 2." I input the number for the second time. Then, I got a message that said "Err 2." Immediately after the Err 2 message, I input the code for the third time and the radio came right on.

BTW - The number to input on my radio was 66345. Did anyone else have to input 66345 when Code 2 flashed? Just curious.

Good luck. And more importantly, don't PAY anyone to input your radio code.

251) Posted by: Elena
February 22, 2005 12:16 PM

93 honda accord. i am unable to find a little white sticker with my stereo code on it anywhere. I tried the instructions to get the serial code without pulling the stereo, no dice. I called the Gunn dealership, they told me unless they sold me the car new, they won't have the code on file - evidently it's a special effort they make to record the codes from the new hondas and file them with the rest of their records, not all dealers probably do it.

The "fee" for the code is actually just the labor charge to pull the stereo and get the serial number. If you can find a way to do this yourself, or pay someone besides honda to do it, you will probably save yourself some money. When you have the information from the back of the stereo, honda should give you the code for free.

WHAT THIEF ON EARTH steals factory stereos? what a crock. i know they are just DYING to get at my old radio/cassette deck. wooee! and shouldn't such security be optional to the customer? i agree completely - this is purely money-making scheme by honda to make sure their dealers profit whenever you have to change a battery.

I love my accord, even though it's over ten years old, i'd rather fix it up than drive most other, newer cars i can afford. I got this baby for under 2 grand and no matter what work i have to do on it, i'm loving how it handles. But i hate car dealers, period. They are the lowest form of life, lying thieving scumbags. I have yet to have a good experience at any dealership and not feel like i was either about to be stabbed in the back or get my face ripped off. I've had many dealers outright lie to me about the condition of the car, before the days of carfax - and i mean reputable, mainstream honda dealers, not some shady used car lot. I will never give ANY dealer my money again.

252) Posted by: thanksJTPutsout
February 22, 2005 10:16 PM

Thanks, JTPutscout! Your trick works for my car!

I just had the same problem with my 2001 Honda Accord EX (4 cylinder). Changed the battery and the radio was locked. Couldn't find the little card (I'm pretty sure they never gave that to me and I think they did this purposely). Went to the dealer and they told me that without the serial number they can't find the security code. One of them actually tried the 1-6 combination on my car, but she got the order wrong (she turned on the radio first then press 1-6). Of course, it didn't work. I was really pissed when told that I have to pay 79$ to get the radio pulled out. Went home and did little websufing and find this site and JTPutscout's post. Try it on my car, it worked!!! Called the dealer and they told me: can't give the code over the phone, have to come in person. Went to dealer again next day, talk to the same lady, she still could't find the code with the serial number I gave to her. You know what! It's because of only the numbers from the two sets of letter+numbers flashing are actual serial number and she was keying in the letters too. Finally, found a capable guy solve the problem and it worked like a charm.

So, it seems the 1-6 combo should work for most of the honda models. 2 important things to remember are:
1) hold 1 and 6 key, THEN turn on the radio
2) only the digits in whatever flashing are the actuall serial number.

Good luck on the people who are visiting this site!

253) Posted by: pedja
February 23, 2005 1:03 PM

i have honda accord 1999 3.0 with cd mf928aa
i am from Belgrade , Serbia . i call Honda dealership
& they sed 85 euro. i have serial number
can someone with experiance call your near dealer
otherwise my phone account will be hohoho

254) Posted by: Maryanne
February 23, 2005 6:59 PM

Thank you for the information about disconnecting the negative cable to the battery. I have a new car - 2004 CRV - so I had the code but it wouldn't accept it. It's been two days of driving around in silence! I disconnected the negative cable-and voila!-it worked!! Thank you all for this help!
What really gets me angry is that this morning out of desperation I I called the dealership-Roberts Honda in Downingtown, PA-and they told me with the Err E message it HAS to come back to the dealership! I have an appt for tomorrow morning. Why wouldn't they just tell me this over the phone? I'm so happy I don't have to go to the dealership now-thank you! thank you!

255) Posted by: ll
February 24, 2005 2:54 AM


256) Posted by: elena
February 28, 2005 8:30 AM

ok now i'm really pissed. i went out and bought the instructions and the special tools i needed to pull the radio from my 93 accord. i wrote down EVERY number on the freakin radio, including the model number and reference number on the white sticker on the back of the unit which i know is the one i'm supposed to get. there was not one single piece of alphanumeric information ANYWHERE on that unit i failed to write down.

so i call the freakin dealer this morning (who happens to be the one who originally sold the car, new, many moons and several owners ago) and the parts guy is telling me that NONE of the these numbers are the one i need. WTF?!??!??!?!?!?!? is it tattooed in invisible ink????? this is disgusting - and infuriating. guess i'm gonna end up buying some POS radio to stick in there and install it myself. thanks for nothing, herb chambers of boston!

257) Posted by: JULIE
February 28, 2005 11:19 AM

OK I HAVE a honda accord and i'm looking for the code to my radio when my batterie died i could not turn my radio cause it ask for a code so if you'll can help me gat a code i would really thank you.

258) Posted by: Don
February 28, 2005 11:51 PM

HELP!! Just picked up a 2000 Accord and put the factory CD back in tonight. Had the code and entered it no problem. AM/FM works great. But the CD just says ERR. Any ideas? I've purused this board but can't seem to find this issue. Hoping to save a trip to the dealer (I've had Honda's for over a decade and never had this.

259) Posted by: Maryanne
March 1, 2005 8:57 AM

Don, Reply to #258 comment
Read my comment a few above yours. I also had the ERR E code on my radio. That means that you tried the code several times and it has now locked you out. On this board, there were two ways discussed to re-set the radio:
1) Pull out the radio fuse and wait a few seconds then replace.
I tried that and it didn't work.
2) Open up the hood, and remove the negative cable from the battery. Wait a few seconds, then replace the cable.Start car. Turn on radio. it will ask for the code-carefully put in the code! I tried this and it worked! Saved me a trip to the dealership. The dealership was telling me that I had to return to them but this worked for me. Good luck.

260) Posted by: Jenna
March 1, 2005 12:38 PM

I have just bought a 99 Accord Coupe EX and the Cd player sucks! It wont play any Burnt CDs! Does anyone know how to solve this withought having to install a new headunit! Thanksss

261) Posted by: Ryan
March 2, 2005 8:37 AM

Alot of these threads are true, however some of us are not so lucky. If calling the dealer does not work for you and they want you to come in try searching for honda radio codes on ebay. It usually only takes a few hours and is pretty cheap to the alternative of going to Honda.

262) Posted by: Shelley
March 3, 2005 3:12 PM

I own a used 1999 Honda Accord, and had quite the surprise getting in my car today. First of all, it was completely dead of juice- it seemed that one of the battery terminals had come loose. I reconnected, and got into the car, only to see CODE staring at of the radio at me.

Having no manuals sold to me along with the car, I was a little freaked. This website has truly been a goldmine. I found the radio serial number in my glovebox, called the dealership, and they gave me the code just like that. I think I'll sharpie the bitch into the glovebox for future reference! :)

263) Posted by: Kyong
March 3, 2005 3:52 PM

Just wanted to let you guys know:

Because of this website, I was able to search my '00 Honda Odyssey, and found the white sticket with the CODE on the first line, and the Serial# of the unit on the second line.

This sticket was:
- as I am sitting in the driver seat,
- open the lower personal compartment directly underneath the cupholder / ashtray;
- the sticker is on the left side panel, on the outside

My code was: 12216, and upon turning the engine to AUX, then turning the CD unit on (it had Error3, I think, on it), I entered in the 5 digits, and the FM station came on (static, of course).

I went ahead and called in to my local honda dealership, and they would have charged about $95.00 for this information and the privilege of taking the CD unit out of the car.

Thanks to whoever started this thread, because it's save me some sanity on the long, grid-locked drive to and from work!

Good luck to all...and keep looking for the's there...somewhere...

264) Posted by: Eric
March 4, 2005 3:35 PM

i got a 99 honda civic and i had same problems as above, thanks to all your comments i was able to check everywhere in my car finally finding the number on the outside of the glove box.. on the side - maybe where urs is. thanks again

265) Posted by: Kurt
March 6, 2005 8:45 AM

I own a '00 Accord, and my code is in two places that I know of. Well, three if you count the card that came with it when I bought it. The first is behind the steering wheel. Turn the wheel 180 degrees from center, and it is on the sticker that is exposed. The second place is on the underneath side of the top of the center console. I have not checked to see whether it is in the glovebox, fuse box, or anywhere else. Might be, might not. But I had to use it a while back, and after looking at the card (which did come with the car, which was cert. preowned whe nI bought it), and I noticed the number looked familiar. My steering wheel was upside down at that time, and it was right there. Cleaning my car a couple days later, I noticed it was in the center console, also. So...if you want to steal my radio, take another 10 seconds to get the code, and make your new radio and my insurance claim worthwhile.


266) Posted by: bg
March 9, 2005 8:29 PM

Yahoo! I found my code because of this webpage! It saved me from the all of the hassle. I have a 99' honda accord. Here's my code: 51431. I hope this can help someone!! Good Luck!

267) Posted by: Rico Bravo
March 11, 2005 7:19 PM

Thank you very much!! I just saved $85.00. I have a 1999 Honda Accord Coupe EX V6 and the code was inside the cover of the fusebox under the hood. Thanks again.. Kind regards... RB

268) Posted by: Chris B
March 12, 2005 5:12 PM

I've been without my radio for about 6 months now but ran into this forum and tried it again. I do have my code written on the manual but it never worked. I recently replaced the battery and tried the code and it still didn't work. I read through the forum and someone mentioned something about looking in the fuse box for a code (I thought that maybe the one on my manual was wrong). I saw two fuses - one for the radio and one for radio backup. I ended up pulling the fuse for radio backup .. reinserted it ... punched in the code and voila! It works!

I have a '94 Honda Accord Ex - my code is 34356... maybe it will help someone.

269) Posted by: Steve K
March 13, 2005 2:43 PM

Just wanted to say thanks to everyone and share my experience.

This is for a 2002 Honda Accord.

I tried several different 5 digit sequences based on VIN, numbers on the dealer sticker, etc. No luck.

It appears that I was given 9 tries at entering the correct code. After each incorrect entry, the LCD status message incremented by one. That is, after the first failure, it said Err1. After the second attempt, Err2, and so on down the line. Then I tried the 9th time and received the aformenetioned (and dreaded) code ErrE. To clear that message, I thought I'd pull the fuse as others have.

On the 2002 Accord, the fuse for the radio can be found in the panel located in the interior on the passenger side. It's to the right of the glove box and faces outward so you have to have the passenger door open to see it and access it. I pulled the fuse, waited about 30 seconds and I was again able to start entering codes.

I checked for stickers in all of the locations mentioned in previous posts and the ONLY place I found it (finally) was under the lid of the center console.


270) Posted by: Sean
March 13, 2005 3:17 PM

Riddle Me This - Riddle Me That

After reading several comments here I came to understand that there is a little white sticker secretly placed within the car.
The sticker is doubled-lined where the first line reveals the 5-digit code necessary to reactivate the Honda stereo, the bottom line contains a long alpha-numeric sequence that may be ignored.
Initially I searched the recommended locations: under the fuse box cover and all of the outside surfaces of the glove box, coin trays, etc. to no avail. Feeling flustered I thought I'd give it another try an slowly comb over the entire surface of the car and lo! I found the sticker located in the TRUNK along the lip where the trunk lid meets the body.

Advice - Take your sweet-assed time, search high and low for that little f*!!*g sticker and you may not only save the $100.00 but feel accomplished in having solved the Honda stereo riddle.


271) Posted by: Kenya
March 13, 2005 11:04 PM

Ok, well first off I do not have a Honda as of yet.. in the process of buy a 96 civic... I am so GLAD I bumped into this page... after reading comment after comment on the radio/cd/am-fm problem I will DEFINITELY ask the dealer I buy my car from what the code is... although one slight problem is that he is not the original dealer of the Civic... but TRUST me I will find an easy/moneyless way of getting that code :*) Oh yea and another thing I'd like to know... how are Honda's on mileage - I am buying this car with 80g's on it for $45g's... after all the research I've done I found that Honda's do get great great mileage but I'd just like to here this first from actual people... Thanks so much and I love this site.

272) Posted by: Kenya
March 13, 2005 11:06 PM

Opps typo $4500 not $45g's

273) Posted by: Kianna Soohafyah
March 14, 2005 1:07 PM

Does anyone know the code for a 1995 Honda Accord Ex. I am having the same trouble as everyone else>

274) Posted by: Vicky
March 16, 2005 11:44 PM

I have a Honda 2002 S2000 and am going crazy looking for my radio code. I have read all your postings, but is there anyone out there who has found their white sticker with the code on it on a S2000? Where is it? Please help!
Thanks a bunch

275) Posted by: fritz
March 18, 2005 12:47 AM

I have a 2003 accord with navi. i have the code for the radio and made it work however i cant make the navigation work with the same code. i have read the earlier post but was unable to locate it. any ideas for an accord with navi?

276) Posted by: Andrew
March 19, 2005 10:34 AM

I have a 98 Honda Accord EX Coupe and The cd player won't allow me to play any burnt audio cds. Is there anyway I can go around this? or just have to stick with it and purchase a aftermarket cd player?

277) Posted by: Elsworth
March 23, 2005 7:36 PM

The owner's manual states quite explicitly that a code is needed to reactivate the audio equipment and the new Honda came with a card with the code. Oh! You didn't think to keep it in a safe place?

Boo Hoo!

278) Posted by: Jason
March 23, 2005 11:27 PM

ALL i whant to know is how to take it out... I want to put a new radio with a face plate and i cant even take it out? does anyone know what to do... Email me at

279) Posted by: hearingdeafone
March 25, 2005 3:09 PM

you... tattooed the code on your left chest?

okay... whatever. very interesting article nonetheless.

280) Posted by: Maheen
March 25, 2005 3:42 PM

Any suggestions on how to deal with the PE-0 Error code on a 98 Accords CD-Player? Didn't have a dead battery, no foreign objects were inserted into the cd-player. Trying to avoid the dealership. I'd appreciate some direction..

281) Posted by: Kman
March 26, 2005 8:17 PM

Thanks to Post #103 Dude Williams I have my stereo out

I was stuck at trying to get the font dash panel out. I had all the scress except for the damn hidden screw hidden behind the clock. Therefore would not have to shell out dough to some lazy, kniving Honda dealer charging me for serial number recovery.


282) Posted by: Matt
March 28, 2005 11:48 AM

283) Posted by: Jen
March 28, 2005 4:27 PM

OK - finally found a tech at Honda to help me retrieve my serial number from the stereo. He then looked up my code off that serial number (John Elway Honda in Denver did this for free).

2001 Honda Civic:
**Turn ignition to on (don't turn the engine on)
**Make sure radio is off (in my case the time was flashing when the radio was off)
**Hold down the 1 and 6 buttons at the same time with one hand
**WHILE HOLDING THE 1 AND 6 BUTTONS DOWN turn the stereo on with your other hand
**This will flash 2 sets of 4 numbers - this is your serial number

Honda can look up the code from the serial number and John Elway (AutoNation) in Denver did it for free.

***Also - if you have errored your stereo out and it won't let you enter anymore numbers, disconnect the negative wire on your battery, wait 30 seconds or so and then reconnect it. This will clear out the error.

284) Posted by: allen
March 28, 2005 5:21 PM

I own a 96 Honda Accord EX. I also needed the infamous radio code. Never found it on the car. I decided to look for the radio serial number instead. It took me only 20 minutes to pull out the radio and read the number. I called the dealer and got the code. At first, it didn't work, but after unhooking the black terminal of the battery for a few seconds and hooking it up worked perfectly!!.
Some guy sells the instructions to take apart your dashboard, it is like 5 dollars. I think it's worth it if u (like me) don't know about mechanics.

285) Posted by: Natasha
March 29, 2005 12:00 PM

Thank you Jen for your posting "283) Posted by: Jen (xx.15.93.202)
March 28, 2005 04:27 PM"

I have a 2002 Honda Accord and this worked!!!!
**Turn ignition to on (don't turn the engine on)
**Make sure radio is off (in my case the time was flashing when the radio was off)
**Hold down the 1 and 6 buttons at the same time with one hand
**WHILE HOLDING THE 1 AND 6 BUTTONS DOWN turn the stereo on with your other hand
**This will flash 2 sets of 4 numbers - this is your serial number

286) Posted by: Got Screwed
March 29, 2005 3:59 PM

Just like my name said, I got screwed.

I bought a stock Honda radio with CD player for $20 from a colleague (because on my Civic, I only have AM/ suck is that). I reconnect the new shiny radio and I'm now faced with the dubious task of entering the god damn code.

The problem is this CD player didn't come with my car (so looking around the car is not an option). My @#$#%$# colleague has already sold his #$#@#@$#@ car. Worst still, this #$#@#$% colleague has already quit his @#$#$ job and left the @#$#$#$ company.

Does anyone in this forum thinks is there anyway I can try to call into a Honda dealership and get the code? Or is that 20 bucks I'll never see again....

287) Posted by: schillachi
March 31, 2005 11:43 PM

2003 - Honda Odyssey EX - Code ErrE - successfull unlocked

i just brought a odyssey and the audio system was locked. I bought it from a chevy dealer. He asked me bring it in so that he can take it to the Honda dealer. The dealer was 1 hr drive away and he said it might take a minimum of 2 hrs. Thanks to the people over here I was able to find the code and unlock it saving me a lot of time. I dound the 5 digit code in the left side of the glove compartment. Yours may somewhere else. There are some additional steps to be done if "ErrE" appears. Here are the steps (for Honda Odyssey). it's pretty simple.
1.Take the fuse puller from passenger side under-hood fuse box. (Details about location of fuse-boxes are in the owners manual).
2.Pull the radio fuse the pasenger side interior fuse box(fuse no. 6 - it is written in the fuse box also) using fuse puller.
3. Put the fuse back after 10 secs or so.
(removing and putting back the fuse is pretty easy - just like a plug)
4. enter the code.

Start listening to the music !
Good luck

288) Posted by: Uh Beast
April 1, 2005 3:22 PM

have a 92 honda accord, last week the radio went and now woke up this morning and unable to get anything from the air, heat, defrost, etc. all lights work in the area, but NOTHING. i took it to one spot and they say that it is not the fuses, told me they are unsure. I NEED SOME HELP, BAD!!

289) Posted by: Scott
April 5, 2005 12:25 PM


I own a 2002 Honda Civic and even though I have a little plastic card from the dealer w/my code on it, I decided to see if I could find it anywhere else on the car (yeah, I have no life! Ha!)

After a little searching I DID FIND IT!! Mine was on a little white sticker inside my glove box. VERY obvious.

It looked like this:

xxxxx (five digit code-THIS IS RADIO UNLOCK CODE)
xxxxxxxxxxxx (twelve digit alpha/number code)

Good luck!

290) Posted by: mindylou00
April 5, 2005 4:54 PM

I'm having problems with my 95 Civic's radio code. I have the code, but it won't let me enter it in. I start to punch in the numbers, and nothing happens. Occasionally it will beep at me...any suggestions? We have tried unplugging the battery, turning the car on/off, ect.

291) Posted by: Kartik
April 8, 2005 12:33 PM

This thing is awesome. i was driving this Honda Accord'97 of mine, without music, since months.
Today I found this, read all the reviews, and gave it a shot....guess what....
Thank you sooo much...
Love You

292) Posted by: maryslittlelamb
April 8, 2005 1:02 PM

I have 2003 Civic. any idea where my code might be located? Battery died earlier this week. I got a jump but now I am radioless.

293) Posted by: Ethan
April 9, 2005 4:39 PM

I have a 2002 Honda Accord EX and I could NOT find my sticker. All I had to do though was go to my nearest Honda dealership, show them proof of ID and that I own the car (registration) and they gave me the code right there on the spot.

EASY! Just go to a Honda dealership with the U and L code you get after doing the "hold down the 1 and 6 buttons" thing.

294) Posted by: SevenT
April 10, 2005 4:32 PM

My two cents worth of bitch and experience. Maybe someone from Honda will take note of the bitching, and maybe someone can benefit from my experience.

First, I have a 2003 Accord V6 EX 2 door.

Today I disconnected the battery to clear the service light on the dash. Those who do their own service or do not take their cars to Honda dealers for service (you can do that without voiding your warranty) might also need/want to do this. Of course, I got the CODE error on my radio. I couldn’t find my “card with the code” anywhere and assume I never got it to start with, no matter what anyone says should have happened.

I read all the advice on this site and did manage to find first the radio serial number on the left outside of the glove box, and then the same number PLUS the radio unlock CODE on another sticker in the top of the sunglass compartment in the headliner above the windshield.

OK, now for the bitching – so I’ve read the wise guys (one claiming to work for a Honda dealership too) who tell you its your fault either for removing the battery, or for not keeping the code in a safe place. First, I can remove the battery whenever I want to. Its my car, I own it, and there is nothing in the manual against it, and it does not void the warranty. And, I am quite capable of doing it, either to change the battery, to clear the onboard computer, or to clean the battery or the battery compartment. Us old style handymen like to tinker with our toys.

Further, since Honda does not warrant the battery as such, and a battery life is finite, it’s a given that some owners are going to experience a dead battery at some stage. That puts you back at square one with the CODE required for the radio, and you didn’t do a damned thing to get to that point. So Honda workers, a little lees of the finger pointing please.

I’ve never needed the code till now, and I have every damned paper that came with the car in my filing system. I know I put everything there when I got the car, but no card with a code. So, since its also not a normal thing to expect an unlock code for your radio, I assume the dealer missed giving it to me, and I of course never thought to ask him for it. I’ll bet I’m not the only one in this position.

Strike one against the system Honda has in place. It is NOT foolproof in making sure you get your code.

We are not yet talking about someone who buys a used Honda, not knowing about this “feature”, and then being even worse off when the dreaded CODE is required.

Strike two against Honda for not backing up the maxim that Honda’s are excellent investments. They might maintain their retail value for sure, but customer service for the radio code is not transferred to the new owner, mainly because there isn’t a reliable service to give you the unlock code in the first place.

Its ridiculous to expect a customer to dismantle the equipment you sold them (or pay to have it dismantled) simply to supply a code that the manufacturer requires that you have but did not set up a foolproof method of delivery and backup. OK – not quite true for the newer Honda’s, where you can play the radio game and have it give you the code. But who knows about that anyway, so why even count it?

And, here I am with a $20 000 plus car, and I am getting this kind of run around because Honda wants to “protect” my what - $200 radio?? And then realize that some dealers want $100 to “fix” this ridiculous problem, and you get to feeling that Honda either just doesn’t get it, or they are trying hard to piss you off.

Strike three against Honda for getting really mixed up about what is important to the customer.

For crying out loud! I have insurance for my $20 000 plus vehicle which includes the radio, and they are giving me a really hard time just to protect the radio for me? What is it with them and this radio? The wheels and tires are worth far more than that, and anyone can jack the car up and undo the wheel nuts and steal my wheels. What’s the difference really? Where’s my protection for my wheels and tires?

As for the dealers, I’m sure some of them are trying to rip us off. But ultimately, the dealer never decided on the radio, or the code feature. On the other hand, I don’t buy my car directly from Honda, so it’s the dealer who makes the sale, and should live with the problems afterwards. If he doesn’t like it, let him take it up with Honda. As far as I am concerned, the buck stops with him. He IS Honda in any transaction I enter into and he certainly took the profit when he sold me my car.

Fortunately I was saved this time going back to the dealer to get my unlock code, but if I had, and there was any hint of payment for the code, I would have squealed like a stuck pig. Like I said, some of them are so shortsighted that they risk pissing off a captured customer (you already bought a Honda and will hopefully be pleased enough with it to buy your next one from him) over a greedy fee for the code, when down the road they could lose another sale of a $20 000 plus car because you are totally tee’ed off with Honda (dealership and manufacturer the same in my book as explained above).

Thanks for reading this far and good luck finding your unlock code.

295) Posted by: max
April 16, 2005 4:07 PM

If anyone please has the radio code for this serial number:
It's a Honde Civic '01 EX.

296) Posted by: Joe Mc.
April 17, 2005 9:26 PM

My daughter left the lights on the other day on our 97 Accord S.E. I jumped it off and charged the battery but the radio doesn't work. It's not asking me for a "code", though I do have it. It just says "ERR-3". The manual says take it to the Honda Dealership. Where can I find what this means and how to resolve it?
Joe Mc.

297) Posted by: fritz
April 18, 2005 8:48 PM

**for those that have the 2003+ accords with navigation**

there is already a mentioned method on how to obtain the radio code using the seek and ch buttons so im not going to cover that.

to obtain the navi code, go to the drunk and look at the player that that houses the dvd. on the bottom of it, there should be a serial number, my started with dcb2300... this is the serial number that you can take and call a dealership to obtain the code for navigation.

if youd like, you can email me and i can give you detailed instructions.


298) Posted by: Doug
April 23, 2005 10:14 AM

I've owned two Acura Integras now (`91 and `94), and a 2004 Honda Civic.

Two all of the people going "I'm going to buy a Chevy or Ford, this sucks, never again", well, I have to say that if this one issue is so serious that you're going to eschew reliability and gas mileage in favor of a lesser car, be my guest. If you bought your vehicle new, the car DOES come with the radio codes on a card, sometimes on stickers on the card so you can place them somewhere. This is noted in your owners manual, which hopefully you actually read when you bought the car, so you didn't throw the card out. If you bought the car new and this card did not come with, go back to the dealer with all paperwork you do have and pitch a fit; hopefully they'll handle the situation for you.
If you bought the car used, I do sorry for you, but it may be possible to call the person you bought the vehicle from (hopefully you kept that information), or to use the serial number from the factory radio and call Honda Motor Co. and you will likely get help. With my second Acura Integra, having read the owners manual, I e-mailed the former owner and got the radio code before I had my battery replaced, knowing what was about to happen. There are ways of getting the codes free or cheap, you just need to retrieve the serial number from your radio, which is stickered to its metal casing (which is likely why some dealers charge for this, some may need to remove your radio to get the serial numbers for certain model years). If you can get the serial number yourself, it is much more likely the dealer will not charge you to get the code. The websites people have previously mentioned will also get you the unlock codes relatively cheaply, but you will still likely need the serial numbers off of the factory radio.

As additional info, the code is different for every car. If you find your code, posting it for everyone else will not help. Most Hondas (all that I know of) have a five-digit code. If you enter it in incorrectly three times, you will have to have the car off for an hour before you can attempt again. At one time, there was indeed an issue in some areas with factory radios being stolen (I forget the reason) which is why Honda probably put such a system in place. If you are truly not worried about it, once you have the code, write it in indelible marker on the metal casing of your radio, or on an adhesive label and stick it inside your glove box.

This may be a pain to some people, but really, I think a number of people here are overreacting.

299) Posted by: hilary
April 23, 2005 7:10 PM

to doug (post#298). Some people may be overreacting but most of us who have posted on this site have gone through alot of hassle to reset our radios. There does not seem to be any consistency with Honda as far as giving codes, placing the code sticker in the same place in each car (some are in trunk, some on ashtray, some under or in glove compartment, etc...) As far as reading the manual: if your car is used, you may not get a manual or even a mention from the used car dealer that there is a radio security code (I didn't when I bought mine); yeah we should all read the owner's manual if we get one, but there is a chance people won't until they have a problem and therefore not know about the radio code until way after the car has been purchased. SevenT's post #294 says it best. Each of us who have had problems with the radio code take responsibility for our actions with regards to our cars but we also expect a little help and regard for understandable frustration from the Honda people we have had to contact to deal with our radio problems. And if some of us choose to buy another brand of car next time, there are others besides hondas that get good mileage and are reliable.

300) Posted by: chin
April 25, 2005 5:54 PM

this is all BS. Just call up the dealer where the honda was bought and give ur VIN. If its 2nd hand then call up the dealer where the person u bought the honda from was bought. Thats what I did. This is my conversation "Hi. I bought an accord from a person who bought it from you (Anderson Honda). I need the stereo code please". He said "one moment. ill need you VIN to see if you bought it from here". I give him the VIN. He asks " Mr.XYZ?" I said "yeah thats the person I bought the accord from." He said "ok the code is blah blah".
Thats it!

301) Posted by: hilary
April 25, 2005 8:39 PM

reply to post # 300 from chin: if you have read these posts, you will see that it has NOT been that easy for every person. if it was so easy for you to get your code, why did you need to find this site? the dealer i called would NOT give me the code without the serial # which can be a pain to get. just because you had an easy experience does not mean other people have or will, hence the number of posts on this site!

302) Posted by: Bobby
April 26, 2005 2:50 PM

my battery died and i replaced it, but now my radio just says code. i've read here that this is a security measure and a code needs to be inputted into the radio. i'm going to try to find the code myself (either in the glove compartment, fuse box or under the change holder) but a quick question for you all: how many letters/digits is the code?

303) Posted by: Dani
April 27, 2005 4:22 PM

I'd like to thank whoever set up this web site. My husband and I purchased a used 02 CRV yesterday. The battery needed to be replaced, hence the radio code issue. We found this web site, followed the instructions on entry 285, retrieved the radio's seriel #. Today we called Coggin Honda in Orlando, gave them our VIN # and the seriel # and they gave us the code at no charge. We also have to have our seat belt checked, the driver side clip is not working, this is under warrenty and they will do this for free as well.


304) Posted by: juli
April 27, 2005 8:01 PM


305) Posted by: Lisa
April 28, 2005 7:56 PM

I have a 1997 Honda Accord and needed the code for my stereo because the battery was disconnected. I was told it would cost $50 to take the stereo out, look at the serial #, and tell me the code. Instead, I bought another stereo. Now I am selling the car and want to put the old stereo back in. I brought it to the dealership (Northwest Honda) and they looked up the code in their database for free. I immediately taped it to the inside of the glove box so whoever buys it won't have to go through the process to retrieve the code. If you take the stereo out yourself it should cost nothing for the code.

306) Posted by: Enrique
May 3, 2005 1:34 PM

Man I have to give major props to this page, I thought I was so screwed when I saw the word code on the stereo of my 96 Acura Integra. I bought it used just recently and had no idea that this would happen if I disconnected the battery. lucky for me I found this page And took some of the advice in it. I actually found my five digit password in two places I went under the dash and found it on a sticker right under the stereo (ironic) and I found it on a sticker on the ashtray when i pulled it out, didn't have to spend a dime thanx lots.

307) Posted by: Warren
May 3, 2005 3:23 PM

My girl friends car battery went dead yesterday and I found this site which had me looking high and low for a 5 digit code, well after taking out the center console, whole lower dash looking in the trunk, on every door jam, hinge, fuse box, I finally caved and just wrote down the Model#, Ref.# and the Black sticker with white letters and numbers started with a "M" just one set of numbers with about 7 or 8 characters number in the Glove box that had numbers above 6,(which I couldn't enter. Gave her the numbers and she called the dealer with vin# and the glove box code (not 5 digits and digits higher than 6) they gave her the 5 digit code to make it work again. so now I'm going to eating steak :D The glove box code was the one they needed although it WAS NOT enterable in the player it was the key to get the one that was. So don’t take your car apart if you find this code kick back and call the dealer. Let them do the work. Wish I would have. The glove box code was the first number I seen even before I found this site. Duuhhh lol wasted 5 hours looking.

308) Posted by: Ash
May 4, 2005 4:46 PM

This might be listed somewhere on this page (I did not care to read all this). Piece of advice:

309) Posted by: peter
May 4, 2005 6:42 PM

Honda Civic 2003
code was on a sticker on the inside of the truck, on the rear wall (opposite the seats)

white sticker with
5 numbers
lots more just under it.

310) Posted by: Lori
May 4, 2005 7:37 PM

I am so thankful for this site. I had absolutely no clue about the radio code in Honda's. Luckily from a post from someone on this site I looked for the code in my clove box and on the bottom of my ashtray. Thank heavens the previous owner had put a piece of masking tape with the radio code written on it. It was great.

Thanks Again

311) Posted by: nickcivic
May 5, 2005 1:04 PM

I got the same problem as you guys. I bought a used 96 civic and I thought there was just a faulty wiring on my CD player. It was very annoying listening to tunes and hear the beep and my CD turns off and then come on again.

Instead of shelling the $90 from Honda to get the code i just reconnected the constant 12V power supply to my CD by tapping into the 12V off the cigarette lighter. It works !!

312) Posted by: james
May 5, 2005 3:48 PM

i know a site where u put ur vin number and get the code for ur stereo it might still work dont kow check it out

313) Posted by: mandy
May 5, 2005 6:09 PM

yeah, you have to pay 3.99 to see the instructions on just thought you guys might want to know that sites a waste of time.

314) Posted by: joe b
May 7, 2005 11:50 AM

I had the same problem with our 99 prelude. After searching the web I found the answer at " It took me about 10 minutes to remove the radio and get the ser. no.

315) Posted by: David
May 7, 2005 1:05 PM

99 Honda CR-V
Thank You
After replacing battery, bought at Walmart for $39 + tax etc total $49 or so, I had no radio. Honda Dealer in Irving Tx. says 80 bucks. Your site and
your link to removal to get serial number at
Took me an hour RR and a call to original dealer 30 seconds to Bale Honda to get code. Bale says
5 calls a day , a real mess!

316) Posted by: Stuart
May 7, 2005 2:34 PM

Can anyone tell me the procedure to enter the code once I have it. I have no book.

317) Posted by: Andrey
May 7, 2005 5:26 PM

It sounds like you guys are just bunch of kids who has no idea how the electronics work. The code is there to protect your stereo if its stolen. Basicaly for some one besides the owner there is no point to steal your stupid stereo becouse they wont be able to unlock it. So really the code is there for you. Stuard what kindof Honda you got I can help you on entering the code.

318) Posted by: hilary
May 7, 2005 8:21 PM

to stuart post 316...check out other posts on this site to see how to enter your code. and to andrey, post 317, there is no need to call anyone "a bunch of kids"? if this is the case then you are just a kid who cannot spell...don't call people names; it is not nice

319) Posted by: jAMES k
May 9, 2005 12:51 PM

1999 Civic EX found radio code plain as day on sticker in glove compartment.

320) Posted by: Adam Konner
May 11, 2005 2:44 PM

I have spent hours looking for my code in all the places suggested on this site. I finally found it under the lid of the TRUNK! On a little white sticker with numbers printed on it. Who'd a thunk? It's in the trunk!

321) Posted by: moishe
May 11, 2005 4:53 PM

get the radio out, get the s/n # and call your dealer tell him you have the S/N ready, if he wants you to come in then he is full of shit and he is about to rape you.
keep calling diffrent dealers until you get your code.
best if you call YOUR dealer but if you have a used honda call any dealer and tell them you have a used honda and you think they were the orignal seller of this car
when they ask for the vin...
tell them you did not write it down but you have the S/N for the radio if that help :-)
worked for me

322) Posted by: Michelle
May 12, 2005 1:25 PM

I had the same problem on my 2003 Honda Accord. I called my local honda dealership (I did not even purchase the car there). The service manager told me to first turn off the stereo then hold down the 1 and 6 button at the same time, then turn the stero on. At that point 4 numbers will flash on the screen, then another set of 4 numbers will flash after that. Having those 8 numbers I called back and they were able to give me the code over the phone. I was so happy I didn't have to pay and that they could do it over the phone. I assume those 8 numbers are the serial # to the stereo, I guess they don't have to pull the stereo out. Hope this helps.

323) Posted by: George
May 12, 2005 1:43 PM

Just had to take the battery out of my 2003 Honda Civic and ran into the same problem. Sat here reading this page sure that I would have to go through so much trouble to get the code. Well, figured I would just get it over with and call the dealer where I bought it in 2002. They gave me the code in 3 minutes! Now it is plastered all over the car so I don't ever forget it. Thanks for all the info on this site, priceless!

324) Posted by: Victor
May 18, 2005 11:13 AM

All the dealer is going to do, is remove the radio, read the serial number from the back, and re-install the radio. (THAT costs you 85 to 100 bucks.) Now, with that serial number the dealer will call the manufacturer and obtain your code. Your dealer should do that for free, if you give them the serial number. You can take your car to a stereo installer and ask them to remove your stereo, annotate the serial number for you, and reinstall it. (Much cheaper than dealer.) And for the adventurous, you can look up the instructions to remove your radio on the net.

325) Posted by: Sue
May 19, 2005 2:14 PM

Unwilling to pay $80 to the dealer, I called the Honda area headquarter, and the customer service provided me the instructions to retrieve my stereo serial number without popping out the radio. The instruction is the same as the post on #285.

Is there a list of honest or dishonest Honda dealers on the net? So that we can have a better protection on our money, if we still dare to buy a Honda car in the future.

326) Posted by: Rusty
May 21, 2005 7:59 PM

This is funny. The theives know why it's there and you won't see them stealing those radios. It's too easy to move on to the next. I don't want to say you're too stupid to understand how the anti theft works, but maybe you just need to open your mind a little bit. It's actually a good feature.


327) Posted by: Rick Morrow
May 22, 2005 3:42 AM

Ok do you pull the negative cabel or the fuse? Thanks

328) Posted by: T
May 24, 2005 2:23 AM

Anyone know the code for a 99 honda civic ex?

329) Posted by: Mario B.
May 24, 2005 10:44 AM

I've got the same problem most of you guys do, and I followed all the suggestions I found here but nothing worked. Most of you live in the U.S. and it's easy for you to get the code to unlock the cd player for free. I bought my car (Honda Civic EX '99) in the States but I live in El Salvador. Here, the dealers charge $50 to give me the damn code ($10 the number)!!! I was wondering if any of you could post a or some phones numbers where I could call in the States to get it for free, or if someone could get the code for me. It won't take you much time to make that phone call. The serial # is M98N208156, the Ref. # is CQ-JH5815ZC, and the Model # is 39100-501-A300. Thanks a million.
Mario B.

330) Posted by: Jack
May 25, 2005 1:40 PM

Okay, here's an old story with a new twist.

I disassemble my son's 2000 Civic battery to clean the terminals, then reassemble it, and get the now infamous radio error code.

No problem: I have the official Honda radio serial number and code card from when we purchased the car new.

So I enter the five digit code on the card and . . . get the first error message! I enter it again, and error again. This goes on until I reach the maximum of 10 tries. Then I have to take the battery terminal off, and put it back again. Ten more tries, ten more error codes.

The radio is the original one. So I call the Honda dealer. They're very unsympathetic, and just say "Bring it in." I see huge costs.

But after reading these posts, I do an exhaustive search through the car for an alternative five digit code tag. No luck on the finding a five digit code, but in the glove compartment is another radio serial number on a plain white tag (same format as the "official" serial number on the card, but the last dgits are different).

I call a friend who works at an out of town Honda dealership, he puts that new radio serial number from my glove compartment in his computer, gets a new (and different) five digit radio code. So I enter that one, and voila! We have sound!

So the damnable "oficial" radio code card was wrong! My best guess is that the factory swapped out the radio when the car was still new, and did not update the card. Any other theories?

Anyway, thanks to all who posted here!

331) Posted by: Dave
May 25, 2005 11:13 PM

It's just nice to know that I am not the only one who would like to tell Honda where to stick it's cOde!

332) Posted by: dan
May 27, 2005 10:52 PM

same problem,,,,,batery dead, jumpstart no stereo...fuck?
I 'm fuking sell my Honda and never buy one again. Fuck you Honda you make me sick, I called customer service just like the guy said in the other post and told that in thier face...I feell so much better now.

333) Posted by: Mike
May 29, 2005 11:17 PM

My car got toed.. The idiots left the dome light on and it killed the battery.
when i got it back the battery was dead and the radio didnt work.

We rent cars out and the same thing happend to one of the Hondas. It was a easy fix, once you have the number.

Now I got the SN for my honda and I will be calling Barrie Honda tomorrow.

Thanks for the tips and help guys!

334) Posted by: Hidilolla
June 2, 2005 1:30 PM

Thanks for the great tips people. I had "the" problem with my honda 1997 right? Read this site, went and checked under my fuse box lid, there it was written in bold and bling. Got it, put it in, there goes my rap music again........
Hope you made other Honda victim's days great too.


335) Posted by: Melinda
June 3, 2005 1:56 PM

I found the radio serial number in the left side of my glove compartment for my 2000 odyssey van. Called up honda and they gave me the code. Thank you, thank you. That was alot easier than trying to take out the radio.

336) Posted by: HansXi
June 5, 2005 12:17 AM

I got the same problems, I lend my car to my friends when I was on a travel, he jump-starting the battery back to life, the CD was locked. I am very cofusing now! How can I get the CODE back???

337) Posted by: Caleb
June 5, 2005 10:43 AM

I FOUND MY CODE. I have a 2002 Accord, the code is on a white sticker stuck to the inside of the glove box. It consists of 5 numbers above some other set of alphanumerics. Hope this helps someone.

338) Posted by: Ignatius
June 5, 2005 6:26 PM

Thanks folks. I have a '98 CRV. I FOUND THE CODE (underneath the ash tray). Replaced the battery and ..oops..Code?? punched in some numbers and got locked out. As usual I got on the web and got this site. Wow! thnaks for all the tips. I checked the Glove box and got a number (must be the SN for the Radio/CD) , opened the Fuse box(in the engine compartment) no labels. Next I pulled out the Ash Tray and on the bottom of the try I saw a white sticker with 2 lines. One was numeric and the other was alpha-numeric(Same found in the glove box). Since my last try (3 hours ago) it was still on err-3. Removed the battery post for a few minutes and connected it. Stated the RADIO and plugged in the number and WOW it worked.. Quickly wrote the number on the manual... Just in case I happen to sell the CRV to another poor soul..THANKS..THANKS and THANKS to all who contributed.

339) Posted by: Jane
June 7, 2005 1:44 PM

A dealer that I bought my civic from told me that they have to charge me an hour of labor ($72) to take the center console off to look at the back of Radio/CD player to get the serial number of it. I asked them if I can do it myself and was told that I could but there is a chance that the center console could be damaged easily and to replace that it will cost me more than an hour of labor fee. Honda Dealers can input the serial number of Radio/CD player and get the radio code for it. My dealer was nice enough to get the serial code w/o charging me after all.

340) Posted by: Mike Lewis
June 8, 2005 7:29 AM

Can someone direct me to where to find the stero code for my 1998 Honda Accord

341) Posted by: Brian
June 9, 2005 5:40 AM

I had the same thing happen with my 2000 Civic EX when I had to replace the battery. The problem was that Honda had no record of my radio's code and the unit had to be pulled and sent into Pansonic(?) for "re-coding"... honda had replaced my stereo about a year before, and forgot to give me the new code. I wish I had known about the "memory saver" mentioned by one of the first commenters. It would have saved me a week without music. I'm glad I wasn't charged for all of this as others have.

For Mike Lewis:
Look in the Users Manual and anything else that is in that packet. you MIGHT be able to find the code there. Also look for a little plastic business-sized card in the glove compartment with the code printed on it (as my 2000 Civic came with). Failing all else, visit your local Honda dealer, and give them the VIN number off your car. If this is the radio that came with your car, they SHOULD be able to look up the code for you. If not, they will have to pull your radio and find the radio serial number and then contact the radio manufactuerer to get the code. HTH.

342) Posted by: James
June 17, 2005 1:50 AM

After reading all the posts here it gave me some hope of finding the code, so I searched all of the places recommended with no luck. HOWEVER, I did find it under the mirror cover on the driver side visor! SEARCH EVERYWHERE for the white sticker with the code on it.

343) Posted by: BOBBY
June 18, 2005 6:50 PM

$90! That is robbery! I bought a 1995 Honda Accord EX V6 and read the manual to see if there was an anti theft device for the car. It is the most stolen model in the US and I knew it. The answer is no. But the radio has anti-theft deterant and I don't know the code. So I have decided to backup the battery with another battery before the main battery goes dead, and put a 10 cent diode ih the circuit to prevent power backup going to the main battery. Total cost shuold be less than 10 dollars. I will not be aggrevated or suprised by dick heads. I love to screw gougers!

344) Posted by: george
June 19, 2005 9:38 AM

i have an acura tl my code was underneath the fuse box lid try there :)

345) Posted by: 40 ouncer for life
June 20, 2005 1:57 PM

I have a 99 ex accord and lost my code (I couldn't find it anywhere in the car). I called every Honda dealer and they don't have the code in the computer, so they wanted me to take my car down and charge me $65.00 to get it. Fuck them.

I just sent $38.00 to and they sent me the code in 24 hours. I had to pull the center bezel, but it only took like 5 mins.

346) Posted by: doug
June 20, 2005 5:06 PM


Use the program as outlined above at 285. It works.

We called the dealer we purchased the car from and had them call Honda. No hassle. They called back with the code in ten minutes.

The whole time my girlfriend kept saying, "this is bull&%$#", over and over again. LOL

Good luck

347) Posted by: F Hotz
June 23, 2005 10:58 PM

Bought a 98 accord on Ebay and had battery go bad. It appears from the postings that a code of some sort can be acquired by looking in the glove compartment or on the outer panel of the compartment and even under the lid of the fuse box. I simply pulled the trim off the radio, pulled the radio and copied the serial number of the radio. According to the owners manual, with the serial number of the radio, Honda can give you your code number. I ended up having a car radio place give me some tips on how to remove the trim from the radio. Without the tips, I probably would have broke the trim. This audio place would have pulled the radio for $15, so I wouldn't ask a honda dealer to do it if you don't want to do it yourself.

348) Posted by: Cervantez
June 23, 2005 11:32 PM

I hope some one can help me!!! I pulled the console apart and got the Serial Number, but the Honda dealer wants me to take the car in (and charge me!!) Ok, I almost can live with the charge but the nearest dealer is 3 hours away I don’t live in the states I live In Puerto Penasco Mexico (or Rocky Point), here is the:

Serial Number: M98N238321

Model: 39100-S01-A300

Ref. No: CQ-JH5815ZC

Car: Honda Civic 99

My mail:

If some one could make the call to a friendly dealer (or one that rally is customer oriented) that you know and help me get this god for s…. CODE all really appreciated.


349) Posted by: FHotz
June 24, 2005 2:06 PM

I was able to get the code very easily from dealer with the serial number of the radio.

I called the dealer that had originally sold the car. I suppose you could go to the honda web site and locate numerous dealers until you find one that will help you.

I don't understand the problem with this. My son owns this honda and since he bought it he has had no break-ins. The hassle of getting the code for the radio has been well worth it.

350) Posted by: Jeff
June 24, 2005 9:49 PM

I happened to have my 2000 Accord's original dealer's literature still in the glovebox, so I called them and they gave me my code over the phone; all they asked for was my VIN. It was a very short, pleasant conversation. Btw the 1+6 thing did not work on mine.

But I sympathize with everyone here who have had to pay or jump through other hoops (like pulling your radio out to get the serial!). I can't believe a corporation and/or service business can legally get away with withholding a code from it's rightful owner. Sounds like grounds for class action.

351) Posted by: chris
June 24, 2005 9:49 PM

I have my code but it won't start the cd changer it says cde-01
and in the manual it says to take it to the dealer and guess how much they charge 80 dollars. It worked before the battery died. Help how do I fix my code

352) Posted by: raju_747
June 28, 2005 3:59 AM

I have the code but I don't know how to the code enter correctly.
It is for Honda CRV . It is a 6CD/Tape/AM/FM radio.
Any step by step help for this.

353) Posted by: Ginny
June 29, 2005 12:17 PM

I had the battery changed in my 98 Honda Accord and needed the code to get the radio working again. My husband tried random codes BEFORE we looked for the code in the car and locked out the radio. I found the code on the original card that was given to me by the previous owner. We disconnected the battery and left it disconnected overnight. When we connected the battery again the next day, the radio was completely dead. The anti-theft light blinks but when you try to turn the unit on, nothing happens. At this point, I called the Honda dealer. They told me I have to leave the car there for the day and that it would cost me $86 for their diagnostics. They called me later in the day and said that they found “something is wrong with the radio” and they recommend replacing the radio assembly which would cost $1375.00!! Needless to say, I’m still driving in silence. THERE WAS NOTHING WRONG WITH THE RADIO BEFORE I HAD THE BATTERY REPLACED. ARGHHHHHHHH!!!

354) Posted by: Carrie
June 29, 2005 4:05 PM

I have a '95 Accord that I bought from the 2nd owner, with no manual or anything.
A friend got the radio out for me and the serial number has a wide scratch across it! I was only able to get the last 4 numbers of the serial code and called the local dealer with that, but they said there was nothing they could do.
I've looked all the places that have been suggested on this site to no avail. Anyone know how to get the code with just the VIN, since my serial number is no longer legible?

355) Posted by: Kumar
June 29, 2005 5:18 PM

Hello all,
I have a 1994 Honda Accord and same problem.
I looked everywhere in the car as well as tried the "1-6" thing but none of it worked.
Called various dealers and they want the serial number.

Is there any way out you know which can unlock my radio?

Thanks a lot in advance,


356) Posted by: Carrie
June 29, 2005 6:07 PM

This is a continuation of post #354.

My mom was telling me to give up, but I got on to see if that would get me anywhere. I called the 800 number for customer assistance and after the very nice guy updated the car's info with me as its owner, I started to explain my problem. When I told him that half my serial number was scratched off, he said "Oh no!" and went on to tell me that that number is the only way to get the COde number. He also gave me the number for the dealer where the car was originally purchased and I called just to be sure, but of course they couldn't help me either.
In a final effort, I went to to learn how to get the radio out, just so I could see the serial number (or lack thereof) for myself. Thanks to the pdf file containing detailed and FREE info on how to take apart your car to pull the stereo out, I managed to get a full look at the sticker on the bottom of the stereo. Sure enough, no serial number BUT hand-written on the side of the sticker was a 5 digit underlined number. I pulled the fuses for the radio again, then entered the number and the radio came on! I quickly grabbed a sharpie and wrote it in 2 places on the car and entered it on's owner's link page. I know this won't help everyone but I just wanted to highly recommend!
Good luck!

357) Posted by: mike
June 30, 2005 10:59 PM

any help in locating the code for a 95 accord EX???? Thank you in advance, I believe I checked everywhere!!!!

358) Posted by: kandee
July 3, 2005 4:55 PM

When you get the code... how do you punch it in? Do you leave the car off, turn it on? Anybody... please help me out.

359) Posted by: kandee
July 3, 2005 4:56 PM

When you get the code... how do you punch it in? Do you leave the car off, turn it on? Anybody... please help me out.

360) Posted by: kandee
July 3, 2005 4:56 PM

When you have your anti-theft code... how do you punch it in? Do you leave the car off, turn it on? Anybody... please help me out.

361) Posted by: cris
July 6, 2005 4:23 PM

with the radio on to see code, just punch in the numbers with the preset buttons

362) Posted by: cris
July 6, 2005 4:26 PM

with the radio on just turn the key, punch in the numbers with the preset buttons

363) Posted by: Karen
July 6, 2005 5:44 PM

Thanks everyone - holding the the 1 and 6 down while turning on the power displayed the stereo serial number on the in-dash CD changer on our 2001 Accord EX. Took it to the dealer and they looked up the code for me. It did take a few tries to get the code in - had to do the 1-6 thing again and then put in the code and it worked fine.

I can't believe how unhelpful the dealership - where I bought the car - was. I had asked for the code before we bought the car (used) since it wasn't in the documentation and they told me the service department could get it for us no problem. (We'd already test driven a couple of cars in "code" status so we knew it could be an issue!). Should have gotten that in writing, duh. :-P

364) Posted by: Talmij
July 13, 2005 1:19 PM

I have a '99 Accord ex. I disconnected the negative terminal of the battery to replace the ignition coil. Hopefully that will finally resolve my stalling problem (that's another story. Of course it caused a new problem which I anticipated. That of the radio requesting the code. I've always wondered what was the alphanumeric number that was on a sticker inside of the glove compartment. Turns out that it's my radio serial number. I also found it printed on a card in the glove compartment along with the code for the radio. I punched in the five digits and the radio started to work. I just had to reset the clock and my preset stations.

365) Posted by: the vin
July 14, 2005 4:15 PM

Post 356 : Karen

TO ALL: the website that Karen offered is an amazing resource for installing/uninstalling parts in your car. I just wanted to thank her. I too am plauged with this inane radio code drama..... I have searched everywhere (that's right, everywhere) for the code and its nowhere on my car. I'm going to try and pull out the radio tonight... I'll let you know how that goes.
Also, if you enter the code too many times and the code won't work for you anymore... all you need to do is disconect the negative end of the battery. none of that rubbing to the positive side is necessary.
Good luck all. Stay tuned..

366) Posted by: the vin
July 14, 2005 4:18 PM

Oops, my bad... I meant Carrie, not Karen... Thank you Carrie (gotta give credit where credit is due)

367) Posted by: Luis
July 15, 2005 10:40 PM

thanks all you for the tips, i got music again. find the numbers with push the 1 and 6 and call the dealer, try to charge $100.00US. i said don´t pay anyting,because is my radio and my car, if he don´t tell me i try to call another dealer in other country, and give to me free.

368) Posted by: Brian
July 16, 2005 5:52 PM

I have a 97 Honda Accord SE and the code and stereo serial number was on the under side of the trunk lid. Code: 46411.

369) Posted by: Mario
July 17, 2005 1:10 PM

I heve read almost all of your postings and I have to say it saved me A LOT of money!
I recently bought a 1998 Accord EX but the dealer didn't have the Radio Security Code. I called around and the local dealers would have charged me more than $85 just for looking it up. I did a little checking on Google which brought me to this site and I am so glad I did. A bit of searching in the glove box turned up a number. I wasn't sure which number it was so my brother and I decided to pull the radio out of the front panel. Again, using the websites you and your readers posted, I found instructions on how to do it without destroying my dashboard. It took me about an hour, but I found all of the numbers that I needed printed on the radio (it turns out the number in the glove box WAS for the radio). Since New York time was late, I called a Honda Dealer in California and got the code in about 2 minutes! I spent 24 cents on the call when a local place was asking more than $85! Thank you everyone for your advice and suggestions posted here, it certainly saved me money and frustration with my new car.

PS - I am not sure it will work for everyone, but it can't hurt to try. The Code for my 1998 Accord EX is 25225

370) Posted by: the vin
July 22, 2005 11:49 AM

so an update....

After taking out my radio (with the help of the amazing website I found the serial # attached to the bottom. I think proceeded to call numerous Honda dealerships who told me several different things such as: i would have to call Honda's main #, I would have to bring the car in no matter what, they would still charge me some $$$.. (crazy!) but then i called Clinton Honda in NJ... I spoke to Susan over there and as soon as I gave her my serial #, she gave me two codes. The first one worked and I'm back in business. she's my new favorite person. So there's two bits of info I hope may help someone else.
-Vinnie b

371) Posted by: Bryan
July 25, 2005 11:11 AM

Called my Honda dealership and they told me a much easier way to find the serial #. With the radio OFF, push and hold down 1 & 6 at the same time. Still holding them down, turn the radio ON. You should see 4 numbers pop up, this is the first half of the serial number. Wait a couple of seconds and a second set of 4 numbers comes up showing you the last half of the serial #. It'll flash back and forth between the two several times so you can make sure you got it all. Worked like a champ for me and my 03 Civic. The I called the dealership, gave them the serial and they gave me the code (36164). 10 minutes, tops.

372) Posted by: Ern
July 30, 2005 1:24 PM

Found my code for a 99 accord V6 inside the small compartment located on side of dash, passenger side. Has a small door like the fuse box on opposite end of dash. Code nunber(5 numbers) and serial number on inside of small door. Had to disconnect the battery again for about 5 minutes,then turn on radio and it ask for the code again. Used number buttons. Worked first time. Hope this helps someone else.

373) Posted by: holden
August 1, 2005 1:12 PM

What about the 2004 Honda Civic LX does anyone know if it will play burned cd's??

374) Posted by: Hal
August 5, 2005 8:44 PM

I have a 2002 S2000. I changed the battery and guess what. Stereo won't work. I read all of the comments on this web site to get an idea where tolook for the code but no-one gives the code location for an S2000. I bought the car used and did not get a manual. Can anyone tell me where on my car this code is located?
Thanks, Hal

375) Posted by: Sue
August 7, 2005 1:05 PM

Help! I had my battery tereminals cleaned and not the radio/CD will not operate. I have the coreect code, but the preset buttons won't accept any numbers. The only message is COdEE. I tried at various times - waiting for much longer than the hour specified in the manual. Does anyone have a suggestion?


376) Posted by: kevin sullivan
August 7, 2005 10:26 PM

well it took more than 5 minutes and i wouldn't say it was on the left panel inside the glove box. Maybe it is different for different cars. I had to take the glove box off, and take the panel off under the steering wheel to get to the radio panel. Then I looked from underneath the glove box with a flashlight and found the ref and serial numbers. Also, if anyone gets CODE E on the radio.... after I disconnected the connector in back of the radio and then turned the engine on and the radio on, it displayed "CODE." I hope that the dealer gives me the infor. Thanks for setting up this board and for the useful info.

377) Posted by: Harold Oliff
August 8, 2005 8:39 PM

I'd like to thank all of you who have posted helpful information on this site. I have a 2002 S2000 and when I disconnected the battery you know what happened next. I had no code to enter and no radio serial number. With the help of this site I was able to locate the radio serial number by pushing 1 and 6 on the radio at the same time. Then I contacted my local Honda dealership and it took them about 3 minutes to give me the code over the telephone for free. The radio accepted the code on my first try. Thanks to all of you I now have music again. Great Site. I hope I am able to help someone the way the site has helped me.

378) Posted by: Sue
August 9, 2005 10:32 AM

Thanks to the site, I didn't need to travel to a dealer (30 miles here in rural PA) to have the radio reset. As someone suggested, I had the negative terminal removed again and was then able to enter the code. Radio operated immediately. Thanks so much.


379) Posted by: Kathy
August 10, 2005 9:20 AM

Thanks to this site, I found my radio serial # in the glove compartment ('99 Civic EX) - called the dealership this morning and got the code! What a pain in the @&&. Ya'll saved me at least $100. What a racket! THANKS TO EVERYONE.

380) Posted by: roy
August 14, 2005 8:22 PM

I went through this same nightmare of retrieving the code for my stock radio. I found it through the dealer and dont care cause I now use an Alpine headunit. Who would want to use a cassette player in this day and age anyway?

381) Posted by: struvite
August 15, 2005 12:45 AM


I had my battery replaced on Honda Accord 2000 V6 and since then the radio doesn't work b/c of the code. I looked everywhere: in the glove compartment, doors side panel, in the trunk, under the hood, in the fuse box, near the rear speaker, and in the middle compartment. And unfortunately haven't been able to find the code. I was wondering if anyone out there who has had a similar problem w/ Honda accord 2000 v6 and where they found the radio code. I also tried and the 1&6 trick on the radio and that didn't work either. Please give me some suggestion cause I love listening to my music while I am driving and refuse to pay $85 for the code.

email me back


382) Posted by: Jordan
August 15, 2005 10:41 AM

2003 Honda Element
Left headlights on, battery died, jumped car, radio locked, called dealer... they want me to pay for the code that they forgot to give me when i purchased the vehicle,
got the ref# & serial# from the bottom of the radio,
tried to buy code from
page isnt accepting ref#/ser# to supply code... going to just keep calling different dealers untill someone supplies the code
pretty stupid to have the ref# and ser# printed on the radio, which can be used to get the security code for the radio... doesn't seem like a very good anti-theft system if anybody can just get the code with the ref# and ser#

btw, this is my first & last Honda because of this BS, good job Honda

383) Posted by: Jordan
August 15, 2005 10:53 AM

2003 Honda Element
got the code from the first dealer I called..
Rick Case Honda
15700 Rick Case Honda Way
Davie, FL 33331-3198

1. use a flathead screwdrive to pop off the plastic panel around the radio
2. use a phillips-head screwdriver to remove the 4 screws holding it in
3. get the serial number and ref# from the bottom
4. call Honda service and give them the numbers for the code

Nobody should be forced to pay for this crap... hopefully the above will help avoid that.

384) Posted by: ed
August 16, 2005 11:15 AM

same prob. with my 97 del sol. easy to remove radio. called dealer. got 2 possible codes for free.33133 and 31245. the latter worked. good luck!

385) Posted by: Dave
August 16, 2005 3:50 PM


Just to let everybody know, "HONDA SUCKS", i did a jump-start on my 2004 Honda Oddysey last night, and of course had to put in the RADIO-CODE again, went down to the nearest honda dealer and wanted to charge me 100.00 dollars (after paying 28,500.00 for the car!), i said not for you sucker... i went on the net looked up "honda dealers", picked the Las Vegas area, the second call did it, gave them the radio serial number and in less then 10 seconds i was back in busuness.

386) Posted by: Vinnie
August 18, 2005 12:07 PM

2000 Civic EX Sedan. Same problem, CODE after replacing the battery. Same run around from Honda. Not going to pay $85~100! Had to remove the radio to get the information. Not too bad. Got great info.(very detailed)to remove radio, from Called Honda dealer here, gave radio serial number, he gave me the code and Walah!!Hooray!
Code was 32134

387) Posted by: ...
August 18, 2005 9:06 PM

WOW!! I can't beleive i found such a helpful site on google!! So much people with the same problem as me! Thanks alot everyone! esspecially Josh, thanks alot

388) Posted by: Free?
August 19, 2005 1:40 PM

Does anyone know a site that can give step-by-step instructions on how to remove a radio from a 2000 honda odyssey? I seen many sites that do this...but none of them are FREE. I read a post up higher, and someone gave a site...somthing like '', but u have to pay like 5 bucks for that. I want COMPLETELY FREE. Anyone know anything?

389) Posted by: tony
August 24, 2005 12:04 PM has instructions for accessing the radio in the odessey (as well as other cars).

On the thread - dealerships charge for the labor of accessing the serial number; if you have the serial number most will provide the code for free. Remember not a regional thing either, so call around if one will not provide it. Also accessing the radio differs from honda to honda but directions are generally available from private enthusiast sites (not dealers). Typical removal should take 5-10 min once you have the directions. In this case google is your friend.
Another route, is to buy a new radio; nicer radios can be purchased from best buy w/free installation for roughly what the dealers are asking to open the dash.

390) Posted by: Matt
August 25, 2005 7:17 PM

I have a 2005 Honda Civic. My battery died on me recently and I had to jump it. I didn't know where to find the code for my radio, but when we bought it, a little book called "Service History" was included that contained information about pre-sell inspection and other stuff. And it also contained the radio code.

391) Posted by: Bill
August 25, 2005 11:09 PM

Read all 390 posts. Still, no one has answered the questions about how to enter a code with digits 7 8 9 or 0 . I know my code, but it has digits higher than 6. Is there no solution to this problem?

1999 Honda Civic EX


392) Posted by: Mario
August 28, 2005 6:59 PM

Great site!! After reading about 20 or so posts, I finally came across a solution w/o having to call the dealership or pay any $$. I have a 2003 Acura RSX. Code issue after jump starting battery. I found my code on a sticker within my glove compartment (left outerside, was previously suggested). There were two numbers ... I entered the first number (5 digits) and boom ... my CD player/radio is working again!!

393) Posted by: Lisa
August 29, 2005 1:01 PM

What happens when the code (which worked the first time I replaced the battery) doesn't work???

394) Posted by: cjb
August 30, 2005 10:27 PM

Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! My battery died a week ago and when it was replaced, the radio wouldn't work. Couldn't figure out what the "Code" was and the owner's manual was no help- Y'all, on the other hand, totally saved me. Found my code and now have tunes! Yeah!

395) Posted by: Kimi
September 1, 2005 12:32 AM

I have another problem, when I press skip, or other button in my Accord 2003 cd player, sometimes it suddenly asks for a code.
When I give it a code, it works. But when I tried to push the buttons randomly, again it will ask for a code.

What do you guys think is happening to my car's cd player?

Please help

396) Posted by: Jim
September 2, 2005 8:12 PM

Like many, disconnected the battery to my 98 CR-v(bought used) and didn't know what to do when the stereo quit working. From this site, I found places to look for my radio code/serial # and after 10 minutes found it(serial #) on the lift side of the glove box. I called Condon Honda in Sioux City, Iowa and they quickly gave me the code. 20 minutes later I was back in business. Thank you Scott Manning and all of you who took the time to share your stories!!!!!! Let us also all pray for the storm victims.

397) Posted by: John
September 3, 2005 3:47 PM

I have a 99 Honda Civic, the battery died the day before, went to Autozone to replace it. Bomer! The radio/cd quit working, I called the Honda dealer I usually go to, they told me to look inside the glove box, no luck, I called again, then they told me to bring the car to them to get the code for $85. I told them I would look some more. I came across this site last night, I felt like finding a gold mine. I searched all over my car. No luck. I called the dealer the previous owner bought this car from 3 years ago, they checked my VIN, but they can only locate the sales record, no code. I realized at that moment that I had to open up the deck. I spent a good 3 hours, I am a guy pretty comfortable with mechanics, by following the site's "" instruction, pretty clear, though missing one single screw at upper left corner of central panel, the procedure of disconnecting 2 air conditioning control and 1 radio connectors is just one sentence, but it is the hardest part, no much room to let my hand in, once out, need to disconnect the emergency button connector--easy. I wrote the serial no down on my manual, papers. Then I called the dealer from whom this car was purchased, the gentleman answered the phone told me that server department close 1 pm saturdays. I called the one I usually go to, the guy said I needed to drive there to show them proof of ownership, they told me I just needed serial no, now they changed their story, or maybe it was another person. I called another dealer that I really bought a honda from :), a lady transfer me to another lady, she asked me the serial number, my voice was trembling that I was afraid I did not get the right code. I asked if she needed me to repeat, she said she got it, then she gave me the sacred code. I went back to my car, reconnect those connectors, this time, it was a bit easier since I knew the places they should go into. Turn on just the power, it says code, I keyed it in, bingo!!! The FM radio came on. I want to thank all folks here for the great help. That also makes me post my experience to benefit others, don't monkey around with random guessing, be patient, and good luck. I just don't understand this honda patent, if someone stole my radio, he can get the code from serial number anyways, from some postings, honda dealers can really get some money for nothing.

398) Posted by: Hutch Honda
September 4, 2005 3:39 AM

My husband's Honda was recently broken into a few weeks ago. They stole our after market radio & changer. Since this happened we decided to put the factory radio back in the car to make it less attractive. When we contacting Honda for the price they advised us it would be $300 for the radio & another $300 for a factory changer. Honda is out of there flipping minds!!! So we to a junk yard and got another radio for $65. We installed it in our 91 accord turned it on and it was displaying the "code" error. I called the dealership & of course they closed early to start there Labor holiday...So basically I'm screwed until after holiday. My husband & I have been searching all over for a way to crack this code. I just wanted to say that all the information on the site has been a big help!

Thanks Scott Manning & all of the people for there postings.

G & F Hutch

399) Posted by: Watty
September 4, 2005 8:29 PM

Thank you SO MUCH for saving me money! Stupid Michigan dealership said they couldn't find my information here on a 2001 Odyssey I purchased in April 05 and that not only did I need to purchase the radio code, I needed the 60k maintenance too since they didn't "think" it was done because the transmission fluid WHICH WAS LEAKING was brown and the whole transmission needed to be replaced (This is a certified car mind you) So....calling the dealership I got the radio code, the verification of the 60k maintenance AND after taking it BACK to Indiana to get other minor work done that wasn't done prior to me purchasing it (though was covered) I then noticed that not only did THEY tell me that the code was on the side of the opening of the glove compartment (I could see it witht he glove box open sitting in the drivers side) BUT They even TOLD Me where it was too so they were legit with me!

They gave me all of the paperwork I didn't get the first time around (STUPID original used salesman) but also fixed all the nooks and crannies that weren't fixed the first time PLUS paid for my rental for the week. THIS WAS THE BEST CUSTOMER SERVICE I EVER RECEIVED I SWEAR! Granted I had to go back to Indiana to get it done, it got done, got done right and only cost me gas money! (either way...was cheaper than the $600 they wanted to charge me here in Michigan for crud I already had done and the stupid radio code!)

Anyway, TY for posting where to look for the code. It sure enough was on the outer part of the glove compartment drawer.

400) Posted by: Watty
September 4, 2005 8:33 PM

Sorry, it sounds a little weird. I purchased it in Indianapolis.

I googled for this page and THANK GOD it was here because either way I wasn't paying $120 for the stupid radio code!

It was my first used car purchase, first Honda ever and at first after all the issues I've had I said last too, but with the service from the dealer in Indy, if I DO ever get another one, I'll DEFINATELY be going back there! (its 300 miles away, TOTALLY worth it!)

401) Posted by: Jose GarciA
September 6, 2005 2:20 AM

I need Know What's the password of my honda Civic 97
Send me please. I need it!

402) Posted by: Mike in Houston
September 9, 2005 10:47 PM

Thanks for the site. I found my code for my 1995 Civic under the ashtry. After disconnecting the battery for a few minutes the code was entered without a problem.


403) Posted by: Gerald
September 14, 2005 9:32 PM

I need help. I entered the code to have access to the radio/cd player that came with my Montero Sport LS 2000. After the 3rd error was made it displayed OFF. I called the dealer and they said they would have to reset it for a fee. I know it my cost me alot of money. I need help on this. Does anyone know how to get to display CODE again so I can start over again.


404) Posted by: Mark
September 17, 2005 4:49 PM

Ok here's something that might help for some of the earlier honda accords. I used to have a '97 accord special edition (before honda became a smoke free car) It had an ash tray right below the radio that you could actually pull out. My 5-digit code was actually on the bottom of the ash tray. I hope this helps out some of you guys

405) Posted by: Odyw/Navi
September 18, 2005 3:05 PM

I got the radio and navi code from the dealer with the numbers on the back of the radio and navi. But the navi code he gave me doesn't work. Does anyone know how to get the navi code to unlock it?

406) Posted by: H
September 23, 2005 4:27 AM

I recently purchased a Honda CR-V cd player from a salvage company. I had it installed and obtained the code from the dealer but nothing happens when i enter it. Is there something special I should be doing when entering the code? Also I have disconnected the battery to "reset" the cd player and it is still not accepting the code. Does anyone have any ideas?

407) Posted by: Peter
September 23, 2005 9:45 PM


Called random honda dealership.

Told them that i am in the middle of knowere returning from crosscountry trip and had to stop by some service station to check on Check Engine Light. They disconected the battary terminal and now i am STUCK with out music for the next TWO DAYS of driving....

Gave the lady Serial number and BAM she gave me unlock code and wished me a safe trip home ;) ;) ;)

Live and Learn Hommies

408) Posted by: Audrey
September 26, 2005 12:02 AM

Went on to register the 2004 Honda Accord EX/Nav that i bought yesterday, and they requested these codes you're all talking about, for the CD player and the navigation! I was bummed to realize that the dealer did not give them to me.. :(

I looked in the places you all recommended (this site rocks!), and did find a weird label inside all 4 of the doors... it says "Express Code", then has a 10-digit # that looks like a toll free number, and a 5-digit code. Is this the code for the Navigation, or for the CD? I did a google search for Honda and "express code", and couldn't find any more info.

Thanks again all you posters -- i've learned a lot this evening!

409) Posted by: Audrey
September 26, 2005 12:18 AM

Continuation of previous post:

OK, just found out what the Express Code is. And it isn't the CD code OR the nav code. It's an ID system for your car that the police can scan if it's stolen.

But I have one other question: The dealer only gave me one key to the car i just bought (the manual said there should be 3), and didn't give me any of the code cards. Doesn't that mean it's likely that the previous owner (or someone at the dealership) has a full set of keys and codes to my car? Is there any way to get the locks changed when you buy a used car? Am I being paranoid? Just wondering if any of you have opinions on this. Thanks!

410) Posted by: JC servant
September 26, 2005 1:55 PM

I found that it is easier to pull the fuse than keeping the stereo on for 1 hour to have it reset to get rip of the “ErrE” on the stereo of my 2002 Honda Accord. It only toke me 10 seconds to get back to the mode asking me for the code. The radio code someone wrote on the owner’s manual is a lifesaver. It is working now!

411) Posted by: derek
September 26, 2005 6:38 PM

i have a 1994 honda accord dx and iam about to put a cd player in it but when i took out the radio i for got to take off the negative battery terminal and now the radio wont turn back on please tell me wat do i do to turn it back on my radio

412) Posted by: Audrey
September 26, 2005 7:07 PM

FINAL (hopefully) continuation of 3 posts ago:

Just called Honda service department to find out about getting the codes for my 2004 Accord CD and Nav, and the guy was really nice - he suggested looking in the glove box, but stayed on the phone w/me while i looked all over my car to find them... turned out they are on 2 little white labels in the trunk on the hinge! Each has a 4-digit code, followed by what i assume are the serial #s which start with DHB.

Thanks once again for all the help here.

413) Posted by: Kyle
September 28, 2005 11:47 AM

If your CD player comes up saying "CDE-01" and the code isn't working, I'm willing to bet you have some little kids who think your CD player is a piggy bank. I have a 99' Civic and found out how fun it is just to get the CD player out to take it apart. I got my two cents worth.

414) Posted by: Kristy
October 2, 2005 10:22 PM

I have a 1996 honda accord and that i bought used. i was having the antenna wire fixed when we plugged it back in it decided i was stolen. WHOO HOO. stupid radio. but i found a guy who knows a dealear. i can get the code for 20 bucks. and i wont even have to try to make it work! he will do it for me.

415) Posted by: Ron
October 4, 2005 12:45 PM

First my soapbox, then my results. Of course anti-theft code provides no theft deterant - just consumer headache. If I steal a system, I am looking at serial number and it is EASY to then get the code with a 2 minute phone call - no questions asked. For the rightful owner, restoring use of the system can be much harder based on my experience.

In my purchase packet, I found a card that had a space for "SERIAL #", and another for SECURITY CODE. Nothing was filled in. I called dealer where I had bought the car new, but they couldn't help without serial#.

Next, I spent hours looking through 5 year old records and receipts. Next I spent a couple of hours going through this posting - EXTREMELY valuable, but quite long.

Next, I spent over an hour turning the car upside down looking for a code or serial. Nothing that could be the 5 digit code, but lots of stickers with various numbers and letters - none of which matched what I expected based on other postings.

Next, I spent two hours taking my radio out, recording the serial #, and re-assembling. With the serial, I called my dealer back, got my code, end of ordeal. Now, the reason for my posting - WHAT I WISH I HAD KNOWN UP FRONT. (This may only apply to 2000 Civic EX that came from my dealer. There appears to be no consistency where/if stickers are placed.) My serial number was on a large white sticker glued to top front of the unit. The serial did not start with a letter as I expected. [it was 98A108357]

Once I knew what the serial was, I confirmed that one of the stickers in the glove box matched. In hind-sight - I should have first called the dealer with every number I could find. The stickers give no indication of what they represent.]

If you HAVE to remove your system, the FREE instructions found at: WWW.INSTALLDR.COM were very good, but be particularly careful when un-snapping and pulling the radio/panel assembly away from the dash. The snaps are so tight, pressure required to remove will snap a weak point in the panel if not careful.

416) Posted by: WHY NOT?
October 7, 2005 10:54 PM

Hey, let's just leave the little code box "off" and sing!?! My two yr old daughter and I do it all the time, and never have to listen to a commercial or any dreadful NEWS....!!~

417) Posted by: gee
October 8, 2005 4:33 PM

Hey i found mine on the cd player, just pull it out and there it was weitten in pen a 5 digit number.hope this helps anyone

418) Posted by: fustrated
October 11, 2005 1:54 AM

I have a 2000 honda accord. My car broke down on me this past weekend. First we thought it was the battery and went to Autozone to get it checked. It was dead so I had to buy a new one. Then the next day it died on me again. This time it was the alternator so had to buy one too. To make a long story short.. Turned on the radio and it asked for the code. After reading this forum, I looked at all the places and nothing. So my friend tried to get my stereo out to get the registration number. He unscrewed the bottom two screws but the top part he couldn't get it out. I gave him a flashlight and he saw some numbers on the bottom of the stereo. It started with an M. So I asked to to tell me so I can right it down. I had to get my state inspection so I went to the dealership and might as well try to get the code. I asked them for the code and they told me they would have to open the deck to get my stereo out for the registration number. I should have asked her what it would cost me. I gave her the number I wrote down and she asked me where I got it. I told her I found the number on the bottom of my stereo when I opened the deck. She asked me where I bought the car and looked it up on the computer. Then she gave me the code 36166. So happy now that my radio works. I was falling asleep in the car. We don't know what we have until it's taken away from us. Hope this helps anyone who's reading it. =)

419) Posted by: Andrew
October 17, 2005 10:35 PM

I went to install subs in my 2002 civic si and the damn stock deck locked me out, now i have to go to a dealer and get a new code, then i though to myself who steals a stock deck anyways? but im sure theres people out there!!

420) Posted by: Sean Courtney
October 24, 2005 2:05 PM

I can't tell you how happy I was to find this forum. I own a 2001 Honda Accord and after the battery died me and my friend noticed the word CODE on my CD player. Well my idiot friend immidiately starts masshing numbers and locked me out of my CD player. I had just called the dealership but they never called me back, so I decided to turn to my good friend Google and found this page.

I found my code inside my glove compartment, unhooked my battery terminals and held them together for about 30 seconds, re-hooked them up and input the code.

Thank you guys so much for posting, you saved me a great deal of trouble.

421) Posted by: Jim
October 24, 2005 6:27 PM

I own a 2001 Accord EX. The serial number for my stereo (6 CD/Cass.) is located in the glove box right hand side on a white sticker. Its an 8 digit number. I found this number nowhere else on the vehicle.

Called my dealer, provided serial number and info to confirm identity and they provided me w/ the code.

422) Posted by: leet
October 26, 2005 6:57 PM

i'm so mad.. i'm in Minnesota.. i called to Illinios where my car was from.. I have the cd serial number and everything.. but they still told me to bring the car in.. wth???.. i also called another shop in Cali since it's 6pm and midwest hondas are closed.. I called from (POST 164) to orange county and they told me they couldn't help me even with the serial number.. and told me they were going to charge me $80 and then stuttered for a bit and said $45.. wth?

423) Posted by: leet
October 26, 2005 7:58 PM

thanks thanks thanks.. i called many honda dealers all over the United states and i finally found a dealer nice enough to give me a code 10 states away OVER THE PHONE... the dealer that hit the spot was Anderson Honda in Palo Alto, California.. never even heard of Palo Alto or been to Cali.. (650) 843-6030... but just have your Serial Number Ready.. i'm keeping this number safe.. I never got the code when I bought my honda.. :(

424) Posted by: justin
October 27, 2005 6:07 PM got the UNinstall directions on the same site with DETAILED instructions with Photos. Piece of cake; 10 minutes (half of that hunting for dropped screws). Dealer gave the code for free. Thanks millons.

425) Posted by: hondamakememad
October 28, 2005 12:07 AM sure helped me out too.. took me 30 careful minutes and some scratches to get my serial number.. then took an hour to find a dealer to give me the code over the phone..

426) Posted by: josh
October 30, 2005 9:36 PM

thank you all i found my code under my ashtry, had to disconect the battery for 10 sec then enterd code and now i have tunes thank you all

427) Posted by: Patrick
November 18, 2005 2:36 PM

Just got my 99 honda civic home from the garage. No radio. I need the code. I'm glad I found this website, and all the useful comments. My code was on the left hand side of the glove compartment, the outer side when its pulled down. Thanks!

428) Posted by: Maac
November 21, 2005 5:56 PM

Hi all,

My stock Honda radio is dead - even the back light doesn't work.

One day the battery surprisingly died. Had to pushstart the car and, after I got a new one, the radio was dead.

It is a simple AM/FM radio with nothing else.

Anybody can shed light on this mystery?

429) Posted by: luis
December 2, 2005 9:07 PM

I know that if you are in united states where my car is from ACCORC 99coupe you can call but me? for the code I will search . I found something in glove box but have 789 digits upper than 6 how can I do im from mexico my email is thanx for the tips

430) Posted by: Derrick
December 6, 2005 9:43 AM

Thanks guys.I read a bunch of previous comments. My girlfriend has a 95 civic sedan and I disconnected the battery to install my subs. I then connected it back together and voila CODE was blinking. Her code was under the ash tray. It looked as though someone had just scratched it in. EVERY CODE IS DIFFERENT. Just look around these locations. Trunk lid.ashtray, glove box. door jam fuse box etc.

431) Posted by: Maac
December 6, 2005 11:49 AM

Solution found for the dead radio :)

It turned out that there are two fuses for the radio: one in the fuse box inside the car, and the other under the hood.

432) Posted by: luis cd err
December 7, 2005 7:49 PM

I call to the dealership or something from honda in some places nobody told me my code I waste 30 dollars in calls until a nice mexican guy from hondatold me my code 14133 im in mexico but now cd error appears , does anybody can tell me what to do ?

433) Posted by: jessica
December 7, 2005 9:19 PM

I have a 2000 honda accord ex coupe and my cd player won't play burn't cds. It will play store bought cds, though. Is there any way this can be fixed?

434) Posted by: luis cd err
December 7, 2005 10:46 PM


435) Posted by: Houston Pablo
December 10, 2005 9:11 PM

Thank you thank you than kyou.
Your tip saved me from wasting time and maybe money at the dealer. I found the 5 digit code in 10 minutes. It didn't have the M infront but all the numbers were between 1 and 6 and that gave me the clue.

436) Posted by: Sam
December 12, 2005 8:29 PM

This is the 2nd time I had to unlock my wife's acura TL radio. We forgot where we got the security code the first time but after reading on the internet we jogged our memory. Our code was written under the hood with a permanent marker. Both the navi and radio security codes were there.

We also found the navi code on the left side of the glove box after we open the box.

437) Posted by: Ben UK
December 16, 2005 10:57 AM

To get the serial number from most UK Hondas 98 onwards
.Ignition on
.hold 1 and 6
.power on radio
Post #250 was right.

For BOSE Audio in Honda Accord
.Ignition on
.Hold Eject LMU and A.sel
.power on radio
Post #234 was right.

I just called my local dealership, gave them the registration number and my name address and postal(zip) code (So they can check that I own the car) and the 8 digit serial number. They called me back in 10 minutes with a five digit code.

They told me that most Hondas are 1 and 6, so they tell people to try that first and if not then try eject LMU and A.sel.

I guess most peoples experience depends on how good their local dealership is. I just told them I was thinking of getting a service done and they were happy to help. If they are unhelpful, tell them that you wont be buying from them and find a different dealer. Maybe US Dealers are just more awkward....?


438) Posted by: the Doc
December 17, 2005 12:35 AM

Dose anybody have the password for 1998 honda accord

439) Posted by: Clay
December 21, 2005 10:52 AM

I got lucky. I called the service department about my used Honda Element code and he had it in his records since it was serviced before I bought it. He just gave me the code over the phone. Oh, dont try to figure out the code because you can lock it and have to disconnect the battery.

440) Posted by: clay
December 21, 2005 10:55 AM

We need to educate the crackheads on this little security issue. They stole my stock radio from my 97 civic once. I bet the stereos get stolen anyway.

441) Posted by: LEX
January 3, 2006 11:36 PM

I have a 2002 Acura TL and one day I started it and my radar detector and cd player were off...due to a battery interuption...they both suddenly turned on but the word "CODE" was displayed in the LCD...I tried to guess it only twice because I figured that too many wrong guesses would lock it forever...what sucks was that I was in Orlando for New Years and now this shit happens to I had to drive all the way home in silence...then I found this post and after 1 hour of reading decided to go out to the car and look for it....the CODE was located in the glovebox(on the outer left side when you open it)...a white sticker with five numbers 53426 on I put this shit in and the radio started working right away...I hope this helps anyone else with an Acura TL out there who needs this stupid code....this is ridiculous...but Im still glad I didnt have to pay $90 for this shit cause I would have paid it but they would have felt my wrath...

442) Posted by: carol
January 4, 2006 9:18 PM

i have a 2002 honda civic and recently my battery died and to my azmazement i need a code. after reading all the comments about where the code can be located i still cant find it.

is there anyon ein here who have a 2002 honda civic ex? thanks!

443) Posted by: Milenka
January 5, 2006 4:04 PM


444) Posted by: Danielle
January 10, 2006 1:21 PM

Same problem - battery died, stereo stopped working. Called the 1-800 number. After many dead ends, one rep came up with the idea of looking for a tag posted in the glove box of the car. On it is 2 numbers: one (the 8 digit number) is the stereo's serial number, the other (5 digit) is the pre-set code number. Not exactly all that "safe" if the person stealing the stereo knows about the tag.

445) Posted by: Honda Owner
January 14, 2006 9:34 PM

Message #25 for the win!!! It worked - THANKS!!!

446) Posted by: Ugatti2d
January 16, 2006 1:30 PM

I found this site and started reading all the postings. I have a 2000 Honda CRV and just recently changed the battery, something the Honda place wanted to charge me $130.00 for. The battery only cost me $60, but the code error showed up on my CD player. After looking everywhere in my car, I didn't find the code, but I did, however, find the stereo serial number on the inside of my gove box. I finally gave up and called the local Honda place. I gave them the 8-digit alphanumeric humber and they gave me the code. It is 52325. I wasn't asked any additional information! Hope this helps!

447) Posted by: jimmy lee
January 18, 2006 3:37 PM

the program that was posted at #285 is right.

i did this and got the serial number on my radio and called Honda, and gave me the code.....54622...:)

448) Posted by: becky
January 19, 2006 3:12 PM

kyle, you said you got change stuck in your cd player. my son stuck pennies in mine and i was wondering if you knew how to take the cd player out. i have a 2003 honda civic ex. please help. the cd player short has caused my tail lights to quit working my climate control backlight to quit as well. please somebody. HELP!

449) Posted by: Pharmboy
January 25, 2006 12:32 PM

Yep ! It's on the bottom of the ashtray! Be sure to take a look there !

450) Posted by: LuckyOne
January 25, 2006 11:57 PM

Back in 1999 a friend of mine gave me her factory CD player out of her Civic because she had an after market one installed and well, I asked her if I could have it. So here it is 8 years later and my fiancee has an Accord with a Cassette player only. Well, I installed the Old CD player not knowing it would need a code and after reading this thread I decided to call a Honda dealership. No questions asked other than what the serial number was. ....after a few moments he gave me the Code specific to my very old CD player. It works! Everyone....Just call a dealership and ask. It's sooooo easy.

451) Posted by: GMarcom
January 31, 2006 9:31 AM

After reading this board, I looked for a 10 digit code sticker in my car. I found one on the door panel and called Honda. They gave me a code to input in the radio. Of course this did not work and the radio finally locked me out after 10 tries. Now I have to leave the car running for 1 hour so the radio would give me ten more tries. I eventually found another 10 digit number under the coin tray and gave that number to Honda. IT WORKED. 2000 Honda Accord.

452) Posted by: Chris
January 31, 2006 7:23 PM

Just bought a 97 Accord SE from an elderly couple for my 16 yr old. Radio said Err3- reset through battery and then proceeded to look EVERYWHERE listed here. There is no code in the trunk lid- none on the doors or jambs, nothing behind ash tray, nothing under cup holder, nothing under underhood fuse box.

I gotta either pull glove box and luck out, or just pull the freakin radio. At least I found the free directions on

453) Posted by: Honda Driver
February 8, 2006 4:09 PM

Honda will give you the code if you give them your vin#, address, serial number of stereo, etc. - Call HONDA 1-800-999-1009 option 5. I bought a used factory stereo on ebay and didn't have the code. I called and they gave it to me. Free and easy.

454) Posted by: skid1
February 10, 2006 5:30 PM

I would like to thank everyone for offering advice. I disconnected the battery on my recently purchased 1998 Honda CRV and needed a code for the radio. After reading all the different ways to get the coded i started with the easiest one. Opened the glove box and on the left outside panel i found it.

455) Posted by: trgill
February 13, 2006 8:11 PM

I called honda dealership with same code problems like everyone else.My car was bought new at Phil Bachmans in Kingsport Tenn and I called them after a recent battery change and the lady told me to look in the glove compartment for a card very similar to a credit card which I couldn't find.Found this web site and tried all the locations mentioned for my code without finding anything. Then I saw where someone said they found their code inside the owners manual. I went and checked again and found the afore mentioned credit card type code card.Needless to say I had thought they had told me a line at the Honda place but not so.

This I dont understand though. I ran several made up codes through it and actually went to ERR 6 before locking up.That happened yesterday before I even knew what to do. Today when I checked the radio it had reset itself.I had done entered 3 erronous codes when I found my code. I entered it and the radio immediatly started to play. This is against everything I read and what the lady told me to do which was after the ERR locked up I would need to disconnect the battery and hold both terminal cables together for app. 10 seconds.
I maybe am the very fortunate one but maybe this tidbit of info can help some one else.I would have refused to pay for something that I had done PAYED for already. I would have changed radio's before falling into a crooks scheme.

456) Posted by: Lee
February 21, 2006 8:25 PM

Well, after the shock of realization that I had a real problem, I found this VERY long thread, which has been really quite helpful. (Yay for publicly-shared knowledge/experience!)
My solution to a replacing-battery-on-a-2001-Honda-CRV-no radio/CD-function: Found the radio/CD player's SERIAL # on the RIGHT side of the INSIDE of the glove compartment (nothing on the outside). Called the dealer where purchased and within a minute a fellow there gave me the code (BTW - NOTHING like the previously mentioned codes, except for being 5-digits).
Alas, if ERR message appears after fumbling with codes, I was told to either wait 24 hrs. for radio/CD player memory cache to clear or unhook battery & cross wires as per previous poster. Whew! Although I have had virtually NO issues with my Honda CRV until now, this is really a crappy design flaw. "Anti-theft" device, indeed! Pain-in-the-*** is more like it...

457) Posted by: moniQue
February 23, 2006 5:53 PM

If your radio is locked up with an error message and you can't figure out how to enter the code, you need to reset it---NO NEED TO DISCONNECT THE BATTERY, MUCH MUCH EASIER TO SIMPLY REMOVE THE RADIO FUSE FROM UNDERNEATH THE HOOD (NOT THE FUSE BOX IN THE CAR, USE THE ONE UNDER THE HOOD)!! It is also possible for you to drive the car for 2 hours for it to reset too, although this seems like a hassle and didn't work for me, I just removed the radio fuse from the fuse box located UNDERNEATH THE HOOD--the fuse located inside the car under the steering wheel didn't work for me.

Each time you enter a wrong code the radio will display: error1, error2, error3, and some let you have up to 6. Once you've reached the end of the errors allowed your radio locks and you have to reset it by taking out the fuse located UNDERNEATH THE HOOD NOT THE ONE INSIDE THE CAR--REMEMBER THERE'S 2 LOCATIONS FOR THE FUSES, USE THE ONE UNDER THE HOOD and that one is easier to see anyway.


1) GET 5 DIGIT CODE (here's the possibilities: look for sticker with the code USING A FLASHLIGHT - look under ashtray, under coin box, inside glove box, on left side of outside panel of glove box, printed on a plastic card inside glove box, or under the fuse box located under the hood (not the fuse box inside the car under the steering wheel). If you can't find it YOU CAN CALL OR GO DOWN TO THE HONDA DEALER. If you are too far from the dealer, call them up and ask for repair and don't tell them you've never had a code, tell them your battery died and your code won't work - they will ask you for your name or your number or even your VIN# and look it up for you. If they ask you for your code just give them some 5 digit number and tell them when you bought the car it was posted in a white sticker on the left side of your glove box panel. Most dealers will be cool and give you the code but as I've read in these posts, some want money or some make you remove your radio!! I told them my code wasn't working and the repair guy looked mine up with my first and last name and gave it to me right over the phone. I was prepared to give him a bogus one just in case but he voluntarily provided my code without having to do so.

2. If it just happened and you haven't tried to punch a bunch of wrong codes into your radio then where it displays the word "CODE" you simply enter your code. ***BUT if you've entered in the wrong code over a certain amount of times (you only get a certain amount of tries to put in your code. e.g., my honda crv only gives 3 tries). Each time you enter a wrong code you will get an error message: error1 error2 error3 when you get the error3 you've used up all your tries and so now it's locked. If you get it wrong the first time it will log that in as ERR1, then if you enter it in wrong again it will display ERR2, you can then enter it in again and the radio will go on, but if you get to the end of the error messages (for me it is ERR3 then you've locked it up and you have to reset it again, pull fuse or disconnect the neg battery cable for 10 min).

NO WORRIES, HOW TO RESET/UNLOCK: It's easy to unlock your stereo to disply the CODE screen, you have to disconnect the fuse located under the hood of your car--NOT the fuse inside the car underneath the steering wheel--use the one under the hood. Simply pull the one marked RADIO or marked BACK UP RADIO. The other alternative is more of a hassle, you can disconnect the negative battery cable (the black one) for 10 minutes. I think opening the fuse box under the hood is much easier.

This will get your radio to display the word CODE so you can enter your code. I would suggest you simply pull the fuse: IMPORTANT! PULL THE FUSE LOCATED UNDER THE HOOD NOT UNDER THE STEERING WHEEL INSIDE THE CAR. I tried that and it didn't work, it wasn't until I took out the fuse located under the hood that worked.

OKAY, then you put the fuse back (or if you chose to unhook the negative battery cable, put it back on). THEN START YOUR CAR AND TURN ON STEREO AND SEE THE WORD "CODE", ENTER CODE AND YOUR RADIO WILL WORK.

3. WRITE DOWN YOUR CODE IN 3 PLACES: 1)put in wallet, tape inside glove box or underneath ashtray, or underneath the fuse box lid and also write it down in your manual or purchase contract because you NEVER want to go throuh this again. Also mark the fuse you need to pull to reset if you get locked up just in case this happens 5 years from now and you WILL forget.


REMEMBER: the screen doesn't have to display CODE for each try, some cars give you 6 error tries. I hit the wrong button and so I got ERR1 and I entered my code with the ERR1 displayed and it worked. But since my car only gives 3 tries then after error3 I would have to reset/unlock it again by pulling that fuse underneath the HOOD. So if you get an error the first time, just reenter it making sure you have the correct code.

I read in one of these posts that the person did all the above and the code still wouldn't work and the dealer said something was wrong with their car BUT THIS HAPPENED TO ME TOO UNTIL I FOUND OUT THE DEALER REPAIR GUY ACCIDENTALLY TRANSPOSED THE NUMBER BY ONE DIGIT. AND SO I WAS WORKING WITH THE WRONG CODE!!! I called him back a 3rd time just for the heck of it and he read the code right off the computer and that's when I noticed he had read it to me earlier incorrectly. I went to my car and put the code in and my radio TURNED ON. If you think the service person at the dealer is incompetant, just call them back later or the next day and get a different guy. It is always possible that whoever entered in the number (data entry operator) may have transposed the numbers).

After spending 2 hours reading each and every post here and being given the wrong code by my dealer and then taking out fuses and disconnecting the battery and looking everywhere for the code and finally calling him back and getting the correct code and finally successfully getting my radio back on - I am posting all the above right here in this post to hopefully make it easier for the next guy--hope I didn't leave anything out:


458) Posted by: Tracey Mahon
February 26, 2006 5:22 PM

2001 Honda Accord
Just replaced my battery today for the first time. I bought this car used and do not know my CODE.


1. Turn the key to the on position
2. Turn radio on, so that the word "code" appears
3. Turn the radio off
4. Press and hold the #1 and #6 preset buttons for 3 seconds
5. Release buttons, and turn on radio
6. Your serial number will appear! It will be in the form U:#### and then L####... Your serial number is the 4 digits after the U and the four digits after the L
7. Call Acura/Honda dealer and have them look up your radio code.



459) Posted by: Mary
March 3, 2006 10:53 AM

2001 Honda Accord EX

Jumped my battery 3 weeks ago, and got an ErrE message after 9 feeble trys at a code. After searching for the elusive code sticker in my console, glove compartment, change box, fuse box, etc.(never found it) I finally called the dealership. They said they'd give me the code at no charge if I had my serial #. Unfortunately my serial # inside the glove box was smudged and a few digits were unreadable. The dealership guy unhooked my negative battery, re-hooked it after 10 mins, then looked up similar serial #s/codes, but none worked.

Finally, the dealership guy said "why don't you just look at the paperwork you got when you bought the car? It's probably there." I checked my original paperwork and voila, there it was. The sales rep who I bought the car from made copies of the anti-theft code, so I had it the whole time. Duh.

This is a great thread. Thanks to everyone for the valuable info!

460) Posted by: RR
March 17, 2006 2:27 PM

2003 Honda Civic

I had the same problem with my car and I ask the dealer for help. They said they would have to remove the cd player to see the serial number at the back and that would cost me $100.00.

I later found out that the whole removing cd player story was a lie, thanks to this web page. I did the same as stated in "message 458" and i got the serial number (I had to turn on the power while still holding the two buttons.

I confronted the dealer and they deny knowing anything about this process of getting the serial number that's when I know they were a "rip off," and their loyal customers become the victim.

Great site!

461) Posted by: Kevin X.
March 20, 2006 1:14 PM

After reading the #140 post, I found out my serial NO. Then I found out some of the people already have their Code somewhere, so I check mine and I found out the code was in my Acura manual! Thanks to everybody, my problem was solved!

462) Posted by: George Mitchell
March 26, 2006 9:14 AM

After pulling the battery to replace a broken headlight assembly in my son's 2004 Civic the radio was locked. I found the lock code was right on the tag on the glovebox door. I turned on the ignition and punched in the code and "Viola"!!! The radio came right up.
Thanks for all the suggestions and information. This post saved me a lot of headaches and cash.

463) Posted by: Chris
March 30, 2006 4:02 PM

Ok I have the reverse problem-
Dead battery no radio BUT I have the code just cant see where to input it. Am I the only one this blind?

464) Posted by: Deane
April 3, 2006 11:38 AM

You are correct, Chris (post #463). No one has told how to enter the code. So it must be so simple that it is obvious. Try this: The 6 station pre-set buttons are numbered 1 to 6. Turn on the radio and just press the buttons in the order shown by the code. That should do it I'll bet. And if it doesn't then someone please jump in and tell us. Thanks.

465) Posted by: Deane
April 4, 2006 4:18 PM

OK. I've read all 464 posts above. It took me 1 1/2 hours! There is a huge discrepency in the info that people have posted here. Some say you just need the VIN to get the radio code. Others say you need the radio serial number. My dealer wants the serial number and will give the code to me over the phone. He says the serial number is printed ON THE RADIO !! So what is the point? If I stole a radio then I have the serial number and can get the code from any dealer! What a piss poor system !! Just to add to the data here, I have a 2001 CRV in which my wife ran the battery down. There are NO stickers anywhere on the car with the code. When I bought the car (used) I read the manual and found I would need the code card (which was missing). The dealer never found one for me. The previous owner had kept it because the manual suggests you keep the card in your home, not in the car. Of course they forgot to turn it in. So my only recourse now is to remove the radio to get the SN.

466) Posted by: Karra
April 14, 2006 6:59 PM

Im so glad I read this. My battery died today after my mom used my car and left the lights on. I had no idea what was going on with my radio until I read the owners manual. And of course it is Good Friday today and all the dealships are closed. If I wouldnt have found this site I would have tore my whole house apart tonight looking for that damn code which I do not have because I bought my civic used and Im sure they did not give me this mysterious code card! Thanks for all the info!

467) Posted by: Adrian
April 24, 2006 5:25 AM

I have a 97 Accord. After my battery died I found my code on a sticker inside of my glove box/compartment. I opened the glove box and looked on the right side of it and found it. 41451 was my code.

468) Posted by: Maaz
April 30, 2006 8:53 PM

140 is a must read. Thank you it worked

469) Posted by: Hunter
May 12, 2006 6:16 PM

MOST OF THE DEALERS PUT THE SERIAL AND LOCK CODE ON YOUR ASHTRAY. PULL OUT THE ASH TRAY/COIN TRAY AND LOOK FOR THE 5-DIGIT CODE.... worked on my 97' prelude. saved me time and money and the risk of breaking something or scratching my dash/radio, THANK GOD FOR THE INTERNET!!!

470) Posted by: Kumar
May 23, 2006 1:21 AM

The internet rocks! I spent a few hours going over all the posts here and now I know what to do.

471) Posted by: Buffalo
May 24, 2006 9:22 AM

1998 Honda Accord EX

After trying everything and looking everywhere mentioned above, I could not find the code. I had bought the car from my Dad, who bought it from my grandpa, and the car had a card with the radio serial number and code. The code didn't work, I took it into a dealership, and they couldn't get it to work. They even gave me another code to try (for free) and it still didn't work. So after approximately 6 months of no radio I was about to cave in...then I read this website. I didn't want to pay to get instructions on how to disasemble the dash, so I figured I could figure it out myself (which I did). All you need is a regular and phillips head screwdriver.

Below are the disassembly step to get to your radio:
1) remove the two screws underneath the radio.
2) pop out the clock
3) remove the screw that is in the dash, behind the clock.
4) Start pulling the surrounding black area (heat gauges, vents, etc).
5) Once this is off, you can take off the panel underneath the radio.
6) The Serial number will be on the bottom of the radio.

Now I had trouble with two screws when I tried to get the radio out, so I finagled a way to angle a mirror and use a flashlight to read the serial number from below. After getting the serial number, the time was 8:40 EST. Having done all this work I wanted my radio working NOW! So I began calling numerous Honda dealerships in california, namely near Westminster, CA. Here's a link of dealerships in that area if need be:,+CA+92683&om=1

(714) 963-1959 was the number I called. I explained my situation to the guy in the svc dept and told him that I didn't know where the car was bought and that I have my VIN and Serial Number and the guy was awesome! Gave me the code, and it worked!

472) Posted by: Ashley
May 28, 2006 12:45 AM

read post120&458, today I unhooked my battery to reset the check engine light that came on because my gas cap was not on tight. 02 Honda Accord SE
I got the CODE error message. After reading ALL these wonderful helpful posts, I looked in all the places everyone said to look and I can not find the 5 digit code. I did find a 5 digit code in the driver side door but it has a number 7 in it so I dont think it's that. BUT i did get the serial number thanks to POST 140 and 458 I did have to hold the 1 and the 6 while also turning on the radio to get the number, So now I have to wait until Tuesday since Monday is a holiday :( to call all the wonderful honda that everyone posted numbers for. THANKS GUYS!!! I'LL LET YA'LL KNOW WHAT HAPPENS!!!!! Also if anyone needs to know how to turn off their maintnancce required light let me know! I figured out that trick too!

473) Posted by: David
May 28, 2006 2:27 AM

What can I do to get a Honda radio/tape deck code if I bought the thing at a thrift store? Nearly all the posts here talk about getting a radio to work if it is in the original vehicle. My original Honda radio had connections break and I either need a 1990 radio to fit an Accord or get replacement parts or figure out how to unlock the code. Thanks.

474) Posted by: Missy
May 30, 2006 8:39 PM

I Could KISS YA!!!!!!!!

Thank you boys! Thanks a ton.
I had the same thing happen. Battery change, radio shut down. I had the card with the code but the dealer put the wrong card inside and of course, it didn't work. I then had the dang "Error" code. So I touched the cables for 10 secs. like advised and poof! back to the "Code" message. Then I looked all over for another sticker with five digits and the longer serial code underneath. I found a long skinny white rectangular sticker with both in the back of the glove box. Retried it and it worked!!!! YEAH!!!!
You saved this gunky old girl (well, a school teacher and librarian) some bucks. Your instructions were clear enough for me and a real lifesaver.
Thanks a ton!!!!


475) Posted by: Missy
May 30, 2006 8:44 PM

Ashley, Entry 472

How do you turn off the maintenance light? Just curious.


476) Posted by: Ashley
May 30, 2006 9:31 PM

**************UPDATE**From post 472**************
Well I waited all weekend to call around to get the code to my radio I called about 5 places and everyone told me I have to come in and bring my registration so I went into a local Honda dealership where I DID NOT buy my car from and with the serial number and my registration card they gave me my code in about 30 seconds!!! Thanks to Post 120 and 458 I have my serial number and the people at Honda were very impressed and wanted to know where I got the number from and I told them the internet. They were VERY impressed!

Thanks for all your help guys!

477) Posted by: Ashley
May 30, 2006 9:34 PM

While holding in your mileage reset button turn your key as far as it will go without starting your car, continue holding in the reset button for about 10 seconds and your maintnance required light will go off! :)

478) Posted by: Alison
June 1, 2006 5:34 PM

I don't know if Scott Manning still reads this journal, but it's three years after his first post on this topic, and I am glad to say, yet another Honda owner was saved from stress and aggravation, thanks to Scott's journal entry on 1/31/03.

Same as everyone else, had to replace the battery in my 2002 Accord yesterday, and as soon as I start 'er up, whadya know! The CD/radio has this funny code!

Ah, but nowadays we have the good ole internets to save the day! I googled "Honda Accord 5 digit CD code", and this lovely journal was the first hit. Thankfully, it was the only one I needed!

No kindly Honda person wrote MY code on a white sticker, or anywhere else for that matter. Luckily doing the *hold 1 and 6 down* trick worked, and I got the serial #. I called the 800 # listed here, got my code from Shawna after identifying myself, pulled the radio fuse, replaced it, started up the car, put in the code, and we were back in business.

Oh yes. I wrote the code down with a metallic sharpie on every place mentioned here that it could be. :D.

Thanks, Scott Manning, and everyone else!

479) Posted by: Scott
June 1, 2006 7:28 PM

I still read it and I'm glad that it's been helpful to so many people.

480) Posted by: Rick
June 2, 2006 11:30 PM

2002 Honda Accord SE

I posted this yesterday but it was removed. Don't know why because it saved me the $85 I've seen here. Scott, since we know you read this, I don't know why it was removed.

Yesterday, I left work & my battery was dead. Had it jumped, bought a new battery and as I started home, radio & CD didn't work. I found this site, and after reading several posts, got an idea.

1) Look in glovebox, door, trunk or wherever they put the white sticker with 2 numbers, 1 is a 5 digit number & the other is much longer.
2) With the 5 digit number, make sure the radio is turned off.
3) Enter the 5 digit numer (you'll see the letters "CODE" as you enter the first 4 digits.
4) The fifth digit turns the radio on.

You save $60-100. You don't have to call Honda or take your car to a dealership, you don't have to take out your radio to get the serial number.

An additional note/benefit. If, as me, your "key in ignition" bell and the dome light doesn't work, come back after .5-1 hour, leave the door open, put key in ignition (so it's recognized) and you're back in business. This will save you the money & headache of everything else I've read.

481) Posted by: drew
June 5, 2006 11:35 AM

It's on the Radio Card! I never really looked at this card because I thought it was for something else, but if you got your car from the dealer and it's 2003 or newer chances are you were given an Anti-Theft Radio Identification Card. So after staring at my glovebox for 20 minutes and looking under the floor of my trunk (the service guy suggested this) I read the post by AM and there it was right in front of me. Thanks!

482) Posted by: Chai
June 7, 2006 5:43 PM

I am a second hand owner of '01 Civic Ex. I have pretty much a related issue as you all. Took it to dealer for service on SRS system. When I got the car back, the radio was not working and there was a "CODE" displayed. I called back to the dealer and they want me to give them the serial no. or take my car back to them so they can charge me $45 to take the radio out to get the serial no. I said screw you. So I read most of posted forum here and took on the fastest and cheapest advice. I looked in the glove compartment and WHAAM!!, the white sticker on the inside bottom of the glove compartment. It shows 2 sets of numbers. I tried entering the 5 digit no. and holy shit it works. My radio came on. Thanks everyone for the helpful advices.

483) Posted by: liz
June 16, 2006 3:50 PM

I bought used 2000 accord and I had to change the alternator. I called the dealer near where I live and they wanted a fee of $80 for the code. I googled 'honda radio code forums' and it lead me to this site.

I called a Honda dealership down in Georgia and they gave me the code over the phone for free. I had problems entering it in the first time and he asked me to drive to the dealership. Only problem...I told him I'm from/in NYC!! He figured the dealership in NY will charge me a fee so he walked me thru the process step-by-step.

Instead of having a 5 digit code in the glove compartment I have a long series of #. The rep @ Honda in GA said not a problem...I'll give you the code!

All I can say is GREAT customer service to Curry Honda dealer down in GA!!!

484) Posted by: rick
June 16, 2006 9:05 PM

1994 honda accord can't find code to unlock radio does anyone know this code help i've been looking and trying everyhting all day

485) Posted by: andrew
June 20, 2006 3:25 PM

I took my stereo out and got the serial number and called and the local dealership said there wasn't anything on record under that number has anyone ever had that happen and anyone have any ideas on how to fix that?

486) Posted by: angel
June 21, 2006 12:39 AM

Hello guys, I have a 2005 Honda Civic LX ,i left my lights on and i discharge my battery-now i have a problem with my cd player and radio -is asking me for a code- anybody can help me i will
appreciate thanks.

487) Posted by: Joe
June 21, 2006 3:05 PM

Kudos to Scott for keeping this thread alive. I have a second hand 01 civic ex, 1-6 trick worked like a charm, although my experience was closer to POST 458.

488) Posted by: ihenpecked
June 21, 2006 8:34 PM

I found the serial number in the glovebox, took it to a dealer who gave me the code. Thanks to these posts for all the help. Because my stereo locked me out of even entering a code, we did have to pull the negative cable and wait 10 second to reset the radio. I was able to punch in the code at no cost or headache to me.

489) Posted by: amber
June 23, 2006 11:58 AM

I paid 22 dollars, then moved onto this site. Within 10 minuted of reading here, I had my code. Too bad I had alreay paid huh. Anyhow I have an 02 civic. the code was on the outside of the glove box open. You don't see it when it is closed.

490) Posted by: a to the zano
June 23, 2006 8:12 PM

yo yo yo zacman is the shit he help me out big tyme and also saved me 100$ thanks big man and if anyone has that problem check everywhere in your car especially the fuse box underneath your hood of the car you own thanx again zacman

491) Posted by: Chyna
June 26, 2006 9:39 AM

Thank you, thank you, thank you to those of you who provided possible locations of the audio system's serial number! I found it on the inside left side of my glove compartment, so I was able to call the nearest Honda dealer and get my code over the phone.

Although the conversation started with the guy telling me that I'd have to bring the car in to have the stereo taken out, $100 charge, blah blah blah. It's disgusting to me that they would charge customers for that when they know that the serial number might be found elsewhere.

Anyway, my stereo is working again, it only took two days, and it didn't cost me anything! Thanks so much you guys!

492) Posted by: Yvonne
June 28, 2006 6:12 PM

I had my '02 Civic LX stolen. Long story, but after the vehicle was recovered and I needed the code, I simply called my dealership and explained the situation. The first thing they said was "we will need the serial #, here's how to get it". He then explained the press 1 and 6 thing.... They were more than helpful. I love my civic. I guess it's all about the service that you get from your local dealers.

493) Posted by: bishop
July 1, 2006 12:33 AM

My number was posted under the hood on a piece of paper with the radio serial number. Thanks for all the helpful posts!

494) Posted by: scomani
July 6, 2006 12:33 AM

i have a acura cl 97. After having my deck stolen, I decided to put my stock cd player back in, after plugging it up a COdE message popped up. After reading several postings and commentso n this website. I've tried looking in gloves box and cd holders. Last, with my valiant effort, I found the code on the bottom of my ashtray with the serial # of the stock cd player. I hopes that helps, I beleive it also works for 96-97 accords.

495) Posted by: Amy
July 6, 2006 10:48 AM

Thank you to everyone on this thread who suggested looking in the glovebox for the stereo code. I have a 2003 Odyssey and that's where I found it (5 digits on a little white sticker to the left inside of glovebox.) I live in a military community in Germany with a deployed husband and didn't know where to begin. This is one less problem for me now. Thank God for people who share information!

496) Posted by: Bernadette
July 7, 2006 4:08 PM

I had the same problem with my radio, but I have a phone number where you can get the easy instructions and your code for free. It's 800-999-1009. You will get a recording giving you options. Hit 5 on your telephone. I talked to a guy who was really nice and polite and had my code in a matter of minutes. If you have already hit any of the buttons on your radio, you have to disconnect your battery to start over. Then he will tell you how to hold down the 1 and 6 and that will give you serial number, so you don't have to take your radio out. Then you get your code. Simple and more importantly FREE! Just have you VIN when you call and if you have not registered yourself as the new owner, then they will do that for you too!

497) Posted by: tony
July 8, 2006 10:16 PM

thank you post 28 worked like a champ code was under the lid of fuse box under the hood. thanks again
i got accord 03 cupe

498) Posted by: Duane
July 17, 2006 12:07 PM

Well my fiance had the same problem and they want to charge her $99 dollars to remove the radio to get the serial number. Well, after hearing that, I said to myself that there has to be another way to get the serial number without having to take out the radio and there is. The dealership don't tell you this, but your manual does. If all you are needing is the serial number, what you can do is make sure the radio is off. Press the 1 and 6 and also the power button at the same time and your code will pop up. It says it in your manual. So now all you have to do is go to the dealership with the serial number, verify who you are and won't have to pay $99 just to do what I did.

499) Posted by: dazed and confused
July 21, 2006 7:33 PM

save yourself the headache....forget all the b/s press 1 and 6 get your serial # call this
#800-999-1009 press option 5. very nice lady will give you exactly what you need free of charge!

500) Posted by: Heather
July 22, 2006 10:00 PM

I am trying to put the factory radio back into my 2002 Civic LX. I did not install my Kenwood and do not know how the Honda radio was in my car. Does the Honda radio need a bracket to be placed back in the car? Best Buy told me all my Honda radio supplies was placed in the Kenwood box but my husband is looking for the bracket. Please help me by telling me how to put the factory radio back in. I am selling my car and do not want to give up my Kenwood.

501) Posted by: John
July 23, 2006 12:43 AM

check to see if the brackets are attatched to the kenwood, i know on some models you can take the stock brackets off the factory radio and place them on the aftermarket stereo within the desired locations, and then you can mount it without use of the shuttle.. there should be two brackets (one for each side) you can even slide the stock deck thru the kenwood shuttle if it was used, but then you wont have it when you re-install your kenwood. heck if your selling the car as is, just pull the kenwood and wiring harness, plug in your stock deck and just slide it in the hole. oh well hope this info helps. Good Luck!

502) Posted by: jennifer
July 28, 2006 1:40 AM

i have a 97 accord and this is my third one but the first time i had problems with the audio. my tape player never worked from day one. it ejects tapes as soon as you put one in. but then my cd player stopped working and came up with a "cde 01". i went to the dealership and the man was like $74 just to look at it. are they crazy. can somebody tell me if that code means that i should just go buy another cd player. please.

503) Posted by: gdenis
July 29, 2006 9:38 PM


Thanks to all of you who've posted. I learned quite a bit. My battery died several months ago and I refused to pay $75.00 for the code from the dealer. I bought the car used etc... no radio code paper work found anywhere. I will buy another radio first. I read through all of your comments and compiled all the codes, I tried every code but, none of them worked for me. I thought someone else might save time if they were listed in one place.


504) Posted by: chris boda
August 2, 2006 12:57 PM

I just went through the same situation after having to jump-start my car. The code wasn't in any of the locations specified so I decided to look through my documents from when I purchased the car. Luckily I bought my car used and found the number located on the Honda Certified 150 Point Inspection checklist sheet. So make sure you check this sheet, if you have it, before coughing up the bucks!

505) Posted by: Jared
August 2, 2006 5:22 PM

Yeah, Just swapped the CD player from my 98 Accord EX to my parents 99 Odyssey van. Code was written in permanent marker on top of the deck - 12345. Phew :)

506) Posted by: amber
August 8, 2006 8:33 PM

I have a used 97' honda accord and thank god I found this sight. Driving down the road without music is depressing! I'm glad I was able to find my code on the left-side of the glove box. Now I can go buy new cds instead of throwing money to honda!

507) Posted by: Lil Shizzy
August 23, 2006 5:12 PM

#443 is the best.. thanks so much!

508) Posted by: ueuniverse
August 25, 2006 1:47 PM

This thread is really helpful. Is there anyone to help me with the same audio code problem....

I have Honda Acoord 2000 EX, and I bought it from Toronto, Canada. Honda dealer from where I bought are asking me to pay over $100 bucks to give me the code.

509) Posted by: James
September 1, 2006 6:11 PM

This thread helped save me the money. My battery died, and I looked around and eventually found the sticker for the code. I called the phone number for the local honda dealer's parts shop, they new about my predicament (as the shop I was serviced at called them). I gave them the number on the sticker and they gave me the code. Thank you for helping.

510) Posted by: HondaSucks, Dude
September 10, 2006 12:25 PM

Ok, One last showing of the decietful practices of the Anti-Consumer Honda Corp. Thanks to the helpful postings I have found my white sticker inside the glove box of my 05 Civic EX-SE. It had a 5-digit #36324 and an 8-digit #15602411. So after 9 times of punching in this # I get the lockup "errE" message. So I come back to the computer and log onto the "drawing board. hahaha I find the 1+6 trick and got do that to find out my serial #.. AH-HA !! I've caught Honda red handed !! the radio spits out U-1560 & L-1096, thus 15601096 is my radio serial #.. The sticker has 1560"2411" not 1560"1096".. So it seems that the sticker, when found, has the wrong code to build up frustrations in our quest to work-around Honda's leagalized extortion. (frivious service fees). Monday morning I'll get in touch with my local dealers in Memphis to get the correct code. IF they give me any slack or want some $$, of course I'll contact some of the helpful dealerships that you've posted that are helpful with giving out codes for free.. !!!

511) Posted by: Dal
October 1, 2006 7:05 PM

Hello Guys and Girls..

Just wanted to thank everyone who shared their info on this site. I've had my radio off due to battery change for the past 4 days, and I can't stand it!

I'm going to my car now to try it out! THANKS!

512) Posted by: noogen
October 2, 2006 12:09 AM

Thanks everyone for all your advice. Dumb me didn't go to the internet first and look for the code. i looked through the owners manual and no luck. i tried too many times the first time. but after reading the comments on this page and i found my code. it worked like a charm. thanks again for everyone's input.

513) Posted by: eva
October 8, 2006 9:29 PM

My 97 Honda Accord SE had some work done on it recently, and when I got it back it had Err-3 on the radio/cdplayer.

I disconnected the + battery cable for 30 secs to reset everything and then found the radio code (UNDERNEATH the ASHTRY!! thanks guys) and plugged that in to the radio.

It worked perfectly!!!! I'm glad I didn't have to call the dealer and pay $$ to get a flippin code.

514) Posted by: MARK
November 21, 2006 10:43 PM

Same problem as many other posted here before. (99 Civic) Battery died before going to work, had it replaced not thinking about the code. My wife bought it new cannot remember if or what happen to the little white card. Tried everything here suggested and still cannot find any sticker on or in the car. The holding the 1 and 6 buttons did not work for me. I did find a white sticker that has a long number on it. Hoping this may be the sn# for the radio.

515) Posted by: Jim Moore
November 22, 2006 10:04 AM

Mark, I just had the same problem with my 99 Civic. The battery died on Nov 20 and after I replaced it I got the COde message on the radio. I got lucky because the dealer had placed a white label with my radio s/n on the inner left side of the glove box. For a 99 your radio S/N should look like M98N240075. I called Honda at 800-999-1009. I gave them the radio s/n as I indicated, the VIN # and for some reason they wanted the approximate milage. A few seconds later he gave me the 5 digit code. I tried it and it worked. Turn your radio on and make sure your radio displays COde and then punch in the 5 digit code. Just after you punch in the 5th digit the radio will come on immediately. Hope this helps.

516) Posted by: Joel
November 22, 2006 12:54 PM

We have a 2002 Honda Odyssey that we purchased used. The battery died the other day and the radio/CD/DVD has not worked since. After reading this forum and finding out we need a code, we called our local Honda dealership. We know the car was not purchased there, but they were extremely helpful. They did not charge us money and they helped us find the sticker in the glove box (8 digit number) and were able to give us the code immediately (5 digit number).

So, if your local dealership does not want to help you without charging you 100 dollars, try a different dealership until you get someone who will help you without being mercenary about it. I called the St. George Utah dealership: 435-628-6100. Just ask for service

517) Posted by: Joel
November 22, 2006 2:49 PM

To add to the comment I just made:

The first code I received was not the right one. Turns out the previous owner had upgraded the radio. Thanks to the 1 and 6 trick I got the right serial number and the correct code.

The 1 and 6 trick did not immediately work and I tried a bunch of things, and finally pushing the power, 1 and 6 all at the same time worked and gave me the number.

Thanks for all of the helpful posts.

518) Posted by: MARK
November 24, 2006 9:20 PM

Jim, thanks for the advice. I did find the white lable in my glove box that was the serial number for the radio. Called the dealership and they gave me the code and the radio is working again. Thanks to all for the tips suggested on this site.

p.s. The 1 and 6 trick only works on Hondas that are 2002 and newer.

519) Posted by: David
November 28, 2006 10:25 AM

found this site last night. after reading for about half an hour i knew what i had to do.

if you dont wanna read everything refer to post 457

i called the 800 number, they were very nice about it. 43634 woohoo!!!!!!!!!! now i have music :D

520) Posted by: jr
December 6, 2006 2:24 AM

I have gone through dis 2!!! Any one wit a 98- 00 accord or i gues any honda!? u can unscrew it ur self or have da proper tools from someelse A Philps screw would do da job!! have an xtra person tho 2 hold da top cover!! get under da radio soon as u pull it loose and u can get da code!!! ur serial #!! But my question is this any 98 - 2001 or any honda after 98 can there honda play burned cds??? cuz i've tried but it jus rejects it!! or do i only can play fatory made cds from stores?!? and what other stero/audio/CD system can be switched 4 it cuz i have lot of mixes i love drivin 2..So if u kno anyweb site that has da radio and kit 4 it pleae let me kno Thanks -J

521) Posted by: John
December 12, 2006 11:38 AM

I'm so glad I found this discussion! I tried the 1-6 trick in my 2002 CRV. I got the letters/numbers from there, called the local Honda dealer (Columbus, Ga.) and that was all he needed to give me the radio code over the phone. That part took all of two minutes.

(Crawling around the entire car with a flashlight looking for a *%^#!! sticker with a 5-digit code, taking apart the glove box and considering dismantling the entire dashboard took much longer!)

522) Posted by: Robert
December 13, 2006 11:47 PM

Had the same problem with my 2003 Civic. Turned the radio off an held down 1 & 6 while turning it back on and the serial number came up which allowed me to get the code for free without tearing apart my dash apart to get it. Not sure what year they started this but it works.

Of course the dealer tried to get me to pay $50 to have them rip it apart, but they are all scumbags as you know.

523) Posted by: JDS
December 14, 2006 10:41 PM

This site is great. I had a new injector switch put in and found out I need a code to the CD player. I panicked at the thought of riding around in silence. I decided to go on-line and I'm so glad I did. I have a 99 Civic and I found the code and serial # in the glove box.

serial # m98n222449
code# 21263

hope this helps someone.

524) Posted by: Mel
December 19, 2006 12:53 PM

This same situation happened to me last friday and i still have no tunes! i am going crazy without the radio. i have tried looking everywhere in my 02 civic, cannot find serial number or a code. i am really glad i found this message board though...makes me feel good knowing i am not the only one out there with this problem. i am going to see if the dealership can help me with just the vin number :)
hey, it's worth a shot...i am not paying for this..seeing as i already over pay for the actual car!!

525) Posted by: sri
December 20, 2006 4:13 PM

I found the 5digit code under the trunk lid for my Accord.

526) Posted by: Scott Manning
December 20, 2006 4:14 PM

Commenting has been closed on this page, but a new thread has been started to continue discussion. Please feel free to ask questions, give advice, or post any stories relating to trying to unlock a Honda radio.