How to Enter a Honda Radio Code

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If your radio’s head unit is flashing “code,” it’s because you need your Honda radio code to unlock it again. Why is this happening? Your radio has somehow gotten reset, which is often caused by a dead or disconnected car battery. This occurs as an anti-theft measure. If someone were to steal your radio, this function renders the unit useless to the thief once disconnected from the battery. To reset the radio in the event that this happened unintentionally, it’s quite a simple process to get it back to functioning properly again so you can cruise from Redmond to Woodinville with your tunes.


Locating Your Honda Radio Code

There are a few places within your vehicle where you could potentially locate your Honda radio code. Check the following places for a 4- or 5-digit sticker or written numeric code:

  • Glovebox
  • Center console
  • Service history book
  • Anti-theft radio identification card (on newer models)

If you instead find an 8-digit code, that is most likely the radio’s serial number, which you’ll want to keep on hand in the event that you can’t find the radio code. That serial number, your driver’s license and registration, and the model and year of your Honda should be the right information to instead get your code from a dealership or Honda’s online database.


Entering Your Honda Radio Code

You will most likely have success in finding the radio code somewhere within your Honda, which means you’re just a few steps away from solving your issue. While it can vary by model and year, the process of how to enter a Honda radio code should be as simple as using your radio controls — volume or preset buttons — to select the numbers corresponding to your code. There is a possibility of locking yourself out if you fail to properly enter it multiple times, so double-check that you’ve got the code transcribed properly.


Let Us Help You Get Your Honda Radio Unlock Code

If you’ve come up short to locate or enter your Honda unlock code, or simply don’t feel you have the time to do so, the team here at Honda of Kirkland would be more than happy to help. Our service department can handle the full range of auto issues for Seattle drivers, and we can certainly be of assistance to you. If you have any other questions regarding your Honda radio code, or even how long an oil change takes, please don’t hesitate to stop in or contact us.


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