If your battery dies or is disconnected, you’ll need to enter your Honda radio codes in order to make your system fully functional once again. The task may seem daunting, but in reality, it’s simple enough to take care of at home! Detroit area drivers who want to enjoy more peace of mind can also have any Honda model serviced at any local service center.

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Find Your VIN

Before you have your radio system reactivated, you’ll need to secure your vehicle’s 17-digit vehicle identification number (VIN). Your VIN can be composed of any alphanumeric characters except for the letters “I,” “O,” and “Q.” There are several places you can look to find your VIN, including:

  • Your vehicle’s registration
  • Your Honda financial services statement
  • New owner surveys and customer satisfaction surveys
  • Your insurance statement (or your proof-of-insurance card)
  • On your windshield, near the base and toward the driver’s side
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Finding Your Serial Number

For most Honda vehicles, the process of finding your serial number is the same. However, there are a few exceptions to the general rule that we should note from the outset. Neither the 2013 Honda Odyssey nor the 2014 Honda Odyssey require a radio code in order to restart. Refer to your owner’s manual for more information on these vehicles. What’s more, on all Honda models older than 2001, you’ll need to schedule a visit with your local service technician in order to recover your radio code, as it’s located on the back of your device.

On most vehicles, the first place you should look for your radio code is inside your glove box, on the anti-theft ID card that should be included with your purchase. If you can’t find it here, the next place to look is on your device display!

On 2003–2007 Accord models that include a navigation system:

  1. Turn the ignition switch to ACC (I).
  2. Turn on the audio unit, and make sure you see COdE in the upper display. If you don’t see this message, pull the backup fuse for 1 minute, and then go back to step 1.
  3. Turn off the audio unit.
  4. Press and hold the top halves of the SEEK/SKIP and CH/DISC bars, and then press and release the PWR/VOL knob. This display toggles between two screens.
  5. The first screen displays a U and the first four digits of the serial number (for example, U2200).
  6. The second screen displays an L and the last four digits of the serial number (for example, L0055).
  7. Ignore the U and L, and write down all eight digits.

On all other models:

  1. Turn the ignition switch to ON.
  2. Turn ON the device and confirm that the display reads COdE. If you don’t see this message, pull the backup fuse for 1 minute, and then go back to step 1.
  3. Turn OFF the device.
  4. Press and hold the 1 and 6 radio preset buttons, and turn ON the device.
  5. The display toggles between two screens: U with the first 4 digits of the serial number (U2200, for example),
  6. and L with the last 4 digits of the serial number (L0055, for example).
  7. Ignore the U and L and record all 8 digits.

Reactivate Your Radio!

Now that you’ve got the information you need, use Honda’s Radiocode page to retrieve the necessary information and get your radio working again! Those experiencing difficulties can have their Honda serviced at any Detroit Area Honda Dealers location. Get in touch with us today to learn more.