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The battery in my car has needing changing for awhile. It seems that it was not holding a charge very well anymore and sometimes overnight it would be "cross your fingers" time when you turned the key the next day that there was enough juice to get the thing going.

The car is a 2000 Honda Civic and the battery was probably about 5 years old, so I figured I'd just replace it rather than mess around. Before I replaced it I had the horrid memories of my VW Jetta and what happened when I had disconnected the battery on there one time. It seems that the companies are still using those "anti-theft" radios that require a code if they lose power.

Thinking ahead I looked through the glove compartment and couldn't find my code. I went online and looked around and found thousands of complaints about this very problem. It seems some dealers charge you upwards of $100 bucks just to look up your lost code. I found this site and some of the people commenting said that they sometimes hide the code somewhere on the car. The most common places is a little white label with the serial number of the radio that starts with an "M" and a bunch of numbers after it and another 5 digit number. This 5 digit number is the super secret code.

The places this is most commonly found is on the left side of the glove compartment, in the trunk somewhere along the gasket or underneath where the speakers are, under the fuse-box panel in the engine compartment, under the ashtray and sometimes under the center consoles lid. Well, I'm not a very lucky guy because it couldn't be found in any of those places. So being the determined guy that I am I decided to do the dangerous and risky maneuver of changing the battery with the car running.

I nervously popped the hood, put the new battery nearby, go the wrenches out and found the size ahead of time. Then I started it and went to work. I took the negative off without a problem, then the positive. So far so good, the car was still running. I then had to take off the battery mounting bracket from atop the battery and kinda freaked when the long bolts fell to the side after I unscrewed them. The hardest part was keeping the damn detached battery wires from coming back down onto the terminals because they were bent into shape after so many years. I bent them away one more time and lifted the battery out. I managed to do it without the battery wires coming into contact with the battery again. I set it down on the ground.

I stood the mounting bracket bolts back up so that when I put the new battery in they would be easy to get to. I bent the battery cables back again and picked the new one up and slid it into place being careful. I get all worried about stuff like this. I'm a stickler for doing things "the correct way" and really get frustrated sometimes. It fit into place and I put the back bolt through the bracket and put the screw on a little whispering to myself "this is a one shot deal, if you're an idiot and drop the screw you'll have a helluva time finding it in the engine or underneath the car". I was extremely careful. I got the bracket on the back and then on the front mumbling the whole time.

After fiddling with the bracket and tightening it down to make it flat and even on the battery, I then put the positive on by holding the wire and slipping the connector onto the post. I tightened it down gingerly at first then firmly. Now the test, I held the negative by the wire and put it on the post and heard the welcome sound of a drain on the motor ensuring me that something was happening. I tightened it down and then being the anal-retentive person that I am returned the little rubbery piece over the positive terminal (someone who had jumped my wife's car had left it off previously which annoyed me greatly).

I slapped the old battery on some paper towel in the backseat on the floor and decided to drive around for about 5 minutes. Upon returning I left the car running while I sat out and had a cigarette. Then I nervously shut the car off and turned it on again. It started up like a jackrabbit on Viagra and I was thrilled.

I turned the radio on. No CODE display on the radio!!! Whoohoo! The anti-theft radio is the biggest nuisance known to man. In theory it seems like it would be great, but like software piracy protection it almost always is more of a consumer annoyance than an actual theft prevention system.

Hopefully everything will continue to work and I'll be done with having to deal with the battery for a long time.

Now about that slow leak I have in the driver side tire. I bought some Fix-A-Flat, but after reading around the web for awhile have decided not to use it as it's messy and probably dangerous in the end. I guess I'll just stick it in the trunk for now.

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Dude, I don't know how you could do that. A few weeks ago I changed my headlight bulb and was quite (happily) suprised when the whole assembly didn't explode when I started my car.

Posted by: Malnurtured Snay on January 5, 2005 10:08 AM

I love it . . A college education and nary a clue about things mechanical . . . . there is a "Chilton Manual" for each and every vehicle out there . . It's "the Instructions, Stupid" and can be bought for about $20 at any Auto Zone or Checker. If you can't do simple maintenance on your automobile . . You shouldn't be driving it . . .

The funny thing is . . most of the really good troubleshooters in the Automobile Repair Business have a High School diploma and some tech school . . no BA's or BS's here . . but they do understand "Lefty Loosey, Righty tighty" . .

Just my 2 cents worth as a teacher at a Community College . . .

Posted by: large on January 5, 2005 11:32 AM

I am a firm believer in shelling out the big bucks to have some middle-aged, fat mechanic with his butt-crack visible above his belt make any and all repairs on my car (and probably a few that either weren't necessary or he caused them) because believe me, I can screw up a cup of coffee. BUT...I've never been in an accident that was my fault, so I guess that makes me a good driver, sort of.

Posted by: Catherine on January 6, 2005 01:48 PM

For all you folks out there that have disconnected power to you Heidelberg VI "anti-theft" radio in your Volkswagen, heres how you restore it. First you have to remove the radio from the dash by prying off the faceplate very carefully with a slotted screwdriver. Next remove the fasteners and slide out the radio. The 4 digit security code should be written on the back. Slide the radio back in. Now here are the instructions for powering it up:
-switch the radio on. "SAFe" should appear on the display
- push AM/FM and SCAN buttons. hold them until the display changes to "1000" then release.
- enter the code using the first four station programming buttons. the code will appear on the display.
- again, push the AM/FM and SCAN buttons. hold them until the the display changes to safe mode again.

after two incorrect tries the radio will lock up for an hour. leave it switched on for an hour and try again later. the radio shouldn't lock up permanently.

posted february 25 /05 by trevor dinwoodie of kelowna bc

Posted by: trevor D on February 26, 2006 02:11 PM

If you own a Honda, you can register to American Honda Motor Owner link.


After fustrated looking for the code all over. I remember something about the honda owner link website. Log in and there it is... The radio code.... All you need to register is your VIN number which you can find easily anywhere on the vehicle....

Posted by: Thomas Tran on March 7, 2006 08:25 PM

Most Hondas have a drivers-side coin tray. Pull out the tray and look on the bottom of the tray. This where I found my code. As mentioned above, it has a series of numbers that begin with an "M" then a seperate set of 5 numbers. The magic 5 numbers!

Posted by: Ken Szpindor on May 10, 2006 08:08 PM

"I decided to do the dangerous and risky maneuver of changing the battery with the car running."

You might have added, 'stupid' to the list. You stand an excellent chance of lethal electric shock, burns, and accidental damage to your car's electric components when pulling this stunt. Far better to look up and pay for a radio code, if that's so important, than break such a basic safety rule and get a $2,000 trip to the emergency room.

Posted by: Tim on May 20, 2006 05:52 PM

you guys ROCK!!!!! The site is very Helpful! :)

Posted by: volleyball on July 31, 2006 10:12 PM

American Honda Motor Owner link is a joke. Went on, registered, gives info about vehicle EXCEPT radio code. Waste of time.

Posted by: vik on October 26, 2006 01:45 AM

"You might have added, 'stupid' to the list. You stand an excellent chance of lethal electric shock, burns, and accidental damage to your car's electric components when pulling this stunt. Far better to look up and pay for a radio code, if that's so important, than break such a basic safety rule and get a $2,000 trip to the emergency room."

This is the stupidest, lame bullshit, I've ever heard.
It's impossible to get a "lethal ellectric shock" from a 12 volt system.
The best you could hope to do is cook your self to death.
To do that you'd have to:
1. Tape one wire to each hand.
(to keep connected after you pass out.)
2. Puncture the skin (which is VERY GOOD insulation.)
3. and then throw the switch.

Ass hole

Posted by: smokey on January 5, 2007 05:49 PM

This is the best, most helpful site I found. I was able to fix my radio in 5 seconds with the information given here. I am eternally grateful and so happy right now! I don't care how you changed your battery. I'm just happy you told me where the code was:)

Posted by: Julia on February 11, 2007 11:37 PM

I found the radio code for my 1999 honda civic in the main fuse box under the hood.

Posted by: donj on February 17, 2007 07:32 PM

Yo! Retrieve your radio serial number by holding down the 1 & 6 buttons while turning on the radio. Two sets of numbers will appear Uxxxx then Lxxxx. Write them down and call Honda at 800.900.1009, Option 5. Provide the VIN #, your name, address, telephone #, and the serial numbers from above. The very nice person will then give you your unlock code.

Now, go to the Honda Ownlers Link website and enter your code in your account.

Mike J.
2004 Honda Civic
Torrance, CA

Posted by: MikeJ on May 25, 2007 08:08 PM


Your comments are interesting. Did you know that a defibulator only puts out a few volts of electricity, and only requires 360 milliamps to restart your heart? So, lets see, 12V battery, yep low voltage, 500+ AMPS!!! Yikes, you could definately be KILLED by 1000+ times the amperage it takes to restart your dead heart on the operating room table.

The charging system on the car can do the same thing, most alternators put out 45-60 AMPS at 13-15 Volts. STILL more than enough to kill a person.

I won't call you names...

15 Yrs as a USAF RADAR Maintenance Technician

Posted by: MikeJ on May 25, 2007 08:18 PM

As an auto technician, I feel I have to clear some things up:

1) A car battery will not shock you or kill you. Period. It doesn't contain the required voltage to pass current through your body. However, any modern secondary ignition system component can contain somewhere around 25,000 volts - it's enough to knock you to the ground (watch your head).

2) NEVER and i mean NEVER disconnect the battery with the engine running. The battery acts like a voltage regulator for the alternator by controlling spikes and AC leakage. If you disconnect the battery while the car is running on a modern car, there's a very good chance you might fry a sensitive electrical component. An alternative is to use a "memory saver" device. It's basically a 9V battery with a diode connected in series. It connects to the cigarette lighter. You can probably find it at your local auto parts store for about $10.

Posted by: Joe on May 31, 2007 02:58 AM

I just got my code!!!

Call Honda at 1-800-999-1009 and go to option #5.
The representative will ask you for your VIN # and some personal info like phone #, address and radio serial # (press 1, 6 and "on" button on your radio at the same time, record 10 digit code). They then proceeded to have me get in my car to try different codes and the first one worked!!! 41654 was my code for my 2001 Honda Civic EX.
Don't bother paying for a code or spending time dealing with dealerships, it's all a waste.

Highly Recommended!

Posted by: Kelly on June 22, 2007 11:19 AM

Hey everyone!

I have a 2004 HOnda Civic Hybrid and I went through the whole Code thing with my radio. Thankfully the dealership helped me out with it so that's all cool. But Know I need to find out how to set the clock on the stupid car? Can anyone help me with that? I know there is a button on it that says clock and then the "H' which I'm assuming indicates Hour and then "M" for minute but I can't seem to get it to work. I bought the car used and no manual came with it. Thanks a bunch!

Posted by: Galen on July 6, 2007 02:28 PM

Hey Galen. I believe you hold the clock button in until it beeps and then adjust with the H and M buttons. When you're done press the clock button again.

Posted by: Digger on July 7, 2007 02:32 PM


Posted by: SUE on July 8, 2007 04:55 PM

Call honda 800-999-1009...i have a 99 accord. i called, gave them the VIN. they updated all my owner info, then asked for the number on a sticker in the glove box. mine started with an F followed by 8 numbers. 2002 cars and newer can get the info from the radio itself via the lcd screen they said. anyway, gave me the code immediately, no problem. less than 2 minutes on the phone. i got the code from the dealer 4 years ago, but never kept it figuring i could get it again. they had purged their files since and gave me the same bring it in and crack open the dash story. just another phone call got it done. good luck.

Posted by: charlie on July 16, 2007 01:48 PM


I just bought a used 2003 Odyssey. The battery was dead so I needed the unlock code. No sticker with the unlock code could be found anywhere. The local dealer couldn't find the sticker/code either. The holding the 1 & 6 preset approach didn't reveal the serial number. So the dealer wanted $85 for an hour of labor to remove the sterio and get the serial number off the back. Apparently they need to remove certain dash panels to accomplish this. I passed.

I called Honda (800-999-1009). They had me try the 1 & 6 preset approach -- no luck. He mentioned that the original dealer often keeps the information for a while. Honda was able to tell me the original dealership and provide their phone number. I called them and talked to Service. The dealer asked me for the last 8 digits of the VIN and looked up the Reset Code in their records.

Posted by: Dave on July 23, 2007 04:27 PM

Galen, I forgot how to change the time on my Civic every time daylight savings came around for about the last 3 years. The key is that the car has to be in the ignition, in the I position (not with the car started, just with it going on battery power.) If it's not in that position, the clock won't work! :) At least, that's the problem I seemed to have whenever changing my time.

I'm about to go look for my own radio code, since I got my battery changed. Wish me luck!

Posted by: Lindsay on July 25, 2007 04:25 PM

I also don;t know how this works.
I found the code:
in my glove box and I am not sure how this translates to a radio code.

Posted by: Jordan on August 3, 2007 03:43 PM

I have a 1999 honda civic and had this issue. I looked the places mentioned earlier and mine was in the trunk, when you pop the trunk, i looked that the left side, on the bottom of the trunk itself, and it was right there plain as day. The tricky part is your looking for a 5 digit number with only numbers 1-6. since there is no 0,7,8, or 9. Thanks for the help!!!! Works great now!

Posted by: Kennie on August 26, 2007 03:55 PM

Hey Jordan. I believe that is your serial #. So your almost there. Now you need to call America Honda at 1-800-999-1009 and you will probably be asked to fax the serial #, a copy for your drivers license, and vehicle reistration to Honda. The two fax #s they gave me are 310+783+3785 or 310-783-3273. Once you fax that info in they will call you back in 48hours with the code. I would first call into them so they can give you a case #. They are very polite and will help you out a lot. Though I did not get the code this way, but i found it it was one of them. I just called the dealership and the lady just gave me the code but she only did it as a one time courtesy and we agreed that she never gave me the code =) Hope this helps!. Galen

Posted by: Galen on August 26, 2007 03:59 PM

BTW thanks Lindsay and Digger for your help!!! Clock issues has been resolved! TY again

Posted by: Galen on August 26, 2007 04:09 PM

Thank you all so much for the info. Some idiot at the dealership gave me a random code over the phone that didnt work so I retrieved the serial number by pressing 1 and 6 as I turned on the radio. I called Honda and they asked for VIN, serial # and address and gave me the code over the phone right away. Unbelievably easy and the Honda lady was very nice.

Posted by: Shelly on September 13, 2007 12:17 PM

Great site,

Honda Civic 2004.

My cousin borrowed my car yesterday and for the first time ever it did not want to turn on, she got a jump start and safely return my baby back to its mommy. I was devastated when I turned my car on and noticed that the radio was giving me an error code, I put in random numbers with no achievement.

Later I relized that the number maybe in the user manuall which I have the slightest idea of where that maybe hidden.

Luckly I came upond this site where it stated that the code could be in the glove compartment...which it was wooo hooo, thanks to whom ever made that suggestion.

My morning commute did seem like an eternity without my radio.

Posted by: Jazmin on October 23, 2007 01:33 PM

Hi everyone Please help me with de stero activation code of a Honda pilot 2004 the serial number is:

U 1110 L 4076

Help would be greatly appreciated.

PLEASE my email is aasley@yahoo.com

Posted by: Al Sleyma on December 26, 2007 05:06 AM

thank you! I just had my battery replaced and you saved me hours of searching for the little anti-theft card with the code on it. I may not have even found it at all. the code was on a small sticker affixed to the back of my glove compartment of my 2002 honda civic.

Posted by: tevan on February 29, 2008 07:38 PM

hey everyone, my name is binh and I have a 2001 s2000 am in need of my car radio code. same incidence as everyone else as my sister drained the battery of my car my leaving my lights on. and i did most of all what everyone did by pressing 1 and 6 and the power on and the code shows as follow:

U 2400 L 9393

I still still cant figure out how this would be my radio code. and inside my glove box shows:

B C G 2 4 0 0 9 3 9 3

can anyone help me with this?? thanks alot. my e-mail is binhly27@gmail.com.

Posted by: Binh Ly on March 10, 2008 10:43 AM

i tried calling that 1-800-999-1009 number for honda and it worked a charm all they asked for was the vin # and the code from the radio when you hold down the 1 and 6 then the power button to get and it was resolved. very nyce people. worked a charm.. thank to this site..

Posted by: Binh Ly on March 10, 2008 11:05 AM

I lost my radio yesterday evening when cleaning off the battery terminals, it was after hours and I couldn't call until today.

I called the 18009991009, opt 5 and she talked me through getting the radio's serial number.

First turn off the radio

Second hold down preset 1 and preset 6 AND turn on the radio

Third you will get two sets of numbers, a U number and an L number.

Once I had those radio serial numbers she wanted me to fax registration and my drivers license to honda and it would be a few days before they could give me the radio unlock code. That sucks because they wouldn't help. They told me of some honda dealerships local to where I am staying on travel and I called them to explain what had happened and gave them the radio serial numbers and THEY GAVE ME THE RADIO'S UNLOCK CODE! Way to go! Now why couldn't honda do this? They didn't ask me for any VIN or anything! No cost either!

Posted by: 2005HondaCivic on March 14, 2008 05:35 PM

ALSO one more thing I forgot to mention is that to get the radio's serial numbers you need to eject the CD from inside the radio if you have one before you try the 1 and 6 routine.

Posted by: 2005HondaCivic on March 14, 2008 05:47 PM

I can only repeat what others have said:

Call 1800-999-1009.
Have the U--- L--- numbers ready. (Hold 1 and 6, then turn on to get the flashing numbers.)

Also, its free. Don't pay anybody for this, its not necessary.

ps. I have a 2001 Civic. Couldn't find the number on the car, but i'm still looking just for the fun of it.

Posted by: paul on March 24, 2008 07:18 PM

Changed out dead battery in my 2004 Honda Odyssey.
Didn't have "unlock code" handy.
Opened up rear hatch, 5 didgit code is located at upper right corner just on outside of rubber weather seal right next to the hinge.

Posted by: Dave on April 29, 2008 10:51 PM






Posted by: KRISTEN on May 5, 2008 10:58 AM

Look inside the glove compartment. The code should be on the airbag bar. Good luck.

Posted by: G on May 29, 2008 10:49 PM

I found my sticker with the serial number and code in my door frame FWIW. There was no letter "M" but the code worked. It worked after I finally realized I was pressing the CD changer buttons (also 1-6) and not the station presets.

Posted by: Hal Lin on June 21, 2008 11:56 AM


This was the fourth google hit and your article hit it on the nose. Exact same thing happened to me. Your article suggested fuse blocks under the hood as one of the potential secret locations. Perfect! That was it!


Posted by: steve on August 16, 2008 09:41 PM

I have a 2006 Honda Civic. I was able to find my code on the inside of my glove compartment! Thank you very much for this informative site!

Posted by: Ernie on August 17, 2008 06:37 PM

I have a 2001 Honda Accord EX. My radio displayed a "C" after changing the battery. I found the activation code on a white sticker, at the back of the glove compartment (there was another, longer number on the same sticker).

As I entered each number, the "C" became "Code" and when I entered the fifth number, the radio came on. It was that easy - thanks, all!

Posted by: Patricia on August 24, 2008 05:48 PM

i have the code to unlock my radio for my 2001 honda civic but it includes #0 and there is no #0 on the radio? how do i unlock it if the numbers are not there?

Posted by: krystal on August 25, 2008 03:58 PM

One other way I did not see mentioned here is online retrieval. Once you register at Owner Link (www.ahm-ownerlink.com) you can retrieve your unlock code online and for free with nothing more than your VIN and your radio serial number. It even gives you instructions on how to get your serial number (2001's and later).

Posted by: Chris on November 8, 2008 08:39 AM

Well i called up my dealership and they just asked my name and gave me the code. However, it is a 4 digit number (between 1 & 6), not a 5 digit as others have mentioned. The nice lady at the dealship said it is either 4 OR 5 digits.

I havent changed my battery yet, so haven't tried the code yet.

Posted by: vivek on December 13, 2008 02:57 PM

Hi everyone
I have a 1999 Honda civic and I am looking for the stereo code. I went to honda but they are charging me 100 dollars just to look at it. Please can anyone help me?

Posted by: kamesha on December 15, 2008 07:20 PM

thank you so much for all your comments! i have a 2005 honda civic and found my code on the side of the glove compartment! it is the number right above the "M" number. Thanks so much my radio works again!

Posted by: angela on December 22, 2008 03:02 PM

Help! I need the radio code please for a 2004 Honda Civic. The serial number is U2701 L4275. When I call the 800 number to get the code, they said it has an 8 in it, but my radio only has 6 digits. This would be the best Christmas present ever if someone could help me.


Posted by: Mary Caldwell on December 23, 2008 11:27 PM

i just got the battery cables changed for my honda civic 2003. now the radio/cd player is asking me for a code. the problem is that this cd/radio player did not come with the car...it was replaced when the car was in an accident..this one is a used honda player....how can i retrieve a code for this one?

Posted by: p on December 25, 2008 04:45 PM

I bought my 2001 Civic used and only seven years later when I had to change the battery did I realize the CODE would be an issue. I don't have the code and the serial number for radio was not readily identifiable without dissembling the dash board. My dad had a good idea that actually worked quite nicely, but we needed a few extra hands. We hooked booster cables from our other car to the Civic before starting, connecting to the Civic cables just next to where they surround the post, leaving the nuts and bolts accessible. We removed the clamp from the negative pole and my wife held it in the air, ensuring the booster cable remined attached. We then removed the clamp from the positive pole and I held it, again ensuring booster remained attached. Therefore, the radio in my Civic recevied continuous power from the other car battery. My dad swapped out the batteries and we then reconnected the positive pole then the negative pole, only removing the booster cables after the clamps were securely fastened to the new battery posts. Civic started fine and the time and radio presets were maintained!! This was a bit of a hassle, but I'm too cheap to pay to have someone change the battery or to buy the code from anyone!!!!

Posted by: nut-cracker on December 28, 2008 06:36 PM

Here is how you can obtain the radio serial number and the unlock code.

1. Turn the radio off

2. Hold down the preset buttons 1 & 6 at the same time.

3. Letters and numbers will come up. You will see two sets.

Eg: U1234 and after a brief moment L5678

4. Make a note of this serial number: U1234 L5678

5. Have your VIN handy and call American Honda at (800)999-1009

6. You will be asked for the VIN, approx mileage on the vehicle, address, phone numbers and the radio serial number

7. You will then be given the radio unlock code. SAVE THE UNLOCK CODE.

8. Now turn the car key to Aux 2 position and turn on the radio

9. Enter the unlock code when prompted.


Posted by: Arvind Chennu on January 10, 2009 10:49 AM

i found the code on a card they gave me when i bought the car. i just entered the 5 digit number and the radio came on.

Posted by: Dan on February 2, 2009 07:35 PM

I had the "radio" problem with my 2004 honda civic during a road trip. I simply called up the customer support number in my manual and less than 5 minutes later I was listening to my radio with absolutly no charge to me except the damn roaming cell call ; )

If you have Honda don't worry or pull the risky maneuver. Just pick up the phone. And don't forget to write the code in your user manual or whatnot.

Posted by: Josh on March 18, 2009 11:28 PM

I have evidently written my code down wrong and tried for several days to make it work. This morning I finally found this web site and did the 1-6 thing which gave me a s/n 260 16421 code. So far so good. I then tried again and now I have code E displayed on the radio screen. I can hit all the buttons I want with no result. Needless to say, Honda is enjoying a beautiful Memorial Day and is not in to assist.

Any suggestions?

Posted by: joel on May 25, 2009 03:23 PM

omg that was tooooo easy the code was on a ticker (white) inside the truck, had 5 numbers then more #'s under those tried the first five and on comes the radio!!!!! Thanks!!!!

Posted by: t gotro on May 27, 2009 05:51 PM

Just wanted to thank you guys called 1-800-999-1009 and all I needed was the vin and the radio vin which you just push one and six and on at the same time took about 5 minutes but they gave to me with no problems and its free so definetly dont pay someone if you dont have to thanks again.

Posted by: Nana on July 2, 2009 07:24 PM

The 1 & 6 + POWER-ON Radio trick to get the radio serial number works with only later models (after 2004 or so). Calling 1-800-999-1009, the stupid agent does not even know this!!! Mine does not since its a 2004 Honda Odyssey. I couldn't locate my serial or any code that can unlock my radio. Never seen such a screwed up logic to get something back to work.

My next vehicle is sure NOT going to be a Honda :(

Posted by: SM on August 3, 2009 01:58 PM

i have had this problem recently with my 2000 honda civic. an even easier way to get your code is to go to https://radio-navicode.honda.com/. you need your VIN, the radio serial number and your phone number. even easier than calling.

Posted by: eric on August 26, 2009 06:16 PM

Wife bought a used 2005 civic and i didnt find the sticker anywhere in the car but opted to check the main fuse box and low and behold its stuck to the fuse box cover. Two jnumbers, one is the Serial# another 5 diget code with only 1-6 used was it. Perfect. Love this site, thanks lots!

Posted by: yu888 on September 12, 2009 08:22 PM

Thanks, i was having problems with the CR-V... it's my dad's car and he had the battery replaced and the code was a mystery. Before I started looking for the stickers in the car checked every peace of paper he had (instruction manual, service registry, etc.) and remembered that in the car receipt was a section where they mention engine serial number, VIN, and something like Key Number...
I thought it referred to a code used to make a spare key, but when you said that the number started with an M and some numbers before the code it hit me and used those number...

The number is also in the receipt ("FACTURA" for mexicans like me)...


Posted by: Jacobo Cota on October 4, 2009 01:49 PM

i have a 1999 honda civic nd I haven't had a radio in 4 weeks Honda dealer is tryin to charge me $109.00. Can someone help me plzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz!!!! I need music..

Posted by: shortie1014 on October 20, 2009 09:52 AM

Had my timing belt and water pump changed out on my '03 Civic EX and for some reason they disconnected the battery to do the job. Of course that KO'd my CD/radio. Thanks to all the wonderful little helpers here I pressed the 1&6&ON buttons to get my radio's serial number and called American Honda with my info to get the code. It still works people! 1-800-999-1009 Option #3 now and give them your stuff! Good luck and thanks everyone!

Posted by: Chris Garguilo on November 16, 2009 03:51 PM

Can't someone just put the code up for the 2004 Honda civic? That way when someone looks for it , they can try that first.

Posted by: Monte on November 24, 2009 07:31 PM

They're all different codes for each radio for each car. There is no "one code".

Posted by: Digger on November 24, 2009 09:44 PM

My battery died on me, so after we gave the car a jump the radio displayed enter code? This info worked for me perfectly. I found the 5 digit code inside the glove box, left side; a little white sticker, yeahhhh, thank you so much. . God Speed!!!

Posted by: Ms. V. on December 14, 2009 02:46 PM

Thanks for the idea to check a sticker for the radio code. Worked 1st time on my 2006 Civic!

Posted by: david on December 23, 2009 11:19 PM

Thank you EVERYONE so much!!! I finally got my radio to work because of all your helpful information! You all rock!

Posted by: Heather Scott on December 29, 2009 01:10 PM

After trying all the suggestions here, I still could not find the sticker. Finally, I referred to the owner's manual for my 2006 Civic. It explained their audio anti-theft policy and mentioned a card we should have received from the dealer when we purchased our used car. I looked through the other paperwork and found a small ziplock bag with a card with the code. Thank you, Dealer! It worked. I then tried Eric's suggestion above that mentioned https://radio-navicode.honda.com and entered my VIN, phone number and serial number and the code matched what I had used to fix the problem. You get the serial number by holding 1 and 6 by pushing the power button as stated above. Thank you for that.

Posted by: Darlene on January 24, 2010 11:47 AM

I have slightly a different problem. My 2004 Civic Hybrid went dead so we had to jumpstart it. After we finally had it running again, the radio won't even turn on, no power. Checked the fuse, which was just fine. Any suggestions?

Posted by: Mike on January 25, 2010 12:59 PM

I got the serial no. but I do not know what is meant by VIN

Posted by: ghassan barghouti on January 28, 2010 08:40 AM

VIN is the Vehicle Identification Number. Typically you can see it on the drivers side of the window from the outside in the lower corner through the glass on an etched plate. It should also be on your registration and insurance.

BTW that official Honda website mentioned above at:
https://radio-navicode.honda.com does work and is hassle free!

The only issue really is that you need the original phone number and zip of where you lived when you bought the car. For those of us that have moved a few times in the past 10 years since buying the car you'll have to track that information down. I found it on my original purchase agreement from when I bought the car.

As far as the radio serial number for earlier models (pre-2004), mine started with an "M" not the U and L numbers people mentioned above.

Posted by: Digger on January 28, 2010 03:28 PM

Hi Guys,

I got a Honda Civic Ex 2004, Im in Dominican Republic, but the car is imported from florida,my dealer doesnt have the card with the radio code, you think they give me the radio code even when the car is out side the USA?

Posted by: scarletg on February 6, 2010 08:36 AM







Posted by: adedeji on April 3, 2010 11:34 AM

My code was on the back of the fuse box cover inside the door of my 98 honda accord. Took 5 secs to unlock. Thanks

Posted by: BIGZ on April 7, 2010 12:19 PM

I have a 95 honda accord 4 door and the previous owner which whom i bought it from told me the stereo just needed the code well i looked at everyones responses and more and even called honda! wellll honda was really cool and tried to help me but couldnt he said i have to take it in to a dealership and have it fixed...so the question is when i turn on my car and push 1and 6 nothing appears in the digital area where it tells you the time and raido station! theres nothing but a little red light that flashes? so do i get it taken to the dealership or do i just buy a a new stereo which i cant afford right now! someone help!!!!

Posted by: Julie on April 7, 2010 08:06 PM

I seem to be having the same problem as the last person that posted. I have a flashing red anti-theft light but that is it. I know my code but it is not responding....no "CODE" on the screen...just nothing...no power. I have checked all the fuses! urgh....any suggestions...being without a radio stinks!

Posted by: Jo El on April 8, 2010 09:09 AM

I have 2008 civic i lost my code and i need the s/n number how is 1&6 work do I hold the number 1 & 6 and press power on in order to me to get the serial number pls I need help guys evantech@yahoo.com thank u

Posted by: Evan on April 25, 2010 11:13 AM

Changed battery and now no power on radio on 2002 Civic. Have the radio code, but nothing works.

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Posted by: caudio on July 23, 2010 05:21 PM

This site ROCKS!

Posted by: lcherry on August 2, 2010 01:45 PM

I have the radio code for my honda civic. What are the steps to input the radio code

Posted by: yogesh on August 14, 2010 02:02 PM

hi, i have a honda civic 2004 and i changed my battery, so can any one help me in getting the code, where the serial number is: U2716, L2542. thanks you.

Posted by: idreamonu on August 22, 2010 06:37 AM

I have a Honda with a radio that needs a code. I bought it used and was not given the code. My radios serial # is U 2206 L 3063. Can someone help?

Posted by: jr on August 22, 2010 12:37 PM

Honda Civic EX Radio Code?

I just bought a used 2000 honda civic ex. I replaced the battery in it, and now my radio is displaying "code error"...I tried to retrieve the code from honda, but couldn't get it because i dont know the previous owners zip code and phone number used when he registered the car with honda.

Serial number: M98D500181
VIN: 1HGEJ8244YL098219

Posted by: jessica on August 29, 2010 05:55 PM

Purchased a 2000 Honda Accord EX-V6 about a month ago and the battery died on me today (the original battery in it) and replaced it at my local AutoZone. Got home and discovered that the radio code was missing. Called Honda because I could not retrieve it with the VIN# because I was not the original owner, so the telephone number and zip code would not much. The gentlemen replaced my information in about 5 minutes and gave me my code. If you call 1-800-999-1009, you will need the radio serial number, which I found on a sticker inside of the glovebox.

Posted by: crivera904 on September 2, 2010 08:07 PM

Honda Customer Service, 1-800-999-1009 (M-F), helped me get the code using the radio itself. My 2005 Honda Civic does not require removing the radio to get its serial number (as my mechanic had said).

Posted by: KTex on September 3, 2010 05:30 PM

I have a 2000 honda civic and before I got my radio code, I had to reset my stereo before I could input the radio code I got from 1-800-999-1009. I did this by leaving the key in the ignition on the first rung and had the radio on. Eventually the Code ErrE was gone from the stereo and I could then enter my radio code and it eventually worked.

Posted by: jha1 on September 9, 2010 06:17 PM

My car tape serial is 3002 6157 can i have code for my car tape

Posted by: jmughal on October 27, 2010 06:55 AM

I found a white sticker on the left side of my glove compartment in my 2005 (i think) civic

It started with two letters, EL or something like that

Posted by: Phillip Winkler on October 29, 2010 04:27 AM

I have a honda civic hybrid 2004 and I changed the battery and the radio dead, I tried more than 10 times before I found the code, so please can somebody tell me how can I reset the code?

Posted by: Jessy on November 12, 2010 11:11 PM

i just wanted to say that i got my radio code off of my glove compartment like it said on here. Thanks so much for all the help you guys gave. You guys are a lifesaver!

Posted by: Flip on January 14, 2011 01:06 AM

I need help!!!

vin: 1HGFA16566L124086
RADIO SERIE 25085807

I dont know the code to the radio and I have looked everywhere

Please help me out

Posted by: roberto avila on January 28, 2011 12:08 AM

what up, bros + siss?

i was looking all over the place as mentioned above, driver side coin tray, glove compartment, underneath the hook at the fuse box, etc... but didn't have luck... just right before i've decided to hold down on the #1 + #6 to turn on the radio and getting ready to call honda, i...

looked into the package that came with the owner's manual, and i found a laminated card with my code & serial # in it...

so maybe that would be the easiest place for us to look for our codes @ the 1st place...

best wishes to everyone...

good luck...

Posted by: Ken on February 19, 2011 07:56 PM

I've never had this problem because when I first got my Civic I swapped the crappy Honda Radio/CD/Tape for a better Radio/CD deck with no required codes, at all.

And yes I still have the original radio for when I sell the car.

But if you don't want to go through this process, just swap your radio.

Posted by: Revone on March 5, 2011 04:28 PM

turn the radio off Hold down the number 1 & 6 at the samtime as ur holding them down turn the radio back on an ur serial code will come up on the screen call honda with that number an they will give you the code.

Posted by: Amanda on May 11, 2011 12:57 PM

2007 CR-V... found this site..thank you!! went to the fusebox under the hood. Since I had already gotten the serial number with the 1 & 6 routine, I noticed under the fusebox cover, several alphabets and my serial number sequence. Above it was a 5 digit number, no M in front of it.. so I tried it..yahooooo no stinking calls to 800 Honda. At least I know where to find it next time. Good luck!

Posted by: Mioche on May 11, 2011 11:54 PM

Hello everybody!
I've changed the battery...\
didn't find the radio code anywhere:(

I thank you in advance:)


Thank u again!

Posted by: Raphael on May 16, 2011 02:50 PM

Dear sir

my radio didnt work need a code No

my serial No is U3002L4625

please help


Posted by: yahya93 on June 13, 2011 08:23 AM

Cleaning terminal of 2009 honda civic ex coupe reattched terminals radio asking for code ..Found code in owners manual on a card that was in a little ziploc bag in glove compartment

Posted by: dwayne on June 13, 2011 11:43 PM

Hey Joe,

You're no automotive technician. Voltage doesn't kill you. Amps do. 100 milli amps can kill you.
Please any one reading this. You're battery contains more than enough amperage to kill you. Don't fool with it if you don't know what your doing.

Posted by: Mike D on August 1, 2011 01:11 PM

i have lookd evrywhr 4 my code,but i havnt found it. anymre pointers wil b appreciated.

Posted by: john on August 2, 2011 05:42 AM

hw true is it dt some codes are 4 digits?

Posted by: john on August 2, 2011 05:49 AM

2002 Honda Civic. The car has the original battery in it. The car did not want to start. I replaced the battery and now the car will crank, but not start. Here's my problem. The stereo is NOT the original. How do I get past these codes, if I do not have the original radio in the car. Mine is an after makret pioneer. Please help.

Posted by: Patrick on November 3, 2011 01:52 PM

If any body out there needs a code for his/her honda, the easiest thing is to call Honda's hot line #. They are EXTREMELY helpful and pleasant to talk to. You have to supply the vehicle identification number (VIN). The serial # on the radio helps also. The NUMBER IS :
1 800 999-1009. Hopefully, this helps.

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