Whenever your battery dies or is disconnected, Honda’s theft-protection technology prevents your radio from being used without a set of radio codes. Finding these Honda radio codes and reactivating your audio system may seem like a chore, but once you’ve read this guide, you’ll have all the information you need to do the job from home in just a single afternoon. Once you’ve found your vehicle’s vehicle identification number (VIN) and your device’s serial number, simply visit Honda’s radio code recovery website and enter the required information in the form provided! With a little help, Capital Region drivers can get the music playing again in no time.

Finding Your Vehicle’s VIN

Before you begin the search for your vehicle’s VIN , it’s a good idea to familiarize yourself with the characteristics of this 17-digit code. Honda’s VINs use the letters A–Z as well as the numbers 0–9, and where confusion could arise, be advised that the letters “I,” “O,” and “Q” will never be included. Now that you know what you’re looking for, there are a few locations that you should check first.You should be able to find your VIN by looking at your proof-of-insurance card, your vehicle’s registration information, or the base of your windshield, where you’ll find a sticker with your VIN printed on it. If you’re unable to find your VIN in any of these locations, you may have better luck checking your Honda financial services statement or any new owner surveys that you might have lying around.

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Identifying Your Device’s Serial Number

Once you have your VIN, it’s time to take a closer look at your deactivated device. The process of identifying your device’s serial number will vary depending on which Honda model you own, but we’ve broken down all the possible scenarios below! In most cases, you should be able to find your device’s serial number on an anti-theft sticker placed inside your glove box by the dealer. If you aren’t able to find it here, you’ll have to follow a number of steps in order to find it.

Before we begin, note that both the 2013 and the 2014 Honda Odyssey do not require a radio code to be reactivated. Instead of following the processes below, drivers should refer to their owner’s manual. What’s more, on all Honda models produced before 2001, you won’t be able to view your device’s serial number without removing it from your vehicle entirely. In these cases, you’ll be better off taking your vehicle in to a local Honda service center. In almost all other scenarios, you can take the following steps to make your serial number appear on your device’s display.

  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.

One other significant exception applies to all Honda Accords equipped with a navigation system and produced between 2003–2007. For these models, the following steps apply.

  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 8 digits.

Have Your Honda Serviced with Us!

Next time you run into trouble with your radio system, you can get the help you need right away by contacting the service center at your local Capital Region Honda Dealer. We’ve got the equipment and the know-how to work on any of Honda’s models, and you can count on us to get the job done. We’ll get your Honda radio codes ready for you in no time, so you can hit the road with your favorite driving soundtrack once more!