Today I took my car to our agency mechanic to diagnose a starting problem that just came up.
He said the battery was on the verge of dying but it might be the starter so I opted to head out and get another battery until I got into the car and it wouldn't start. We tried to jump it off but even that didn't work. Since I work at a state agency and we had wasted about thirty minutes of 'state time' I just called AAA tow service and had it taken to my regular mechanic. FWIW, I had the day off, so I wasn't wasting everyone's time and the mechanic was waiting for the oil to drain from a car on the lift.
The shop where I had the car towed to called to say that an aftermarket alarm system.....that I didn't know was on the car.....had failed and that he had removed it and things were fine. Apparently there was a starter interlock that prevented the starter from engaging when the unit failed. Then I did go get a new battery and everything is almost perfect.
Now, when I turn on the radio it just says......CODE..... and the clock is running slowly.
How do I get the radio to work without taking it to the DEALER and getting hit with a big service charge for resetting the radio and/or fixing the clock?