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    Car Problem.....Radio

    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?

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    IF it is a Honda do this: Open your glove box up and on the left inside of box you will find two sets of numbers, a long one and a 5 digit one. The five digit one is your code. If it is not a Honda, good luck.

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    But you can always go to a forum that specializes in your car. Search for "code" and I'll bet you you can find what you want.

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    Thanks a bunch. My car is a 1997 Honda Accord, but I don't know what to do with any code I find?

    Can you be more specific?

    Also, I have Googled for Honda car repair forums but so far, have had no luck. I would also appreciate any thoughts on a query string.

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    You need to enter the code into your stereo using the preset buttons. Try these two:

    46655
    22144

    As someone mentioned above, the code may also be on a sticker inside your glove box.

    Taken from http://hondaswap.com/accord/97-honda...io-code-79630/

    I Googled "97 honda accord radio code"...

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    some times its a code that you can set yourself, if no one ever set it try "0000" if that doesn't work try the code that jeff^d mentioned, if its an aftermarket youd be better off getting a new radio.
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    Quote Originally Posted by LastPlace View Post
    Thanks a bunch. My car is a 1997 Honda Accord, but I don't know what to do with any code I find?

    Can you be more specific?

    Also, I have Googled for Honda car repair forums but so far, have had no luck. I would also appreciate any thoughts on a query string.
    Once you have code, start up car and turn on radio. "CODE" will appear in window. Enter the five digit number according to the presets and it will come on just like magic.

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    By the way, the code will be set from factory. Why anyone would change it is beyond me. But mine happened to be 44522.

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    Thanks for all the replies.............


    wfin2004........The reason people need radio codes is because they need to be reset when the battery is changed or unhooked.

    BTW, I tried all the locations folks suggested but there were no stickers of any kind. Remember that this is a 1997 so it is a bit dated, albeit a great car that I truly love.

    In my case, none of the codes have worked so I will call the dealer on Tuesday in hopes they will help me for free.

    Have a great weekend.

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    Just take it to a dealer and they can retrieve the code for you...
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    ehidle,

    I'm sure they can help but I was trying to retrieve the code for free........

    Have a nice weekend.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LastPlace View Post
    Thanks for all the replies.............


    wfin2004........The reason people need radio codes is because they need to be reset when the battery is changed or unhooked.

    BTW, I tried all the locations folks suggested but there were no stickers of any kind. Remember that this is a 1997 so it is a bit dated, albeit a great car that I truly love.

    In my case, none of the codes have worked so I will call the dealer on Tuesday in hopes they will help me for free.

    Have a great weekend.

    That's right. They need the codes but they come from factory already set. Now there are other locations that Honda owners have found their codes. SOMEPLACE on the car the code is written. Some owners said theirs was under the hood. Others have said under the arm rest tray. By the way, that site one reader sent you to is the crappiest of all Honda forums. Try this one:
    http://www.8thcivic.com/forums/insid...adio-code.html

    Dealers will charge for this as they need to remove radio in order to find the serial #. Below heater? AC control is a small pocket. under this pocket is the serial # of radio. This will save you money as they do not have to pull radio. The rectangular sticker is what you want to fund. It is there on your car.

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    Have you checked the car's manual for a code? It may be written down in there somewhere.

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    The dealer will usually do it for free. Don't take it to them, just call them. They've got a database that ties your VIN to a bunch of info about your car, like paint job, options, etc. Often the radio code is in there.

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    There is a number on the back of the radio that is tied to the code, and the radio has to be pulled to get this number. Sometimes, the code is in the trunk. Dig around in the spare tire well and see if there is a number. Sometimes, folks even write it in the owner manual.

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    Thanks for all the help folks. I have looked everywhere for any 5 digit number and found nothing, but will try calling the dealer on Tuesday.

    Didn't really know how much I missed the radio until it wasn't available.

    At least the car is starting every time now and that is the important issue.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wfin2004 View Post
    IF it is a Honda do this: Open your glove box up and on the left inside of box you will find two sets of numbers, a long one and a 5 digit one. The five digit one is your code. If it is not a Honda, good luck.
    dang...good to know. we were fortunate enough to be able to call the dealership (bought my son a used 2002 honda 2yr ago) and they looked the code up for us. it's now in a safe place.
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    Success.................sort of.

    I was getting ready to throw away the old key fobs for the non functioning alarm system and found a card with the anti-theft code, but it doesn't seem to work.

    It is almost 1am so it's off to sleep, but in the morning I will disconnect the battery to see if that will reset the system and then I will enter the code..............

    Thanks again.......

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