A dead car battery can be a drag, but what’s even worse is being unable to access the radio or navigation system once you get a replacement. If the battery dies or disconnects in your Honda, you’ll need to enter the radio code to reinitiate the system. Here’s a step-by-step guide on how to find the Honda radio code. If you need assistance, the service department at Avery Greene Honda is always here to help.
The first thing you’ll need to unlock your radio is the vehicle’s VIN Number. This 17-digit number can be found at the base of the windshield, on the registration and insurance cards, and your Honda Financial Services statement.
The second thing you’ll need to unlock your radio and navigation system is your vehicle’s radio serial number. Start your vehicle, then turn on the radio and navigation system. The radio display screen should read “CODE.”
Once you’ve confirmed that the screen says “CODE,” turn off the device and hold the 1 and 6 buttons at the same time. Turn on the device once more. The display should switch between two screens, one with a “U” followed by four numbers and the second with an “L” followed by four digits.
You can safely ignore the U and L, but you’ll need all eight digits. Those eight digits are your device’s serial number. Once you have the VIN and serial numbers, write them down and head to Honda’s radio code website. Input the information in the “Get Codes” tab.
It’s worth noting that some vehicles, like the 2013 and 2014 Honda Odyssey, don’t require a radio serial number for initiation. Vehicles older than the 2001 model year, however, will have their serial number located on the back of the device. You’ll need to schedule a service appointment at a certified Honda dealership, like Avery Greene Honda, in order to find it.