Question about Car Audio & Video
I own a 2003 Honda CRV. I bought it used and no owners manual was provided with the purchase. I lost power to the car's system and the radio set itself in an anti-theft mode requiring a code to get the radio to function again. I tried pushing several buttons and now only get an "error" message. How do I reset this radio?
For the 05 Civic
If you have an Error message the system rejects the 5 digit code. All you need to do is de-energize the system to get back to code mode. The easiest way to do this is to pull the 10 amp fuses out of the fuse block and then re-insert them. The system will now take the code.
Posted on Apr 06, 2008
The code is in the glove box or on the side of the glove box only for 2002 and above. For 2001 and below, the serial # is on the back of the radio and the dealer has to have that in order to get the radio code from Honda. The radio and air controls are all in one piece so the whole bottom of the dash, all the way across has to be removed to pull the radio. That's why they charge so much. I'm looking at just replacing my radio with a new one that offers free installation.
Posted on Jan 19, 2008
Here is the direct link to honda's website that really helps you all you need is the phone number and zip code used when purchasing your CRV and the vehicles VIN number
Posted on Dec 06, 2008
I have a 1999 Honda CRV and the battery was changed. Now the radio does not power on. I checked the 10 amp fuse and it is fine, I also have the code, The issue is the power. Any suggestions?
The radio was fine before the battery change.
I called the Honda dealer and they were no help!
BTW: I would hope that Honda removes the antitheft feature. I would prefer that someone steal my radio then to have to go though this annoyance! And who is going to remove the dashboard to steal a factory radio in the first place!
Posted on Oct 18, 2008
I have a 1999 Honda CRV. After having the battery replaced at NTB, the device they used to keep codes didn't work and my radio was dead. They told me to go to the local Honda dealer to get it reset.
Honda dealer told me it would cost $100 to get the dash taken apart. I wasn't pleased.
Google steps in. I came home and checked a few different hits. Though it says that my 1999 doesn't have a sticker, there was one in the glove box, though quite non-descript with a few letters and numbers. I went to the Honda website and found a link that allowed me to input my phone number, VIN number and the code from the glove box. Voila! It popped right up! I am so psyched! It just cost me a few minutes time on the internet to save $100!
Disappointed to realize yet again that the local Honda dealer didn't have better information (I even bought the car from them!). Good luck!
Posted on Jul 06, 2008
2002 CRV:Was able to locate original stereo code # on the underside of the outside fuse box cover(engine compartment). The code is a 5 digit number (numbers 1 through 6 only)and can be entered by pressing the appropriate numbers displayed on the stereo panel.If you are unable to enter any digits, start up car and pull the #9 fuse(AKA Back Up fuse, as schematically displayed in owners manual or on underside of outside fuse box cover). Reinstall the #9 fuse with the car still running and input code.
Posted on Jun 30, 2009
I have a Honda 2004.. with the same problem. Called the honda guys and they asked me for $150 saying tht the code is behind the radio and they need to take it out.. blah blah blah...
thankfully i dinn go to them...
i just found a 5 digit code in my glove compartment ( built into the dashboard, located over the front-seat passenger's footwell in an automobile )... and entered the code in my radio.. and Voila it worked!!! so look out for a sticker in ur glove compartment ... u might just need tht.
All the best!
Posted on Apr 06, 2009
When you call 1-800-999-1009, you will need to give them your name, address, and phone number(the current owner), not previous owners.
And you will need to give the serial number as well, by hold the ignition key to position 2 (switch on), and press the radio to be off. Press 1 and 6 keys together, then press "power" button again. It will show you Uxxx Lxxx code.
Once you give them all those information, they will be able to give the code to you. Otherwise find the WHITE sticker on the side of the glove box, my glove box does NOT have such sticker, or previous owners removed it.
If all those does not work, you will need to go to honda dealership and pull the radio out, the code is on the back, this is costly. Good LUCK!
Posted on Mar 05, 2010
In addition to the other solutions offered here, I read in the Honda manual that once the ErrE message is displayed, the unit must be left on for one hour before the code can be tried again. Sure enough, by leaving the car in the accessory position with the radio on, the ErrE message went back to CODE. This time we knew the correct code and it's working again. This may not be any easier than pulling the fuse, but it's another option.
Posted on Dec 22, 2009
I lost my radio code for my 2001 Honda CRV. The dealer wanted $90 to retrieve the radio serial number. I found a sticker inside the glove box with letters and numbers. I contacted Honda Customer Service and gave them my name, address, VIN and the number from the sticker and they were able to provide me with the five digit radio code. The number on the sticker was the radio serial number.
Posted on Mar 16, 2010
Guys, many thanks for solutions. My 2007 CR-V Radio suddenly displays "Enter Code" though I didn't change any battery. I checked the glove box as you guys suggested. Voila! A sticker has 5-digits security code and radio serial number (I guess).
Honda seems trying to lessen hassles for the customer after lots of complaints from older models. But, still no explanations about the security code on the handbook.
When entering the sec code, be aware of "Code" letters disappear and appear again without showing the sec code.
Posted on Jan 30, 2011
My honda crv fm radio and the cd is still not working after i have unlock the code. kindly assits.
Posted on Jan 05, 2010
Hi - i have just purchased a Honda CRV 2003, it has no disk and just has a message on the screen in English and Japanese. (it is most probably a japanese import)
It states - Error - insert correct program disk.
the stereo also is not functioning, can anyone tell me what i need to buy?
Will the Satnav Maps disc also cure the problem that the stereo/cd player is also not responding?
Any help would be appreciated?
Posted on Aug 16, 2011
I have a 2002 Honda CR-V with the same problem, battery died and I did not get the code from previous owner. I hade Error showing on screen. I started up the car pulled the red 10 amp fuse ( shown on diagram as Backup ) then put it back in. I found the 6 digit code on a sticker on the glove box door, punched it in and radio came back to life!
Posted on Dec 05, 2009
Losing 12 volt power to the radio causes a problem in the Honda CRV when your swapping car batteries. To avoid all of the difficulties of getting your stereo radio working again after a power loss to the electrical system just get some jumper cables or long wires with clamps on the ends and connect the new battery to the terminal connectors BEFORE you disconnect the old battery when making a battery swap. That way you wont lose power during the swap and wont have to go through all of the hassle of gettting your radio working again.
Posted on Jul 23, 2010
Honda was going to charge me $96 (!!!) to pull out the radio to figure out the radio code. I've got a 2002 CRV and looked under the fuse box cover in the engine compartment like some of you said and voila! The radio code was there. Saved myself $96 bucks.
Posted on Oct 26, 2009
When i changed my battery on my crv honda 2005 the radio won't work and displaying 0000 on the screen
Posted on Sep 11, 2016
I found my radio code on a sticker inside the plastic envelope that contained all my car information and operating manual. It was in my glove compartment. I have a 2002 CRV.
Posted on May 17, 2010
1. Press 1-6 together to get the Serial Uxxxx Lxxxx
2. Call Honda Customer Service 1-800-999-1009 to get the Code
Posted on Feb 23, 2010
SOURCE: Honda CRV 2002
Please see the following article posted here.
It explains where to find the code on your vehicle. It is on a white sticker "somewhere" in or on your vehicle. This could be as simple as the glovebox door, to the engine compartment to the inside of the center console.
It is a 5 digit code.
Posted on Jan 10, 2008
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