Find Your Honda Radio Code Easily.

[ 2014 Update – Guys, I can’t magically give you your radio code.  Read the blog post.  If the code isn’t where I said, you’ll be going to the dealer to get it sorted out.  Ok? ]

Yesterday, I hopped in my car (a 2005 Honda Civic that I picked up back in 2004), and went to the Wawa about a mile away to pick up a bit of lunch.  The car started fine, drove just fine, and all seemed, well, fine.  That is, until I got in the car to come back home.  The car wouldn’t turn over, no power, no nothing.  Just a very faint clicking noise that lasted about 5 seconds after turning the key off.

Yup, it was a dead battery.  Fortunately, as it was only a mile, I walked home, ate my lunch, then as Heather & the kids had arrived back at home, we hopped in the van to go back over.  I could have avoided this if I’d simply left the jumper cables in my trunk.  For some unknown reason, I took them out and left them in the garage after I’d last used them.

One jump start later, I was able to drive the car back home.  I grabbed the van keys, ran to Pep Boys and grabbed a new battery, as the old one was the original, now nearly 4 years old, and had a dark eye – i.e. It’s Dead Jim.  Swapping out the battery was easy enough, and then I found a new problem.  My radio has the anti-theft feature that requires a 5-digit code to unlock it.  Fortunately, after a bit of googling, I found that if you sit in the driver’s seat, open the glove box and look at the little sticker on the left side of the outer shell of the glove box, you’ll find two numbers.  The one on top is 5 digits.  Guess what?  It’s your radio code.

Wildly convenient for situations like this, but what if my radio were stolen?  Someone smart enough to steal a radio is probably also smart enough to look at a sticker that’s less than a foot away from the radio, right?

11 thoughts on “Find Your Honda Radio Code Easily.”

  1. I just want to Thank You for being a genius!! You just saved me a trip to the dealers and that would have ruined a whole night for something so simple…. Thank You again. 

    Oh and if someone robbed my stock radio and was smart enough to know about the code on the side panel of my glove box then more power to’em.

  2. Amin,

    Just read the post, it tells you exactly where the code is.  If yours isn’t there, you’ll need to take the car to a dealer.

  3. Gents,
    If you have a 2001 Honda CRV SE model (Automatic) There is another little hiding place.  It’s on the left side of the center box, just under the cup holder.

  4. Hi, just a quick question. My car is asking for my radio code – everything was fine up until tuesday when my car would not start, i tried to unlock the car with my spare key but had no luck. I finally unlocked the vehicle manually and put the key in the ignition but received no response with either key. I don’t understand how a cr just stops working like that. I am defintely 10000% certain I did not leave my lights on so as to drain the battery.. Is it likely that someone tried to steal my car 😦 or am I junmping to the wrong conclusion??

  5. I have a 1992 honda accord ex and i need the radio code so that i can listen to music, i had the radio taken out so that i can get the serial code please help thanks.

  6. The radio code for Honda can be found in the owner’s manual. The code will be printed on a small card. If you no longer have the manual or card … It can’t be looked up for you except by a dealer or honda direct:

    Information You Will Need
    Vehicle VIN Number
    Phone Number and Zip Code matching those on file
    Device Serial Number

    You can retrieve your code using the website:

    during the following hours:
    Monday to Friday 4:00 AM to 9:00 PM PDT (Pacific Daylight Time)
    4:00 AM to 6:30 PM on Saturdays PDT
    4:00 AM to 9:00 PM PDT on Sundays.

    additional suggestions can be found at:

  7. Great article here and discussion also. Just something I thought I would add and would be useful to people is a link to a website which shows you how to get a radio code for a honda accord for free. (They support other makes and models too)

    I have used this website on my ’06 honda civic radio and it worked, pretty smooth process even better if you know your radios serial number.

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