How to Reset My Honda Radio After Putting in a New Battery

by Robert Moore

Resetting the radio in your Honda is usually as simple as pressing a couple of buttons, but in rare cases you may need to enter a security code to regain operation of the radio.

Syncing the Radio

Step 1

Turn the ignition key to the "On" position, but don't start the engine.

Step 2

Turn the radio on by pressing in on the volume control knob. After 10 seconds, turn the radio off.

Step 3

Press and hold the power button for two to five seconds and watch the radio display. Release the power button when the display lights up and the radio turns on. If the message "Enter PIN Code" shows on the display, proceed to the next section.

Code Retrieval and Entry

Step 1

Turn the ignition switch to the "On" position. Turn on the radio and verify that the display reads "Enter PIN Code." Turn the radio off, but leave the ignition switch in the "On" position.

Step 2

Press and hold the No. 1 and No. 6 radio preset buttons, then turn on the radio. The display will flash two different codes - these are the first and second halves of the radio's serial number. Ignore the letter before each number and combine the two numbers to create an eight-digit serial number. Turn off the ignition.

Step 3

Go to and click on the tab labeled "Get codes." Input your radio's serial number, vehicle's VIN and your personal information, then click "Submit." Write down the security code.

Step 4

Turn the ignition switch to the "On" position and turn on the radio. Enter the security code using the soft buttons on the touch screen display. Turn off the ignition when the radio resumes normal operation.

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