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How to Reset the Security Code for Your Radio in a 2001 Mitsubishi Galant

by Sam Smith

As a theft deterrent system, Mitsubishi programs its car radios with a 4-digit code that locks the audio system when tampered with. Trouble is that sometimes the system locks up even on legitimate owners, leaving them without the ability to play compact discs or use the radio.

If you see a prompt that reads "Code," don't sweat it, the user manual should contain a reset code. If no manual is available, Mitsubishi hosts a website which will send you the code as long as you have your vehicle's VIN and the radio's model and serial numbers.

Locate and reset the lock code

Locate 2001 your original Galant owners manual. Note that it must be the one that came with your vehicle; replacement manuals will not have the appropriate code.

Insert key into ignition and set to "ON" or "RUN" position. Turn on radio.

Enter 4-digit code that appears in owners manual by depressing preset buttons on the radio deck.

Tip

  • If you don't have the owners manual, or yours is a replacement manual, you'll need to call the service department of your Mitsubishi dealership and give them the serial number of your radio. This is located on top of the deck, behind the decorative cowling on your car.

Warning

  • Accessing the serial and model numbers for your radio will require you to remove the cowling. If you're not comfortable doing this, your Mitsubishi service department should be able to remove it without much difficulty.

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About the Author

Sam Smith has worked as a professional writer since 2005. His work appears in several publications including "Sauk Valley Newspapers," the Rochester "Post Bulletin" and the "Guardian" of Nassau, Bahamas. Smith received a Master of Science in journalism from the University of Illinois.

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