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Old 02 Jul 2011, 02:46 pm
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Default honda anti theft code on radio?

i just financed a 96 honda accord ex from a little delership and i took it home and looked it over including under the hood.....while i was doin so i noticed the battery terminal was covered in thick corrosion i romoved the terminal and cleaned it off and put it back on, with out thinking about the anti theft device on the when i turn the radio on it says code and wont let me use it..... i know im supposed to call a honda dealership to get the code but i heard tht cost about 90 dollars which is eventually gonna go with a aftermarket cd player but for now i would like to use the stock until then.....does anyone know it the code is located on the back of the deck or if there is a free way to get it without having to call a dealship and deal with there scams? also the top idler pulley wiggles when the car is running but when the car is off i tried wiggleing it with my hand and both the wheel and the nut are tight and wont budge? why would it wiggle while the car is running and is this normal?
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Old 02 Jul 2011, 03:01 pm
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look under the cup holder or on the side of the glove compartment, sometimes they have it there.
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Old 02 Jul 2011, 03:16 pm
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You can attempt to get the serial number by turning the key on and turning the radio off. While holding the 1 and 6 buttons down, turn on the radio. If it displays an 8 digit number, that is the serial number you will need. If this doesn't work, you will have to remove the radio and get the serial number off the radio itself. I am thinking this is what you will need to do and that is why they want to charge you $90 to get the code. Once you have the serial number, you can call the dealership or you may have to go in and the serial can be used to obtain the unlock code.
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Old 02 Jul 2011, 03:31 pm
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About what DarinK said: a stock audio unit from 1996 will not show the serial number on its face like the newer units do.

If the sticker is not in the glove box or on the bottom of the cupholder assembly (or in the owner's manual), next try the dealership where the car was purchased. Any dealer can type the VIN into Honda's system and it may show the radio code (if the original selling dealer bothered to enter it like they are supposed to). Worst case scenario, the audio unit will have to be removed from the dash to get the serial number off the sticker.
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Old 02 Jul 2011, 03:46 pm
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Cool, I just found it at

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