Unlocking Your Acura Radio: A Simple Guide

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Imagine getting into your Acura, ready to hit the road with your favorite tunes pumping through the speakers. But wait! The radio is locked, and you can't remember the code. Don't worry, this happens to the best of us.

This blog post will guide you through three free and legal ways to retrieve your Acura radio unlock code. We'll also answer some frequently asked questions to help you get back to enjoying your music in no time.

Finding Your Acura Radio Code: Three Easy Options


Here are the three ways you can find your Acura radio unlock code for free:

  1. Check the Glove Box or Fuse Box:
    • Open your glove box and look for a small white sticker with the radio code printed on it.
    • If you can't find it there, check the inside cover of your fuse box located under the hood.
  2. Visit the Acura Website:
    • Head to the Acura website's radio and navigation code retrieval page.
    • Enter your Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) and the Device Serial Number from your radio.
    • You can find your VIN on your car's registration, insurance card, or on the driver's side windshield.
    • The device serial number is usually located on the anti-theft ID card or on the multimedia display unit itself.
  3. Contact Your Acura Dealer:
    • Call your local Acura dealership's service department and explain your situation.
    • Have your VIN and any other relevant information ready.
    • The dealership can usually look up your radio code based on your VIN.

Tip: Once you retrieve your code, write it down in a safe place for future reference. You can store it in your owner's manual, wallet, or even your phone's notes app.

Entering Your Acura Radio Code


Here's how to enter your retrieved code:

  1. Turn on your Acura radio.
  2. The display will show "Enter Code."
  3. Use the radio buttons or knob to enter the five-digit code.
  4. Press "Enter" or the appropriate button to confirm.
  5. If the code is correct, the radio should unlock, and you can start listening to your music again.

Important: You usually have a limited number of attempts (often around 10) to enter the correct code before the radio locks completely. If you exceed the limit, you may need to consult your Acura dealer for further assistance.

Why Does My Acura Radio Say “Code”?

Before we dive into the solution, let’s understand why your Acura radio might display that cryptic “CODE” message. When your car’s electrical system is disconnected (say, due to a battery change or repair), the radio goes into lockdown mode. To reactivate it, you’ll need a special code. But don’t worry; we’ve got your back!

Where to Find Your Acura Radio Code

1. Glove Box Decal

  • Open your glove box.
  • Look for a small decal with numbers. Bingo! That’s your radio code.
  • If it’s not there, proceed to the next step.

2. Engine Fuse Box Cover

  • Pop open your engine’s fuse box cover.
  • VoilĂ ! You might spot another radio code decal sticker.
  • Still no luck? Don’t fret; we’ve got one more trick up our sleeve.

3. Acura’s Website

  • Visit Acura’s website (yes, it’s as simple as that).
  • Enter your VIN (Vehicle Identification Number) and Device Serial Number.
  • Retrieve your Acura radio code online. Magic!

What’s a VIN, Anyway?

Your VIN is like your car’s fingerprint—a unique 17-character code assigned to every vehicle in the USA. You can find it:

  • On the base of the windshield.
  • On your registration.
  • On your car insurance cards.
  • On the vehicle title.
  • Inside the driver’s side door.

How to Get Your Acura Device Serial Number

Your device serial number holds the key to unlocking your radio. Here’s how to find it:

  • Check the Anti-Theft Identification Card in your glove compartment.
  • Some newer models display the code directly on the device screen.

For All Models 2001 & After:

  1. Turn your vehicle on.
  2. Switch the radio device to ON and note the display code.
  3. If nothing shows up, try pulling the backup fuse and repeat.
  4. Turn off the radio device.
  5. Hold down the 1 and 6 buttons while turning the device on.
  6. The screen will reveal the first 4 digits of your radio serial number.


What if I can't find my VIN or Device Serial Number?

If you're struggling to locate your VIN or Device Serial Number, consult your owner's manual or contact your Acura dealer for assistance.

Can I buy my Acura radio unlock code online?

We strongly advise against purchasing radio unlock codes from third-party websites. These codes may not work, and you risk exposing yourself to scams or malware.

My Acura radio code still doesn't work after multiple attempts. What should I do?

If the retrieved code doesn't work and you've used all your attempts, contact your Acura dealer for further assistance. They may need to reset your radio or provide additional support.

Remember: These methods are for retrieving the original radio code associated with your Acura. If your radio has been replaced or tampered with, the code retrieval process might be different.

By following these simple steps, you should be able to retrieve your Acura radio unlock code for free and get back to enjoying your favorite music on the road.


Unlocking your Acura radio needn’t be a headache. Whether you find the code in your glove box, under the hood, or online, remember: we’ve got your back. Happy driving, and may your tunes be forever unlocked!


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