How to Get Honda Radio Code the Easy Way

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How to Get Honda Radio Code the Easy Way

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Radio codes protect your stereo system from thieves, but if you’ve removed your stereo from your vehicle or disconnected the battery, you’ll need to enter your radio code for the stereo to function again. Your Honda Key Programming tool is printed on a small card and included with your owner’s manual. If you’ve misplaced your radio card or bought your Honda used, you can still easily retrieve your Honda’s radio code. Here’s how:
Check the inside of Your Glovebox for Your Radio Code

Many Honda models will have the radio code listed on a small white sticker inside the glovebox. The five or six digit code will be labeled “Anti-Theft Radio Code.”  Enter this code through the preset radio buttons on your radio.  You will hear a beep and then the radio will resume normal function.

If you do not have a radio code inside you glove box, don’t worry.  You can still retrieve it. But first you’ll need your radio serial number.
How to Retrieve Your Code if You Have a 2002 or Newer Honda

Press and hold radio preset buttons 1 and 6.  While holding down these buttons, turn your key in the ON position.  This will not start the vehicle, but will turn on the electrical components.  After a few moments, your stereo serial number will display a 10 digit alpha numeric code.  This is your radio serial number that you’ll have to write down.
How to Retrieve Your Code if You Have a 2001 or Older Honda

You radio serial number is located on the body of your radio unit.  To access OBD2 key Programmer, you’ll need to remove the radio from the dash.  Consult your owner’s manual on how to remove the radio properly or a bring your vehicle to a professional if you’re unsure.  Removing the radio improperly can damage the unit and dash.

Once you have your radio serial number, you have three ways to access your radio code.
Accessing Your Honda Radio Code Online

Drive to your local Honda or Acura dealer and provide your radio serial number and proof of ownership.

Your radio code will not change, so once you’ve retrieved it, write the code down for any future use.


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How to Reset Your Honda Oil Maintenance Light

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When the maintenance light comes on or you’ve changed the oil and filter on your Honda, the maintenance minder system will need to be reset.

Authorized Honda dealers will automatically reset your maintenance minder system as part of the service, but if you’ve changed the oil yourself or had the service performed elsewhere, you can manually reset the oil maintenance light with a few simple steps.

Here are the instructions for resetting the oil maintenance light on a 2007 or newer Honda Key Programmer.
Resetting Your Honda Oil Maintenance Light in 4 Steps

Step 1:  Turn the ignition to run (one click before starting the engine).
Step 2:  Press the Select/Reset button located on either your steering wheel or as a knob on your dash.  Depending on your model, either scroll through or press the knob repeatedly until “Engine Oil Life” or “Engine Oil Indicator %” is displayed.
Step 3:  Press and hold the Select/Reset button for 10 seconds.  The Engine Oil Indicator will begin to blink.
Step 4:  If your display reads “Engine Oil Life”, select the Reset mode by pressing the Info button on the steering wheel. Then press the Select/Reset button to return your oil life to 100%.

If your display reads “Engine Oil Indicator %”,  press and hold the Select/Reset knob for more than 5 seconds.  The oil life indicator % will change to 100%.
What is the Honda Maintenance Minder System?

Your oil maintenance light is part of the Maintenance Minder system. Honda introduced the Maintenance Minder system in 2006 to help drivers know when their vehicles are due for scheduled maintenance.  The Honda Key Programmer works by determining how your Honda is being used and calculating when regular maintenance should be preformed.
What Determines the Life of My Engine Oil?

The primary factors that affect the engine oil life are engine temperature, engine load, mileage driven, trip duration, vehicle speed and engine speed.  If your engine maintenance light has come on before it’s recommended scheduled 5,000 mile oil change, the Maintenance Minder system has predicted early breakdown of the additives in your oil based on use and engine conditions.

Steps for manually resetting the oil maintenance light vary from model to model, so make sure to consult your owner’s manual for exact instructions.