Aaaarg! Battery went dead and now my radio says "code".

Discussion in 'General Motoring' started by Guy Kwon Do, Feb 29, 2008.

  1. Guy Kwon Do

    Guy Kwon Do Guest

    The battery died in my 87 850 estate and now my radio is locked. The
    previous owner didn't have the code. Any idea how I can resurrect my radio?

    Guy Kwon Do, Feb 29, 2008
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    Roger Mills Guest

    In an earlier contribution to this discussion,
    Assuming it's the original radio, the records are held centrally by Volvo -
    and accessible to any Volvo dealer, who should be able to tell you provided
    you have reasonable proof of ownership. There may be a fee, of course!
    Email address maintained for newsgroup use only, and not regularly
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    Roger Mills, Feb 29, 2008
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    mjc13 Guest

    If you go to a Volvo dealer with all of your ownership paperwork and
    convince them that it really is your car, they should be able to get the
    code for you. Hopefully.
    mjc13, Mar 1, 2008
  4. local volvo dealer
    ~^ beancounter ~^, Mar 1, 2008
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    Mr. V Guest

    Do you have the original manual and documents that came with the car
    when the original owner bought it?

    The code should be there; on my wife's car, the original owner wrote
    down the four digit code.
    Mr. V, Mar 1, 2008
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    Andy Guest

    Hi Mr. V.,

    Doesn't that rather defeat the purpose of the code? .............. writing
    the code into the Owner's Manual, if the Manual is kept in the glove

    Just a thought :)

    Andy I.

    : Do you have the original manual and documents that came with the car
    : when the original owner bought it?
    : The code should be there; on my wife's car, the original owner wrote
    : down the four digit code.
    Andy, Mar 1, 2008
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    Someone Guest

    That's because the smart ones keep the manual at home and not in the
    car. Me too, the previous owner wrote the code on the cover page of
    the manual. I can even tell you what it is 4464.

    If one is patient, there are only 1,296 possibilities (6 X 6 X 6 X 6)
    Someone, Mar 2, 2008
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    mjc13 Guest

    It's not a great idea, but most thieves just take the stereo and
    run. Only the smart ones stop to grab the owner's manual too.
    mjc13, Mar 2, 2008
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    Hakan Gemici Guest

    Dear friends, now I am going to tell you a more convenient way to keep
    the anti-theft code for your stereo. You should write the code onto your
    stereo's specs tag glued upper side. :):):) My car's previous owner told
    me that original stereo was broken, so he had bought a second hand volvo
    stereo. Later I've started to look for the code but there were no luck.
    Asked previous owner on phone and he replied: I don't know. One day I've
    decided to check sockets for a completely different purpose and pulled
    down the stereo. The code was lying there all the time. Thats how I've
    met my code at very first time :)

    p.s. of course immediately after I've erased it and changed with a fake
    crypted version (a simple caesar shift)

    Andy yazmýþ:
    Hakan Gemici, Mar 2, 2008
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    Steve H Guest

    The smart ones don't pinch a 20 year old radio with a cassette player....

    Steve H
    Steve H, Mar 2, 2008
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    Greg Guest

    I bought a 960 radio at a wrecker went into Volvo dealership nearby
    and they told me they could do nothing for me (even though I had a
    receipt and the yellow paint was still on the radio). I tried another
    dealership and they were happy to help and had it for me in a few
    minutes. A word of warning if you enter the wrong code more than
    three times the radio goes in to safe mode and you need to leave the
    key on with vehicle off for several hours( the manual describes this
    procedure)...this can be a pain if you think you remember the code and
    plug away at it.
    Greg, Mar 2, 2008
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    c.fiedler Guest

    When that happened to me, I wen t to the dealer and they gave me the
    code -- for free no less.

    Chuck Fiedler
    Nothing but Volvo since 1974
    c.fiedler, Mar 3, 2008
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    Someone Guest

    I should add that I replaced this radio/casette with a cd player the
    moment after I bought my 93 240 in 2001.

    For a mere $200, I got a Pionner that plays all my CDs. You might
    want to buy one with a detachable front plate. Dumb thieves broke
    into the car to steal it, when they realised it had no front plate,
    they left. Cost me a new window. Thieves were too dumb to a) look
    through the window and see that there was not front plate and b) too
    dumb to use a coat hanger to unlock the door without making any noise.
    I believe this thief (ves) have a bright future in a jail somewhere.
    Someone, Mar 3, 2008
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    James Sweet Guest

    That's always frustrating. Most of those people are addicts, if they're not
    high at the time, they've fried a good portion of their brain cells, from a
    few that I've known, the common sense seems to be the first thing to go.

    As for stereos, I've swapped out the factory units in both of my cars as
    well, however it's getting more difficult by the day to find one that isn't
    absolutely garish. My little brother bought one for his car that we thought
    looked relatively clean and simple but it turned out to be backlit by
    blinding blue LEDs so bright that they interfere with night vision.
    James Sweet, Mar 3, 2008
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    Guy Kwon Do Guest

    Thanks for all the advice folks!
    Guy Kwon Do, Mar 6, 2008
  16. On my friends car it was written on the radio its self which we found after
    much frustration ...
    John Robertson, Apr 1, 2008
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    uw_moving Guest

    I purchased some software that helps to decode the code based on the
    resistor layout inside the radio. Sadly the individual that sold me
    the software from ebay "forgot" to remove the virus that was in with
    the software.

    Regardless, my antivirus software removed the virus I used the
    software and it was the best $5 I spent. Worked a treat on both
    Volvo Radio's (though one had, had wrong numbers entered too many
    times so I had to cover up the circuit boards contacts with aluminum
    foil to clear the wrong codes from the memory.

    Or you could give Volvo $80.... :)

    steve_4fun hotmail com
    uw_moving, Apr 3, 2008
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    Hakan Gemici Guest

    that diode layout based calculation works only for Volvo CR-705 and
    CR-905 stereos. Despite you're thinking that deal was the best for $5,
    you wasted your money anyway, cause these calculators can be downloaded
    for free from any p2p or sharing community. You should've asked here
    before making someone earn 5 bucks for nothing than one would (for ex.
    me) mail you gladly for free.
    Hakan Gemici, Apr 3, 2008
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