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Old 01-03-2006, 9:29 PM   #1
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1999 3.2TL Radio Code Newbie

I cannot get my TL radio to accept the unlock code.

I've searched the site and see a number of comments about unlocking the radio on my TL. Finding the code - under hood, trunk lid, coin tray, fuse box cover, glove box, owners manual or pulling the radio to get the Serial #, etc. Also some oblique stuff about holding 1 and 6 presets while powering up radio to obtian some ?serial? numbers.

I have my code. But the radio will NOT accept the code. Saw some references to disconnecting the radio antennae etc...but not very clear nor reassuring.

Does anyone have suggestions? I'm desperate!

Thanks a bunch.
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you need to unplug the antenna from behind the radio and plug it back in.. once in it should accept your code.. i know theres an easier way of doing this i just dont remember
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I cannot get my TL radio to accept the unlock code.

I've searched the site and see a number of comments about unlocking the radio on my TL. Finding the code - under hood, trunk lid, coin tray, fuse box cover, glove box, owners manual or pulling the radio to get the Serial #, etc. Also some oblique stuff about holding 1 and 6 presets while powering up radio to obtian some ?serial? numbers.

I have my code. But the radio will NOT accept the code. Saw some references to disconnecting the radio antennae etc...but not very clear nor reassuring.

Does anyone have suggestions? I'm desperate!

Thanks a bunch.


first of all, you may have the wrong code.. If you are the 2nd owner of the car, the radio may have been replaced which you may have the original anti-theft card and is not the right code for your current radio.

best thing to do.

there is a left and right side trim piece on your center console. Most likely it will be a mahogany looking piece, remove the piece on the passanger side. It's held in by clips so it just pulls off.

there should be a white sticker on the front/side of your radio where the trim piece was covering it. That is the serial number for that specific radio.


please include your full name and location and vin number of the car so i can verify that you are the current owner of the car. THEN give me the serial number off of the white sticker.

after that, i'll get you your correct code.
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Where are are the 2 clips located? I want to pull it in the right place bec. I'm afraid I may break the trim piece. Thanks,
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Two things

I was absolutley convinced my radio was original. Then I pulled the trim and the white sticker on right side had the same Ser No as on sticker on fuse box cover. So off I go and pull the entire radio - and find that the Ser # label on the back of radio does NOT match any other sticker on car....so with the correct Ser # I get the right code and all is well in the world.

Regarding the clips - Just start at the rear end of the trim and use a small flat-head screw driver and slowly pry the trim away from car. The clips should take care of themselves if you go slow and pry gently across several inches - don't try to force it completely loose at any one point. Good luck.
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I was absolutley convinced my radio was original. Then I pulled the trim and the white sticker on right side had the same Ser No as on sticker on fuse box cover. So off I go and pull the entire radio - and find that the Ser # label on the back of radio does NOT match any other sticker on car....so with the correct Ser # I get the right code and all is well in the world.

Regarding the clips - Just start at the rear end of the trim and use a small flat-head screw driver and slowly pry the trim away from car. The clips should take care of themselves if you go slow and pry gently across several inches - don't try to force it completely loose at any one point. Good luck.
no need to pull off the whole radio for the serial #, just hold radio button 1 & 6 and radio power on all at the same time and it will report the serial number UXXXX and LXXXX combine those two numbers and that is the radio's serial number. Then you can ask the dealer for your radio code given the serial number. They usually will charge you a small fee unless they are cool.
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no need to pull off the whole radio for the serial #, just hold radio button 1 & 6 and radio power on all at the same time and it will report the serial number UXXXX and LXXXX combine those two numbers and that is the radio's serial number. Then you can ask the dealer for your radio code given the serial number. They usually will charge you a small fee unless they are cool.

holding 1,6 will only work on certain years/models.
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first of all, you may have the wrong code.. If you are the 2nd owner of the car, the radio may have been replaced which you may have the original anti-theft card and is not the right code for your current radio.

best thing to do.

there is a left and right side trim piece on your center console. Most likely it will be a mahogany looking piece, remove the piece on the passanger side. It's held in by clips so it just pulls off.

there should be a white sticker on the front/side of your radio where the trim piece was covering it. That is the serial number for that specific radio.


please include your full name and location and vin number of the car so i can verify that you are the current owner of the car. THEN give me the serial number off of the white sticker.

after that, i'll get you your correct code.
I'm not the original owner of this vehicle... my full name is Thai-Binh Phan, I'm in Honolulu, Hawaii.... the VIN for my 99 Acura TL: 19U UA5649XA006892. The serial on the white sticker affixed to the head unit: B80716318.. thanks!!!
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I'm not the original owner of this vehicle... my full name is Thai-Binh Phan, I'm in Honolulu, Hawaii.... the VIN for my 99 Acura TL: 19U UA5649XA006892. The serial on the white sticker affixed to the head unit: B80716318.. thanks!!!
He has not been active on this site since feb of 2006.

Are you missing your code?
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Holding 1 and 6 is from 01s and up.I had the same problem all my numbers matched the one on the top of radio the one on passenger side under the wood grain trim.The dealership told me the numbers were no good.I spent 50 bucks to have Best Buy pull the head unit for more numbers to call the 800 number.They gave me the same numbers I found myself in 5 minutes.I called the Acura 800 number and they had to drop the last number from the end and it works great.
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