Why is it asking me for a code in the first place?
All 850’s, S/V90’s, X70’s, and 1rst Gen S40/V40’s have “theft proof” Head units in them. It was designed so that the radio would only work in one car until you received the correct code for the radio. The downsides to this are, nobody steals old Volvo radios anymore, and anytime that you break power to the car (e.g. replace the battery) the radio will reset and ask you for a code.
Where do I get my code?
There are a couple of places that you should look in your car before calling a dealership for the code. First, every Volvo that came with a “Theft-proof” head unit was given a card (looks like a white credit card) with the code written on it, check your owners manual or glove box to see if it is still there. Secondly, most owners write their code on the top of the so that they will never loose it, to check this there are two tabs on the sides of the radio, depress the tabs and they will pop out, after they pop out pull the head unit straight towards you (you might have to put the car in neutral to get it all the way out).
Volvo radio codes are only obtainable from VOLVO DEALERS, so please don’t post on forums looking for radio codes, its easier for both parties if you just call. Most dealers will give you the code straight over the phone, some will ask you to fax in or show up with a copy of registration and proof of identification (this is what your told to ask for when I was working at a dealer), but either way receiving the code should be free, if the dealer charges for the code, hang up the phone and call another dealer!
Here is the information that the dealer is going to ask for when you call
- Model #- e.g. HU-615
- Vin # of vehicle
- Serial # of radio (removal steps of radio are above)
How do I reset the code?
- If the radio is in the “Code” mode, than you simply use the radio presets to enter the four digit code
- If the radio is in “Off” the follow these steps
- The battery must be connected
- Turn the ignition key to the first position
- The head unit must be turned on
- Make sure all other accessory’s are turned off (such as headlights) to prevent dead battery
- The vehicle has to now sit for 2 hours plus until the radio goes into “Code” mode again
Hopefully this is helpful, and if you have any other questions, PM me or somebody else on the board, do not start your own thread!! Feel free to add any info that I did not metion