Skip the auto shop - Our mechanics make house calls

Q: Battery died, now radio and lights won't work

asked by on

My battery died, and then the radio stopped working on my 2001 Honda Accord. How can I fix the radio? Also, the light in the radio box does not work anymore. I am not sure if it is a problem with the fuse, or some other problem. Where can I find the code, and how do I fix the light? I already replaced the battery.

When your battery died, so did the power to your radio. This activated an anti-theft feature built into your radio, which puts the radio into a "safe mode" every time power is removed from the radio. This could also be the cause of your radio light not working. Unlocking this safe mode requires you to put in a security code which was provided in the owners manual when the car was originally purchased. Ideally you can find the safe code in the owners manual of the vehicle, though it may have been misplaced over the years. If this is the case, you will need to remove the radio and use the serial number and VIN to obtain the security code from the dealer. If you’re not up to this task yourself, you can reach out to a professional, such as one available from YourMechanic, to get your radio working.

Was this answer helpful?

Need advice from certified mechanic? Get help now!

Over 1000 mechanics are ready to answer your question.
The statements expressed above are only for informational purposes and should be independently verified. Please see our terms of service for more details

Ask a Mechanic
(100% Free)

Have a car question? Get free advice from our top-rated mechanics.

Ask A Mechanic
Over 10,000 questions answered!

Get an instant quote for your car

Our certified mechanics come to you ・Backed by 12-month, 12,000-mile guarantee・Fair and transparent pricing

Get a quote

What others are asking

Q: Battery keeps getting drained on a 1990 Mazda Miata

The first thing you'd want to do is have your alternator checked. It could be that the alternator is not charging the battery. It sounds pretty typical to me. If it's not that, you have a really bad wiring harness...

Q: Various signal faults displays at once. PSM, ABS, AWD overload, Brake, brake diatribution

Hello. Since all the modules lost power, they may need to have the low voltage codes cleared from memory. Have the vehicle scanned and cleared of codes in all modules. Then let the engine run at idle for several minutes...

Q: Water in the tail light which rusted sockets

The warning lights for the bulbs are very sensitive, as they look for the proper resistance in the tail light and brake light bulbs. When water gets into the tail light housing like this, it generally means the tail light...

Related articles

How Do Power Car Windows Increase Passenger Safety?
Power windows are responsible for approximately 2,000 emergency room visits every year. When a power window closes, it exerts enough force to bruise or break bones, crush fingers, or restrict an airway. Though...
Rules of the Road For Iowa Drivers
Driving on the roads requires knowledge of the rules, many of which are based on common sense and courtesy. However, even though you know the rules in...
What are the Car Pool Rules in Hawaii?
Hawaii is widely regarded as a land of vacation and relaxation, and as such, its scenic roads and routes are far better known than the state’s freeways. But, as with all...