Skip the auto shop - Our mechanics make house calls

Q: How does the Radio Data System work?

asked by on

How does the Radio Data System work?

Your car is equipped with a pretty advanced audio system. It’s capable of displaying a good deal of information about the stations you’re listening to (when listening to the radio, not a CD). The Radio Data System (RDS) provides this information and here’s how it works:

  1. Press the setup button two times and then press the center of the main selector knob when you’re tuned to an RDS station.

  2. The screen will show the name of the station as well as other information. Press the center of the knob again to turn off this feature.

  3. Choose a music category to explore nearby stations with RDS enabled by pressing the back or play buttons. Seek and skip, as well as scan can be used to choose the station you want.

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: no fuel

I would start by checking power to the fuel pump relay first as this is often times the easiest and least expensive way to determine the cause. If there is power to the relay, then this may suggest that the...

Q: How do I use the manual anti-glare feature on the rear view mirror?

The rear view mirror provides added visibility out of the rear window. However, when driving at night, the headlights from other vehicles can reflect off of your mirror with large amounts of glare, which can decrease your visibility. The rear...

Q: Rock knocked out my AC, is it bad quality?

Honda knows about this condition on the Odyssey model (along with other models) and there is plenty of evidence on this issue. The issue is that a small rock (pebble) is able penetrate the front grille at a sufficient speed...

Related articles

How Long Does a Distributor O Ring Last?
The distributor is part of the ignition system in your vehicle and its purpose is to route high voltage from the ignition coil to the spark plug. The spark plug then...
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...