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Q: What are the various satellite radio trouble codes that might be displayed and what do they mean?

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What are the various satellite radio trouble codes that might be displayed and what do they mean?

Your car’s satellite radio can display a number of different codes and messages to help you understand what it’s doing (or not doing, as may be the case). Here are the most common messages and what they mean:

  • Acquiring: This message means the radio is still acquiring satellite signal. It should clear soon and the station should play normally.

  • Sat Fault: This message means that there’s an internal malfunction or system failure occurring. If it doesn’t disappear soon, or after turning on and off the engine, have the radio inspected.

  • Invalid Chnl: This means that the channel you’re trying to access isn’t available anymore. You’ll need to tune to another. SIRIUS routinely updates its channel lineup.

  • Unsubscribed: This means that you don’t have access to a particular channel (it requires a subscription). You’ll need to contact SIRIUS to subscribe.

  • No Text: This means that there’s no information available about the artist, song, or category currently playing on the station.

  • No Signal: This means the satellite signal is being blocked. Usually, this is because of a physical obstruction, such as a tunnel, a tall building, a metal roof over the car or something similar.

  • Updating: This means that SIRIUS is updating your channel selection. It should take about three minutes or so.

  • Call SIRIUS: Your satellite radio subscription is no longer active, and service has been turned off. Call SIRIUS to reactivate your account.

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