Skip the auto shop - Our mechanics make house calls

Q: What is the satellite radio electronic serial number and why do I need it?

asked by on

What is the satellite radio electronic serial number and why do I need it?

A: While AM and FM stations are free to listen...

While AM and FM stations are free to listen to, satellite radio (SIRIUS) is a paid service. In order to receive signal after the initial trial period is over, you’ll need to enroll with SIRIUS Radio. To do that, you’ll need to provide them with your satellite radio electronic serial number, or ESN.

The ESN is 12-digits long, and it’s sort of like your Social Security number or your car’s VIN. You can find it by following these steps:

  1. Turn the key to on.
  2. Turn the radio on.
  3. Press the SIRIUS button.
  4. Press the AUX and the first Preset button at the same time.
  5. The ESN should scroll across the screen.
  6. Write it down.

Use the ESN to modify or start a new service agreement with SIRIUS.

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・Save up to 30%

Get a quote

What others are asking

Q: How do I change the radio settings?

Listening to the radio is a great way to pass the time when driving. The radio in your vehicle can be customized to meet your listening preferences and provide a better listening experience. To change the Radio Settings. Press...

Q: How do I use the radio?

Listening to the radio makes the time more enjoyable when you’re traveling, especially on long trips. Press the Power button on the left side of the radio display to turn on the radio. Turn the Power button to the...

Q: What does the channel lockout menu on the satellite radio do?

Your car’s satellite radio system offers you a world of different entertainment options. However, not all of it is rated for all ages. You may find that you want to lockout certain channels so that they can only be accessed...

Related articles

What Causes Hoses to Leak?
While the largest part of your engine is mechanical, hydraulics plays a significant role. You’ll find fluids at work in a number of different areas. Your car's fluids include: Engine oil Transmission...
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...
P0052 OBD-II Trouble Code: HO2S Heater Control Circuit High (Bank 2 Sensor 1)
P0052 code definition HO2S Heater Control Circuit High (Bank 2 Sensor 1) What the P0052 code means This code is seen when the Engine Control Module (ECM) tries to control the...