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Postby sharmella@ yahoo.com » 29 Sep 2003, 01:13

I recently purchased a 1998 volvo s70. Every time I put the radio on , the words "OFF" appears. What are the steps to enter the code into the radio in order for it to work? Please help.

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Postby Tsquared » 29 Sep 2003, 02:02

In the owners maunel you should have a card with the radio code on it.

The radio will only display EEE or OFF when the wrong code has been entered and the radio is locked depending on model - this is due to the battery being disconnected and the incorrect radio code being entered 3 times. You will neet to reset the radio. To do this the radio has to be on for either 2 or 4 hours - see the manual for your model. If you got the code from a card from Volvo, and it didn't work, then the radio has been changed or it has been reset by the dealer and your current code is invalid. You will have to pull the radio and find the serial & model number, and get Volvo to look up the code for that radio or the dealer may be able to lookup the radio code via vin# from Volvo. The dealer can reset the radio and enter a new code. When the radio is "ready" to accept an unlock code the display will say "codE". You will need this code if your battery is ever disconnected.
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Postby Dr. Seuss » 20 Nov 2003, 14:04

so what exactly does one do when entering the audio systems number?

does one hold any buttons? what type of power should be available ( should the key be in accessories position or car on)?

please inform. 8D
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Postby Eraser » 31 Dec 2003, 17:40

We own a 1998 Volvo V70 T5 Wagon. The Battery was disconnected for service and now with the code from the dealer we cannot get the radio out
of CODE mode. Dealers have informed me they cannot reset the radio and
recode it. Is this true or are they trying to get us to buy a new radio?

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Postby matthew1 » 31 Dec 2003, 22:15

I've never heard of a radio being re-coded. This doesn't mean it can't happen :).

Call another dealer and ask for your radio's code.

This whole radio code thing is so much more trouble than it's ever been worth to Volvo owners... it's designed to keep theives away. But what theif would steal a (double height mind you) Volvo radio? The young punks want cool aftermarket radios like Alpine/Blaupunkt/Sony etc. I know, I was once one :? .
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Postby Tsquared » 01 Jan 2004, 00:00

A Volvo radio can be re-coded. While my 850 was in warrenty the battery was disconnected during service and the code did not work. The dealer removed the head unit and plugged it into a computer where they re-programed the code. The radio serial number is required to pull the code from Volvo.

Find another dealer - one that is interested in helping you, not helping themselves to your $$.

The radio code should be in the dealers database provided by Volvo. When a radio is re-coded the dealer submitts an update to the database so that if it is needed in the future any other dealer with access to the database can pull the code with the serial number of the radio.
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Postby asquared » 06 Jan 2004, 13:40

To Tsquared,

My radio is showing the OFF message as well. You mention that it needs to be on for 2 to 4 hours before it may be reset. Does this mean that the radio needs to have power flowing to it or that the car needs to be on with the radio on at the same time for that period?
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Postby Tsquared » 06 Jan 2004, 18:41

The radio needs to be on with the car on (I am not sure if will work in the ACC key position) for the 2 to 4 hour period. I have driven arround for a week the time that I put in the old code an had to reset it. The other option would be to visit the local Volvo delaership and get it rest.
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Postby Liz » 16 Jan 2004, 14:13

My radio didn't work after getting a new battery. And I didn't have the code as I bought the car used.
Any Volvo dealership can get the code; they need your VIN number and the radio serial number. The radio itself pops out pretty easily and the serial number is right on top. Volvo of N. America won't release the code directly to the consumer; only to an authorized dealership. It's a four digit code.
I had the unfortunate experience of being told I had to buy a new radio "because there's no code for it". The dealership wanted me to spend $230.00 then and there. Fortunately, I ain't that dumb. :wink:
I drove to ANOTHER dealership who had the code in two minutes flat and at no charge.
Talk about music to your ears.
Keep that code in a safe place; I also ended up writing it on the radio itself. Nobody wants to steal this radio, believe me, and it is incredibly easy to just pop it out of the dash.
Beware of any dealer that gives you a BS line about no codes or recoding. They are trying to steal your $$$$.
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Postby MacD » 18 Sep 2006, 02:28

I purchased a replacement radio for my daughter's 850. I actually took the radio into the Volvo dealer and he looked up the code for me. Works like a champ
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1998 S70 code stopped working

Postby sadpuppy » 22 Sep 2006, 17:54

I just want to tell you all what happened to me:

I bought my S70 from a Volvo dealership in 1998. I replaced the battery once a few years ago and the code that came with the car worked fine to restart the radio. I also got into a fender-bender a few years ago that required me to use the code again after the repairs were finished. Worked fine again.

Recently I had to replace the battery again. This time when I entered the code, I was suprised to see "EEEE" on the display. I figured I put it in wrong, so tried again, and again, and then it said "OFF" of course. Unable to believe this was happening and assuming the mistake must be mine, I tried again after waiting 2 hours for "CODE" to come back up, and promptly struck out again.

I can't believe this. I don't always take my car to a Volvo dealer since I don't live near one, and this latest time my new battery was installed I didn't either. All I know is, somehow the code got changed. Sigh. I'll try calling the dealership with my VIN number when I can, but somehow I'm not too optimistic my road trip this weekend will involve music. It's just so strange that this happened!
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Re: 1998 S70 code stopped working

Postby JRL » 23 Sep 2006, 00:49

sadpuppy wrote:I just want to tell you all what happened to me:
All I know is, somehow the code got changed. Sigh. I'll try calling the dealership with my VIN number when I can, but somehow I'm not too optimistic my road trip this weekend will involve music. It's just so strange that this happened!

Again, the VIN does you no good. PULL the radio, on the top is the serial number.
Any (Volvo) parts dept worth their soul can get the code for it in 1 minute flat.
If THAT code doesn't work, don't know what to tell you
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Radio removal 850 1995

Postby Superjew » 15 Jul 2007, 14:35

I have the same problem. Any idea how to remove the radio from a 1995 850 so that Ican see the serial number?
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Re: 1998 S70 code stopped working

Postby JRL » 15 Jul 2007, 15:01

sadpuppy wrote:I just want to tell you all what happened to me:


All I know is, somehow the code got changed. Sigh. I'll try calling the dealership with my VIN number when I can, but somehow I'm not too optimistic my road trip this weekend will involve music. It's just so strange that this happened!

The VIN has nothing to so with it unless it's THE ORIGINAL RADIO
oterwise you have to go by the serial numbers.
I had one that took a couple of tries at the dealer. Apparanty there are a couple of way to find the right code so if the 1st code doesn't work, they have to get it another way, but IT CAN BE GOTTEN by a good parts person
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