March 17, 2009

Volvo Radio Codes Explained

Radio Codes

Volvo radios have a theft-proof system that freezes the radio if power is interrupted. It was designed that way to prevent theft of the radio. The downside is your radio will be locked if you disconnect the battery for any reason, or if the battery dies.

When you restore power, it will say ‘CODE‘ on the display. This is your cue to find the easily misplaced credit-card lookalikes that have your radio’s code written on it. New Volvo owners got two, I believe.

Store Your Code Here

Once you get your code, store it here on this site so you’ll always know where it is.

How to Reset the Radio

  • When the radio displays CODE, you may enter the code using the preset radio station buttons
  • For instance, my number is 1615, so when I get the CODE on the radio’s display, I press the radio preset button 1, then the radio preset button 6, then the radio preset button 1, then the radio preset button 5.
  • If your radio says OFF, leave the ignition on in the first position for 2 1/2 to 3 hours in order for it to display CODE. In certain models you can clear the OFF state by pulling the fuse for the radio (#7 in my car). That’s a bit simpler than leaving the ignition in the first position for a couple of hours — particularly if you don’t have a garage.

The four-digit code is unique to your radio; your neighbor’s code will not work on your radio. So what to do if you’ve misplaced, or never received, the white card, like most people?

Dealers have your radio code in a database, and can look it up. Many will give you the code over the phone if you’ve lost your card. You can call any Volvo dealer: they all have the same computer system to look up your Volvo radio code.

Sometimes the code is written on the radio itself. But you have to pull the radio out (not hard) to see it.

Other dealers will have you drive to their lot and speak to them in person. Because the dealer will need to read off the radio’s serial number to cross-reference it with the unique code, bring your radio, and your Volvo. Some reportedly charge US$10-$100 for this. Hmmmmm. I suppose dealers can choose to charge for this, and we can choose to not go back, right?


Don’t intentionally break the flow of power (disconnect the battery) from the radio unless you have the code.

If you have the code write it down in several locations. Don’t keep any of them in the car, although Volvo radios having much value on the black market is questionable.

If you don’t have the code, call the dealer to ask what they need from you. Don’t pay the dealer any money for the code! If they want money, hang up and call another.

Tags anti-theft, CODE, Volvo Radio Codes
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219 responses to “Volvo Radio Codes Explained”

  1. carl says:

    hi i need a code for my 2003 volvo s40

  2. Beladam says:

    need code v40 1.9 d 2003

    RADIO HU-605
    SN: VO3480 56015015

  3. Mike says:

    I need a code for SC-700 (Volvo 850) VO0920 H6131120D
    VIN: YV1LW5102v2291009

    Please help, thanks

  4. Huronda says:

    Just call any Volvo dealer ship and ask to speak to someone in the service dept. Tell them your situation also give them the VIN # and they will be more than glad to accommodate you with the code to unlock your radio….IT WORKED FOR ME :) NOW I AM ALL TUNES AGAIN !!!!

  5. süleyman says:

    ben 1996 model 850 turbo ald?m ama kodunu bulam?yorum bana yard?mc? olrsan?z sevinirim 3533535
    B50819024B teyp in üzerinde yazan kodu lütfen bir rica yard?m ?imdiden te?ekürler

  6. Lauri Hämäläinen says:

    Volvo 850 T5 1994 Serial no. B40220087K. Thanks

  7. Charles Nyirongo says:

    I bought a used Volvo V40 with a CD Volvo HU-635 from Japan. The power was interrupted in Tanzania. It demands for a radio input code 1***. The Vin # is YV1VW-29692F807289

  8. Russell Boullineau says:

    Hi there

    Please help i haverecentl purchased a volve S40 and I have been to the dealership and they have given me a incorrect radio code and urgently require my music

    Vin no:YV1VS37691L755055

  9. Charles Nyirongo says:

    I bought a used Volvo Model number V40 with an audio system that is non functional because it was tempered when changing the battery. The Audio system serial number is VO21OO 15295162J. Its VIN number is YVIVW-29692F807289. PLEASE ASSIST ME WITH THE CODE.

  10. Matthew says:

    Got a 2000 S40 for my son, till the battery died. Now I have this dumb radio thing. The radio is now saying Off after failing to enter a correct code. I will not call VOLVO for anything. Feel this is sham. Really people are running around stealing Volvo radios? really? Wonder when that EVER happened. Not going to leave the ignition on for hours just ridiculous!

    The best fix for this is to REPLACE the radio.

  11. Jerry says:

    Hello, please provide me with radio code for V70 SC 816: V01610X0281254H. Thank you!

  12. Mike Griffith says:


    I need the code for my 2001 S40 the VIN # is YV1VS29541F756286 the radio ser# is V02470 2128E109L hope you can help me.
    Thank you

  13. Rick Sherman says:

    Vin. YV1LZ56DXY2734519



  14. Kyle says:

    Leave the ign switch on so the radio has power and turned on. It takes 2 hours of constant power and the radio will reset back to the code setting.

  15. Derek Hans says:


    I’m looking for my radio code for my 1998 Volvo S70 SLT.
    My Radio Serial # is. V08170V6209028A

    I really hope you can help
    Thank you.

  16. Samson says:

    please help with radio code. VIN YVIVS-17K91F750732 Radio serial no. VO2100 Y2515100D. Please help?

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  19. Jesse Diaz says:

    this is the dumbest thing ever. For real, who da hell thought of putting a code in the radio -____-

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