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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235 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 -____-

  20. Noz Dixon says:

    I need a code for my radio, on the front it has sc813
    the serial number is v01030 w3039011d , and there’s another number on it and that number is 3533741-1 , thanks

  21. Andrew says:

    I have the 4 digit code for the original 480 volvo radio. Also only have preset keys 1-4
    How on earth do I get the numbers over 4 and enter them. There is no enter key and I have tried everything to no avail. Duh!!!

  22. SHENG-KAI,YOU(justin) says:


    I need the code for my 2002 S40 the VIN # is YV1VS29693F929145 the radio ser# is V03450 25145101 hope you can help me.

  23. james says:

    I have a 2000 spec Volvo V40 2.0 with a HU-605 head unit and i don’t have the code. My serial number is V02080 Y7219001A
    Any information regarding the code would be much apperciated

  24. Nancy Bailey says:

    The dealership gave me the code and it doesn’t work. Radio serial # is VO2390Y2555233

  25. Alberto says:

    Hello i just bought my 2002 volvo at a auction its asking me for the code can you please out the serial V02470 2102E120L thank you so much you are truly of great help

  26. Andres Tomingas says:

    I bought a used Volvo Model number S40 with an audio system that is non functional because it was tempered when changing the battery. The Audio system serial number is VO069O V0229101C. Its VIN number is YV1VS1623WF178968. PLEASE ASSIST ME WITH THE CODE.

  27. Sandy says:

    please help me…my 850 audio is lock because i pull out the battery…my serial number is B50630254M…

    Thank you so much

  28. Maya says:

    hi ca yo help me Volvo V 40 2002 serial number is V2008010255230N

  29. Adolfo says:

    I need help
    VIN. YVIVW1345WF
    Radio sc 805 serie W2149228D
    Thank you

  30. Brian says:


    I have a 2005 XC90. I removed thr CD player for repair plugged it in with the radio, started the car but the radio will no turn on. Do I have to leave the ignition for two hours before it will turn on?

    Thanks for your help!

  31. seno says:

    i need v40 1999g.ser.vo2130x503e010g

  32. steve says:

    Did you people not read the blog posting at the top of the page? Call a Volvo dealer!!

  33. Brian Davis says:

    Need radio code for 93 volvo 240
    Vin #YV1AS8806P1487513

  34. leticia nunez says:

    Hi I have a few questions I just bought a new vehicle well its new to me but it’s a used one. The radio says code and I accidentally put in the wrong code 3 times or more and now it says off and won’t come off so what do I do I have unplugged it and it still don’t change it so I need help in figuring out what to do

  35. yerri spears says:

    I need a radio code for a 2004 volvo xc90 awd crossover t2.5

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