The security code is a 4 digit number generated by the radio company. Once the radio is installed into the original vehicle, that number is assigned to the VIN #. Each time that the ignition is powered up, the PCM sends the VIN to the cluster which then sends it to the radio. If the VIN matches the VIN that is stored in the radio's memory then the radio will turn on. If not then the radio will not power up.
When a person buys a radio without the code, they will take the radio, vehicle, and receipt for the radio to the dealer where the service or parts department can retrieve the code. At this time they will delete the original VIN and apply the new VIN to the system. This way if in the future you lose the code, they will see that you're VIN is the one that belongs to the radio.
Instructions for retrieving the code:
Steps to getting the radio security code
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Radio Anti-Theft Codes
2012 (JK) Jeep Wrangler
2012 (JC) Journey
2012 (LD) Charger
2012 (LX) 300
2012 (LC) Dodge Challenger
2012 (KK) Jeep Liberty
2012 (LX) Chrysler 300
) Chrysler 200/Dodge Avenger
2012 (MK) Jeep Compass/Patriot
2012 (PM) Caliber
2012 (WK) Jeep Cherokee
2012 (WD) Dodge Durango
2012 (DS) Ram 1500 PICKUP
2012 (DJ) Ram 2500 PICKUP
2012 (DD) Ram 3500 CAB CHASSIS
2012 (D2) Ram 3500 PICKUP
2012 (DP) 4500/5500 CAB CHASSIS
2012 (DD) (MEXICO) REG CAB CHASSIS
Starting in 2012 model year radios will come equipped with an anti-theft feature. Once a
radio is installed in a vehicle, it learns the vehicle’s VIN and cannot be used in another
vehicle unless an anti-theft code is applied.
August 20, 2011
PROCEDURE TO OBTAIN ANTI-THEFT CODE:
1. Call 1-800-448-0944
2. Request anti-theft code.
3. State dealer code.
4. State radio serial number.
5. State VIN
6. The 4-digit anti-theft code will be provided.
NOTE: Radio anti-theft code call center support is available from 8:00 am to 8:00 pm
Eastern Time Monday through Friday.
RADIO ANTI-THEFT CODE PROCEDURE
1. Ignition in the run position.
2. Press the ON/VOL control.
3. The word
Please enter Anti-Theft Code
will appear on the display.
4. Enter the 4-digit code by pressing the corresponding preset buttons in sequence.
NOTE: If three successive attempts are made to enter an invalid anti-theft code the
radio will enter a ‘WAIT’ state. While in this state the radio display will read
‘WAIT’. To exit the ‘WAIT’ state the radio must remain powered with the
ignition in the run position for a continuous 30 minutes (the vehicle may be
driven during this time). After exiting the ‘WAIT’ state the radio will again
display ‘CODE’ and a valid anti-theft code may be entered.