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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 02-19-2008, 11:46 AM Thread Starter
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Honda Error Code 3

Hey All,
Does anybody know if the code error on the 1800 Wing is the same as a Honda van.
The battery in the 2004 Honda Odyssey van went dead (winter here,-15 today),the dome lite was left on over night .
AAA auto service came out and jump started the van.
I get a Code Error 3 on the radio & the radio doesn't work.
Can't get the van inside to check fuses .............that would be the first place to start ,I'd say
Any body ran into this problem?
Has anyone looked this up in Mitchell ,Chilton or ect. manuals ?

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post #2 of 7 (permalink) Old 02-19-2008, 11:56 AM
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Honda radios have a 5 digit code that must be entered when the vehicle looses power or you disconnect the battery. It is an radio anti-theft device of sorts.

Look in your glovebox for a sticker with a code on it. Usually on the outside left when you open it up. The owners manual should have the procedure for entering the code. You use the front number select keys to enter it.

Be careful though, cause once ten attempts are made without the correct code being entered the system locks itself up and will not accept any code.

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What Fed said.

In addition, the card with the radio code is usually plastic like a credit card, and if you cant find it, your Honda dealer will have a record of it. Not sure if only the selling dealer has it, or if any dealer can access the code via the VIN.

If you have the Honda nav system in your Odyssey, you'll also need the activation code for that too.


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Having a radio lock up - anti-theft feature - is a very common problem with today's vehicles (as you just found out). It can happen any time the battery is discharged, replaced, or simply unhooked to perform repairs. In addition, certain computer systems used now, primarily the engine and transmission management ones, have a feature built into them called "adaptive learning". As you operate the vehicle over time the computers "learn" driving habits, sensor wear, etc and the Ecm makes minor corrections to compensate. Loss of battery connection for any reason causes the ECM to lose its keep-alive memory and these settings. When the battery is reconnected the system reverts to the factory settings until it relearns. During that process the engine may surge at idle, stumble on acceleration, even tend to stall.

A simple work around for all of these problems is to buy a cheap device commonly sold as a memory saver. It is simply a 9 volt battery attached to a accessory plug. Stick it in your power outlet or cigarette lighter and enough voltage will be maintained while you have the battery disconnected that these problems can be avoided. You will also keep all of the station presets in your radio from going south.

These are available at most parts stores and can certainly prevent some headaches.


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Check the rear hatch also - I have an 2001 CRV and mine is back there just open it up and look - if not go to dealership and they can help you

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post #6 of 7 (permalink) Old 02-19-2008, 09:30 PM
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If you bought the van new they should have given you a card with your radio code on it. If you can not find your code # you will have to take it to a honda car dealer and they will have to pull the radio out and get the serial# off the radio and call honda to get you a code. And yes they will probley charge you to pull the radio and reinstall it. When you get the code write it down as you will need it anytime the radio loses it power supply.

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post #7 of 7 (permalink) Old 02-20-2008, 08:55 AM Thread Starter
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Thank You all...............
It's -15 to -18 today,Wind Chill -30

Fred ,Thanks for the DVD's................... Time to watch them and dream about being in tha garage ...................Servicing the Wing,in the hot sun,with a Sam Adams
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