How to Find a 2006 Acura MDX Radio Code

Looking for the 2006 Acura MDX radio code? Begin by looking inside your glove box.
Written by Matthew Lynaugh
Reviewed by Kathleen Flear
To find the 2006 Acura MDX radio code, start by looking inside your glove box or underneath the engine compartment fuse box cover for the radio code decal. If you can’t find the decal, you’ll need to use a combination of your VIN and radio serial number to access the code.
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Why your 2006 Acura MDX needs a radio code

Car radio theft was a very common occurrence years ago, which is why the radio code was developed and implemented. If your radio is ever disconnected, it will need a code in order to turn back on. This acts as a deterrent to prevent people from stealing them since a radio that won’t turn on holds very little value.
Although the radio code was created to protect its owner, it can turn out to be a humongous hassle for the driver when the mysterious “CODE” warning pops up on your radio. If you’re one of the many who never knew this code existed, we know all the places to look so you can find it.

How to find your 2006 Acura MDX radio code

Finding your radio code is a fairly simple process once you know where to look. There are multiple ways to retrieve your MDX radio code, so you’ll have backup plans if one method doesn’t work for you.
Start by looking inside your glove box for a decal with the five-digit radio code. If you can’t find it there, check to see if the decal is on the underside of your engine compartment fuse box. If you still can’t find it, look in your owner’s manual for the anti-theft radio identification card.

How to look up a 2006 Acura MDX radio code

What if you can’t locate the radio code decal anywhere, and you lost your owner’s manual? You can get your radio code with your
vehicle identification number (VIN)
and radio serial number. These numbers are long and impossible to memorize, so make sure you have a pen and paper ready.
Your VIN will be a 17-digit code found at the following places: the base of your windshield, your insurance card, and your registration documents
Next, you’ll need your radio’s serial number, which can be found on the radio itself. Start by turning the ignition switch to “on” and then turning your radio on, so you see the “CODE” warning. Then, turn off the radio and press and hold the preset one and six buttons while turning the radio back on
Now you should see a series of numbers following the letter “U,” and another series following the letter “L.” You can ignore the letters, and just jot down the numbers
Once you have both the VIN and serial number written down, you can finally unlock the most important number: the 2006 Acura MDX radio code. There are a few ways you can access it:
  • Input the numbers in Acura’s
    code retrieval tool
  • Call (800) 382-2238
  • Bring your MDX into an Acura service center

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