How to Find Your Acura TL Radio Code

Your car battery died, and your stereo system is asking for an Acura radio code. No worries! Here’s how to get the tunes cranking again.
Written by Kara Vanderbeek
Reviewed by Kathleen Flear
If the battery in your Acura TL was recently disconnected or replaced, you might need to enter the radio code to gain access to your radio system. You can find the code in your glove box, your owner’s manual, or Acura’s online lookup tool. 
When it comes to vehicle ownership, you probably don’t think twice about the many numbers and codes associated with your car—that is, until you need them. If your display screen demands a code to bypass your radio’s security system, you’ve come to the right place.
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Why do I need an Acura radio code?

Picture this: You hop in your
, fasten your seatbelt, and queue up your favorite playlist. You’re about to pull out of your driveway when you notice your radio screen blinking at you, demanding that you enter a “code”. Your radio has never required a code before, so why does it need one now
While it may feel like an annoyance at the time, your radio code is a security measure to deter audio system theft. For example, if your car’s battery died or was replaced, your audio system becomes inoperable until you enter the code. 
This handy theft deterrent is particularly valuable if you don’t have
sound system insurance
. However, it can be frustrating if you don’t know where to find the code. 

How to find your Acura radio code

Fortunately, you don’t need any in-depth automotive knowledge to find your radio code. In some cases, you won’t need the code at all!
Before hunting for the code, try resetting your radio without it. Simply press and hold the power button until your radio restarts. If you’re lucky, this will be all it takes for the system to reboot!
If restarting the system doesn’t work, you must enter the code. Start by checking inside your glove box for the radio code decal on the inside wall of the compartment. If your code is nowhere to be found, you can check the underside of the engine compartment fuse box cover
If you still can’t find the decal, you’ll need to look up the code.

How to look up your Acura radio code

Before looking up the code, you’ll need two other numbers: your Acura's vehicle identification number (VIN) and your radio’s serial number
You can find your radio number in a few different spots:
  • The anti-theft radio identification card in your owner’s manual
  • Your Acura’s maintenance journal
  • On a small sticker located  in your glove box, door jamb, trunk jamb, or on the radio itself 
For 2001 models and later, you can obtain the serial number by turning your ignition on, turning your radio off, and pressing and holding preset buttons 1 and 6. Next, turn on the radio. You should see a U followed by four digits and an L followed by four digits. Ignore the U and L and write down the 8-digit serial number!
Once you have your serial number, you can call Acura Customer Service at (800) 382-2238 to request a new radio code. 
If you have your VIN and device serial number, you can look up your radio online with
Acura's radio code lookup tool
. You can find your 17-digit VIN on:
  • The base of your windshield 
  • Your Acura’s registration
  • Insurance statements
  • Acura Financial Services statement 

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