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I have a 2002 Acura TL that wouldn't start the other day, but after receiving a jump it turned over. I later found out the problem was not my battery but the positive cable connection. After having the connector replaced, the radio went into defense mode and now needs to have the security code entered before it will come back online. My only problem is the manufacturer's code doesn't work and I only get 10 tries (already use 5) before it prevents me from entering any more codes for 1hr.

I called an Acura dealer (not where I purchased it) and they tried to back door me in, but that didn't work. I was told it has something to do with the radio not accepting the signal because it has been programmed to receive the signal through a previously vacant radio station. Now I'm told I need to spend $90 for Acura to take out my radio and pull out the antenna so it will "reset" and accept my code. They did however verify that my code is correct. My concern is two-fold: 1) What happens when I have to replace the battery? Would I have to pay another $90 to resolve the issue?; 2) Why should I pay $90 for what seems to be a design flaw?

If anyone has ever encountered this issue and can provide me with a cost-free solution, if possible, I'd really appreciate it.
 

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I had the same problem and the dealer recommended I try one more thing before I paid for any work to be done. He suggested I find a parking garage that went below ground (so it wasn't open on the sides). I tried it with the codes and it worked.

Don't know where you live, but try and find a garage and it might work.
 

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Take the left panel off the one next to the radio and disconnect the antenna from the radio and them with the antenna disconnected insert the code afther you with hear a beep that confirm that the process is succesfull
 

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I had a similar problem with my TL. I got the correct code from the dealer, however when I entered it in it didn't work. I tried it numerous of times but it still gave me the error code. So I went somewhere with no connection (like an underground parking lot), punched in the numbers and it worked for me! Hope this helped.
 
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