Our Hard-Coded Radio Service

Please be clear, for many of the listed models we DO NOT offer to supply the exact unlock code for your radio. We supply information that will enable you to physically reset the radio to a code we will give you, if you're confident, reasonably handy and careful with a soldering iron. However, in some cases (the Alpine CM5905 in BMW for example) it is necessary only to remove the top cover of the radio and take a couple of pictures and we can calculate the code, but please first read the notes above on which units need soldering skills.


Our service is personal, not automated. We often need to provide additional assistance on these which can be time consuming, but our help comes at our normal price of £7.95. However, we do not offer any refund in the event that you are unable to unlock the radio for whatever reason; please be clear on this.


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What Customers Have Said

Thank you a lot for swift reply and, what's more important, the right answer. The code is Ok and the radio works again. (Jiri - Alpine CM5905 in BMW E24 635Csi)

Bit of a challenge with a wood burner and exacto knife, and my bumbling soldering skills, but got it done and the radio works perfectly. Thanks very much for your help. (John - 1995 BMW 540i with Alpine CM5903L)

Kevin, that worked like a champ! Thanks again! (Mike Wagner - Blaupunkt Boston SQR49)

Kevin, tried to fix the radio today....and it totally worked!! This is awesome! Thanks so much! (Jim Paris - Blaupunkt Malibu CR42)

It worked! Thank you so much! (Michael Montijo - Alpine CM5907 in 1987 BMW 325e)

Code & Radio Removal tips for solder tagged 'Hard-Coded' Radios

In many cases, the radio code is set according to which of several pairs of tags/pins are soldered (joined). The codes of these radios cannot be decoded using software, and any database of the codes that may have existed is long gone. In many cases these old radios remain of value if fitted to a classic, collectable or show car that the owner wants to keep as 'standard'. We have information that may allow you to reconfigure the tags/pins to set a new code.


This will require involvement from your side - at least to remove the cover of the radio to get a photo of the circuit board inside. In many cases you or someone will need to be able to use a soldering iron to resolder/reset the tags/pins - we cannot offer to do this.


You will need to pull the radio from the dashboard to read the model number and in order to remove the lid of the casing to check the current tag configuration (or configuration of the diodes used in some models) and send us a picture - you may want to do this after we send some information to you, as we include pictures of the PCB to enable you to find the tag board. Some of these radios can be fiddly to remove, requiring that you first remove one or more trim-plates or small plastic panels to reveal screws that need to be released, but others will more simply need extraction keys inserted into the visible holes/slots in the front facia.


PLEASE NOTE: If you are not comfortable opening up the unit and using a soldering iron, we strongly recommend that you take the unit to a car radio service agent to avoid damaging the circuit board.


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Our Radio Codes Service is Safe, Personal and Helps You Cut Through the Confusion

There are several Instant radio code recovery services online and that's fine if you know exactly what to do and what numbers to use. Our service is staffed by a real person who checks the details you send through, will ask if we need to know something more, and is on hand to help if you hit any issues when you go to enter the code we've supplied. And our prices are still every bit as competitive as the robot sites.

Some radios and sat-navs cannot be decoded easily, but you can waste time and money trying to find someone to do it 'quick and easy'. We'll save you the frustration by simply being honest with you, and in those situations we tell you your options rather than leave you to desperately trawl around the Internet.

The higher profile online radio decoders are generally trustworthy but that's not always the case with some others, so be wary. Also, we strongly recommend to avoid downloading free software that promises to work out your code - these little apps often carry a virus and don't do what they claim. It simply isn't worth the risk.