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> The code for the radio in my recently acquired 98 XC70 is written in
> permanent marker by someone who serviced the car in the past right on the
> radio chassis! Kind of defeated the purpose of having an antitheft code in
> the radio, but seriously, how much of a risk is there of someone ripping off
> a double sized stock Volvo radio in the first place?
> Chris Bowne
> Stonington, CT
> 98 V70XC 110K
There are so many reasons to disconnect the battery or remove the radio
on late model cars that just about every tech that has to waste an hour
finding a radio code the first time will write it on the chassis for
next time. Ex: Change out the battery, replace the shift position sensor
(remove battery and battery tray for access), cruise control repair
(tubing leak under the battery tray), ECC panel repair (slide out the
radio for access), SRS repairs (disconnect the battery), clutch or
transmission replacement...the list goes on and on. Unless the owner has
left the code card in the glove box wallet, it literally takes an hour
to have people do the dance and jump through all the hoops to get back
to you with the code that as in this case may or may not work.
Unfortunately, Volvo hasn't seen fit to provide a tool or procedure to
retrieve the code prior to dropping memory current to the unit. So the
act isn't as altruistic as it seems to the owner who discovers that his
radio code is written on the unit. It's because whoever worked on the
car understands the odds are good that they will see that car again and
have the battery off or out for something else.
The goal when driving is to miss the maximum number of objects.