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Hi All changed the battery on my 2013 venga and now radio is asking for code.

I've never set one and bought the car from family and they didn't set one either anyone know what to do?
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Its in the handbook how to do this but I've copied it below

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It appears a previous owner has set the code at some point (maybe from new? )
If you don't know it and the "family" don't know it then you'll either need a car audio specialist place or it will need a dealer visit.
 

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Thanks but no code has been set by me or previous owner. Kia don't want to know and just say need to buy new radio! Won't be buying kia again what a stupid system
 

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Thanks but no code has been set by me or previous owner. Kia don't want to know and just say need to buy new radio! Won't be buying kia again what a stupid system
A quick look at some YouTube videos, for a number of Kia and Hyundai car radios, says take the last 4 digits of the radio unit serial number, which is on the underside of the radio (so you have to slide it out), add 1212 to those digits and enter that as the security code.

So if the serial number ends in 0340 add 1212 and 1552 becomes the number to enter.

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Is the previous owner you are in contact with the first owner? ie: has the code been set by a previous "previous" owner and not passed on to the previous owner you are in contact with.
The units come out the factory with security code disabled so at some point during its life "someone" has entered a code and knowingly or unknowingly activated the security code option.

I have to say that I appreciate its an anti theft feature but the Venga radio only fits the Venga due to the dash curvature so isn't swappable with other models. It would need a very specific steal to order thief to bother stealing one of these, especially as they aren't a quick removal either (assuming the thief didn't want to damage the radio).

If you have a local car audio specialist place then they may be worth a try. On my old Nissan (circa 2001), I needed the code (the code card I was given when I bought it was wrong) and dealer said new radio with blank code required but my local audio specialist place were able to extract the existing code.

Also I'm surprised that dealer says new radio as the modern OBD2 connections can often extract details such as radio code. This normally needs the Kia computer or a pro level (ie: expensive!) third party reader.

Just checking on Ebay, I searched Kia Venga Radio and ignoring the usual clutch of Chinese Android units there are a couple of genuine Kia units on there. Obviously if you went this route ask the seller about a code but may be a cheaper option than a new from Kia at megabucks price. Or if not overly concerned about it being a Kia unit, go the Chinese Android route but you will need a wiring loom converter and may lose any steering wheel controls that you have.
 

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Thanks for your reply. The car was brand new when my dad got it and he never set a code and neither did I. I may try some local stereo shops and see what they want to charge. I can only assume that a mechanic or someone thought it would be funny to add a code on at some point
 

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Thanks for your reply. The car was brand new when my dad got it and he never set a code and neither did I. I may try some local stereo shops and see what they want to charge. I can only assume that a mechanic or someone thought it would be funny to add a code on at some point
Have you tried the Serial Number + 1212 solution I posted above? - it seems to work for many Hyundai and Kia models
 
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