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How Do I Reset My Car Stereo?

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Reset your car stereo under the following conditions:

  • Before you operate your car stereo for the first time.
  • After you replace the car battery.
  • After your change the connections or wiring.
  • If your car stereo malfunctions.

WARNING! There's a risk of data loss. Performing a the RESET procedure will erase the clock settings and some stored content.

Some models don't have a reset button. Check your manual for model-specific information.

Devices with a Reset Button

  1. Remove the faceplate from your car stereo.
  2. Press the RESET button on the front panel using a pointed object, such as ball-point pen.


  • These steps are for the in-dash car stereo receivers that have removable faceplates and may vary slightly based on your specific model number.
  • For car stereos that have Bluetooth® wireless features, it would be necessary to perform the BT Initialize procedure to completely reset it.

Devices without a Reset Button

  1. On the front panel of your car stereo, press the SOURCE/OFF button for more than two seconds.
  2. Turn on your car stereo.