Philips 22DC259/62 (often fitted to Renault inc. Laguna, Megane, Clio & Scenic)

> Removing your radio and checking the details
> Entering the code we send
> What if it's locked me out?

Although written for the Philips 22DC259 series, much of what follows will apply to several other radios.

You will need to find the serial number or six digit 'security code' from the label on the chassis of the radio, so the first thing is to pull the radio from the dashboard enough to be able to read the label. You will need a pair of car radio removal keys. These 'prong keys' are inserted into the holes on either side of the radio. When inserted as far as they seem to go, apply slight outward pressure on the keys (this has the effect of pushing the inner locking clips in towards the radio) then draw the radio out. If the clips inside have released, it should slide free without much effort.

In most cases with this model, we will need the six digit 'security code' similar to TOT654 (three letters and three numbers, but sometimes shown as two letters and three numbers on the end of a longer number, like 7700533948TT654). If in any doubt, simply send us all that you find on there.

After we have sent you your unlock code, switch the radio on - the radio will show CODE on the display. You will need to use the stereo system's steering wheel controls to enter the code we've supplied.

Locate this or a similarly marked button on the steering wheel stalk control (the stalks vary from car to car but Renault use the same button icon). We'll call this the ENTRY key. Press this key then select the first number of the code using the thumbwheel selector on the stalk - the selected number shows on the display. Press the ENTRY key to accept it.

Repeat the process for each of the next three numbers (selecting the number using the thumbwheel and pressing the ENTRY key to accept it).
After you have entered the last number of the code, check the full code is now shown correctly on the display and, if correct, accept it by pressing and holding the ENTRY key for a few seconds until the radio bursts into life.

If you made a mistake, press the ENTRY key again briefly and it will return to the first number, then repeat the whole process again.

General Note on temporary Lock-Out

Many models of radio have an automatic 'temporary lock' feature that will lock out any further code entry attempts if too many are attempted. The screen will often display 'WAIT'. For this reason, do not try to guess the code, and enter the code we send you carefully. Most radios will exit the temporary lock state after an hour or so of leaving the radio powered on, sometimes up to 2 hours.

In some cases, further unsuccessful attempts will cause the radio to permanently lock, and in those cases only a physical reset of the code (on a service workbench) will get it going again. So avoid tapping in lots of guessed codes.