Philips 22RC200/35 (often fitted to Citroen cars and vans)
Philips 22RC200/65 (often fitted to Peugeot cars and vans)
> Removing your radio and checking the details
> Entering the code we send
> What if it's locked me out?
Although written for the Philips 22RC200 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.
These RC200 models span the time when the decoding method changed, so the easy way is to simply send us all the numbers you see on the chassis and we will do the rest. For older models we need the serial number, but for later models we use the code that looks something like TOH885 (three letters and three numbers, but sometimes shown as two letters and three numbers on the end of a longer number, like 7700533948TH885). 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 - it should show CODE on the display followed by four 'dashes' ---- to show it is ready to take the code.
Enter the supplied code using the radio station preset keys (1-6).
After entering the last number of the code, the radio should automatically unlock.
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 unusual 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.