Article ID : 00170899 / Last Modified : 11/04/2018

How do I reset the car stereo?

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The car stereo receivers will need to be reset under the following conditions:

  • Before operating the unit for the first time.
  • After replacing the car battery.
  • After changing connections and/or wiring.
  • If you have a malfunction with the car stereo.

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

IMPORTANT: If model-specific information is needed to complete these steps, refer to the instructions supplied with the product.

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


  • 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 (BT) wireless features, it would be necessary to perform the BT Initialize procedure to completely reset it.