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    How to Unlock a swapped CTS stereo console??

    I bought my CTS over a month ago, the CD player was jammed and the dealer was too cheap to buy me a new one under my 30 day warranty, so he swapped it with another 03 CTS he got on the lot a month later...

    They switched them today, and now they are BOTH locked and neither car seems to have the info/code to unlock them....

    How would I go about getting this, and can I do it myself or would I have to take it into see GM??

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    Re: How to Unlock a swapped CTS stereo console??

    take it to cadillac and have them set the right vin to the right radio.

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    Re: How to Unlock a swapped CTS stereo console??

    The dealer ought to know how to do this. He hooks up a Tech2 programmer, and simply clears the VIN from the radio. Once that's done, the next time the radio is turned on, it saves the VIN from the CAN bus into memory, and it's 'married' to the car until the next time it's cleared. It can't be cleared any other way. Any GM dealer will have a Tech2. It doesn't need to be a Cadillac dealer.

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    Re: How to Unlock a swapped CTS stereo console??

    A legitimate dealer is going to want proof of ownership. It's not called a theftlock for nothing.
    Don't mess with Binky Bear!


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    Re: How to Unlock a swapped CTS stereo console??

    The procedure requires the use of a scan tool to clear the theft information and get the radio to learn the new VIN.

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    Re: How to Unlock a swapped CTS stereo console??

    Cool, I'm goin to GM at lunch to get this fixed...THX!!

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    Re: How to Unlock a swapped CTS stereo console??

    Non Cadi dealers might have trouble, but anyone who has ever worked on a CTS radio should know how to do it.

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    Re: How to Unlock a swapped CTS stereo console??

    Quote Originally Posted by dkozloski View Post
    A legitimate dealer is going to want proof of ownership. It's not called a theftlock for nothing.
    I went to GM, they actually fixed it no questions asked...

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    Re: How to Unlock a swapped CTS stereo console??

    Quote Originally Posted by Paco. View Post
    I went to GM, they actually fixed it no questions asked...
    Ain't it great to have an honest face and demeaner!
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    Re: How to Unlock a swapped CTS stereo console??

    Quote Originally Posted by dkozloski View Post
    Ain't it great to have an honest face and demeaner!
    haha...you know it...I wouldnt be such a good salesperson if it werent for that!

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    Re: How to Unlock a swapped CTS stereo console??

    Quote Originally Posted by Paco. View Post
    haha...you know it...I wouldnt be such a good salesperson if it werent for that!

    I know this is an old post but how much did they charge you

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    Re: How to Unlock a swapped CTS stereo console??

    Quote Originally Posted by Brian891 View Post
    I know this is an old post but how much did they charge you
    To VIN a radio to your car? Back then in 07, probably $50. Now it's more like $100.

    But I must ask, what is your reasoning for the question?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kingoftypos

    To VIN a radio to your car? Back then in 07, probably $50. Now it's more like $100.

    But I must ask, what is your reasoning for the question?

    KOT
    I had it done for free. It was a Chevy dealer but they knew how to do it and it didnt take them more than 10 minutes.
    But id consider that pretty rare. I'm sure most dealers would charge you.

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    Re: How to Unlock a swapped CTS stereo console??

    usually about .5-.75 hrs of labor depending on the dealer...ANY GM dealer should be able to do this...It isn't just Cadillac's that have this...

    You can also swap out the motherboard from the old unit into the new one if it is still functional, that is where the VIN data is stored.
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