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I just installed a gm factory stereo in my 06 Colorado, it

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I just installed a gm factory stereo in my 06 Colorado , it worked when I put it in but then after I took the key out, the next time I started the car the radio was locked
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Chevy
Expert:  Gary replied 1 year ago.

I am sorry your having this problem

this is NOT the original radio out of this truck ? a used one from another truck ?

was it programmed to your trucks VIN number once installed ?

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
No I didn't know how to
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Can we do that now
Expert:  Gary replied 1 year ago.

Ok no Problem i just needed to ask that is all

these radios now since @ 2004 range and newer for theft reasons are programmed with a scan tool with the programming for your cars VIN number

the radio once plugged in talks to the other computers and they all check each others VIN number programming

since the VIN number programmed in this radio you installed does NOT match the truck that is why it is locked

I am sorry to say the ONLY way to unlock this radio where it will work fine in your truck is a shop with programming software and a programming scan tool need to program the radio while it is in your truck to your trucks VIN number

there is NO way around this at all

most honest shops can do this for you for 1/2 labor charge worse case

like a said any shop with programming capabilities it does NOT have the be the GM dealer to do this

Expert:  Gary replied 1 year ago.

how are you making out ?

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