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Why is the media screen on my 2015 Toyota LandCruiser Prado now in Japanese?

Asked by Kalinda

I replaced the battery of my 2015 Toyota LandCruiser Prado and, when I started the engine, the radio system has gone and there is a message on the screen that I can't understand; it’s in Japanese.

Answered by CarsGuide

22 Aug 2020 David Morley

Disconnecting the battery to change it means that power to the stereo system was lost for the duration of that procedure. It’s not uncommon to have to re-code the stereo to make it all work again, so that sounds like what you need to do. The code for the stereo will be a multi-digit number and is often recorded in the owner’s manual or the handbook for the stereo itself.

The odd thing is that the codes are often stored in this manner, because ironically, the code system was originally used to combat stereo theft from parked cars. If the crooks couldn’t code the stereo to work after they’d pinched it, there was no point stealing it in the first place. Which kind of makes storing the code in the glovebox a bit of a joke. If you can’t find the code, a Toyota dealer should be able to take the vehicle’s VIN and tell you the code from that.

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