How to Use a Sirius Radio in My New Car

By Leonardo R. Grabkowski

Sirius satellite radio is available in many new cars, including Jaguar, Mazda, Ford, Jeep, Chrysler, Dodge, Mercedes-Benz, BMW, Volvo, Volkswagen and Audi vehicles. If your new car has Sirius satellite radio, getting started with and using the radio is simple. Operating the radio isn't much different than operating the standard AM or FM band. You will need to contact Sirius first to activate the radio, if you haven't done so yet.

Crank your new car's engine. Locate the satellite radio button on the radio panel. This may read "Sat," "Sirius," or "Satellite Radio." If you don't see any of the buttons, push the "Band" button until the screen shows "Satellite" or "Sirius."

Turn the "Tune" knob to switch to Sirius channel zero. On this channel, the radio's ESN (electronic serial number) is listed. Write it down. Call Sirius at 1-888-539-7474 to speak with someone to activate the radio. If the radio is already activated, you can skip this.

Turn the "Tune" knob to operate the Sirius satellite radio. The channels are 1 through 130, although you may not have access to all of the channels, depending on your subscription package.

Adjust the volume by turning the "Vol" knob when you arrive at the station to which you want to listen.