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My radio does not work anymore after the alarm was set off twice

The radio displays the word safe I have tried what the manual said but still no results

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What year and model. The radio is locked out. If the radio is written safe get a battery charger on it turn the radio on (preferrably key on and handbrake to shut off the lights) to make sure the radio doesn't shut off. Next leave it on about an hour or an hour and a half or until the display changes to 4 digits. Enter the code then and follow your manual nad the radio will be ok. You just need that 4 digit code. If you don't have it you need to pull the radio out and get the serial number and your vin to get it from VW.

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