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To unlock your VW factory radio from "SAFE" mode, you will need to enter the radio code. Typically, the code is written on a radio card included with the documentation for the vehicle when the car is first sold.
If you don't have the code, or have lost it, you can retrieve it by visiting your VW dealer. You will need the car's VIN number and the serial number of the radio (located on the body of the radio).
The procedure to enter the code is as follows:
Press the "MODE" and "SCAN" buttons simultaneously and hold
them until "1000" appears on the radio display. Release the buttons as
soon as this number appears.
Refer to your Radio Card and use the station preset buttons ("1",
"2", "3" and "4") to input the code. Press the "1" button repeatedly to input the
first digit, the "2" button to input the second digit, etc.
Press and hold the "MODE" and "SCAN" buttons simultaneously until "SAFE" appears again. Release, and the radio should be unlocked.
Do not enter the wrong code more than three times, or the radio will lock itself. Note the dealer can also enter the code for you (they may charge a small fee).
The radio goes in safe mode when the battery gets disconnected, or if for some reason the radio lost power connection.
To get the radio out of safe mode you will need the anti theft code.
This is available with car documentation, in first page of the in car entertainment booklet, or on first page of the car booklet (not the car manual).
Once you have got the code, do the following:
Hold down both the AM/FM and the SCAN button at the same time, until the display shows "1000".
Use the buttons 1,2,3,4 to change each of the digits until you get displayed the same code as printed on documentation (ensure that it is the right one).
On some radio (programmable models), the default code is "1111" or "1234".
Press and hold the AM/FM and SCAN buttons again until the radio is starting.
If you fail twice the code, the radio will lock up in safe mode, and you won't be able to enter the code again.
If the radio is locked, or if the code is lost, the unlock can be done at the nearest car dealer, usually for a small fee, or for free.
The radio usually goes into safe mode when the power to the radio is interrupted. You will need to know the radio "code" in oreder to re-program the radio. The code may either be found in your owner's manual if it was written there, or by going to the VW dealer. he will need the serial number for the radio (found on the rear of the radio) and the VIN number for your car. In some years the radio code was also put on a sticker inside the trunl by the spare tire, but maybe not in 1998.
hold rbds and pscan till you see numbers then use the radio memory buttons to control the number you want to put in after the numbers are put in hold rbds pscan again till u see it says safe and radio works.
Hey.. i just had the same thing happen... bought a 1994 Jetta.. radio in safe mode... so i went online and found out.. hold scan mode and the arrows after your preset station button.. then after like 3 secs or so you'll see " 000" on the display.. use the preset buttons.. 1,2,3, and 4 to change the display to enter your code :D if you lost your code go to VW dealer and pull radio out and see service center .. carry VIN code in as well and they can look up your code.. takes like 5 mins and is FREE,,, man i love that word :D
I accidentally tossed out my 1993 Audi 100CS radio code
when getting rid of junk in the glovebox.
After changing my headgasket on the motor we reconnected the battery supply & found the radio on SAFE mode.