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96 VW Golf Ignition/Security/Radio

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I'm having a problem with my stock radio and ignition/security in my 1996 Volkswagen Golf. Whenever the key is in the ignition in the HUD/diagnostic position the radio etc. works fine--as soon as I turn the key to "start" the security kicks in and my radio disables and the hud diagnostic lights vanish (check engine, seatbelt, etc.) as if the key were suddenly not in the ignition.

Car runs fine otherwise, but as long as it's running the system behaves as if the keys are not inserted.

I'm not a mechanic but this seems like the sort of thing I should be able to sort out with a screw driver, spare wire and multimeter.

Any pointers appreciated.

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Im guessing either the ignition switch is bad or not enough ground. i found this thread. hope it can help you.

http://forums.vwvortex.com/showthread.php?1661942-Bad-ignition-switch-What-s-the-symptoms

http://forums.vwvortex.com/showthread.php?1236365

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This system can be scanned for faults, you need that scan done to see what is wrong in the electronics, this takes a dealer level scan tool.

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Vw golf 2001 radio code


IMPORTANT NOTE: You must have the security anti-theft code for your VW radio from the car manufacturer, or from a VW dealer!

You can find the radio code at: http://www.radio-code.co.uk/

The sequence of programming for 2001 Volkswagen Golf radio is:
1. Push simultaneous "SCAN" and "RDS" keys until on the screen will appear "1000" displayed.
2. Release keys. No more push on "SCAN" and "RDS" keys because otherwise number "1000" will be considered as first safe code attempt.
For example: we have the security code "5079". Then:
3. By the no.# 1 key you will set up the first safe code digit. Push 5 times on the no.# 1 button. The "5" number will be setted.
4. By the no.# 2 key you will set up the second safe code digit. Push 10 times on the no.# 2 button. The "0" number will be setted.
5. By the no.# 3 key you will set up the third safe code digit. Push 7 times on the no.# 3 button. The "7" number will be setted.
6. By the no.# 4 key you will set up the four-th safe code digit. Push 9 times on the no.# 4 button. The "9" number will be setted.
7. Then push again simultaneous "SCAN" and "RDS" keys for confirm this safe code. On the screen will be displayed "SAFE" notice. Release keys! For few seconds a radio frequence will be displayed. The radio is now ready for use!


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