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1998 vw beetle Radio unlock procedure

I got the code just don't know how to put it in

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Buttons 1234 on the radio with dial in the code (1 for first # 2 for second #, etc...) then if i remember correctly you hit scan or seek and hold it

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Daughter has 1998 beetle, no owners manual the radio is in the safe mode and not coming on vin 3vwbb61c61c6wm010615, how do i get this to work?

Hello Camille, you will need the code for the radio, if you don't have it, look in the trunk, VW likes to hide them in there, under the spare tire. If you can't find it, you will have to get it from the dealer per VIN number. Once you have the code follow this procedure.

1: Turn on the radio, "SAFE" will appear in the display
2: After 3 seconds, the number 1000 will appear in the display.
3: Use the radio station preset buttons 1 to 4 to enter the code number for your radio. Use preset button 1 to enter the first digit in the code number. Use button 2 to enter the second digit, etc. The value range for each of the 4 digits is "0...9". The digit will increase by 1 each time you tap the preset button. The number returns to "0" after "9".
4: After you finish entering the code, press the right side (">") of the SEEK button 10 for longer than 2 seconds until you hear an audible signal.
5: if you`ve entered the code number correctly, "LSM" will appear in the display.
6: Now you are ready to use the radio again.

I hope this information is helpful.


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My battery had to be removed for my 2005 vw beetle. I need the code, but I don't have my manual since I bought my car used. I don't know how to get my radio back up and running....any suggestions?

The code is set at the factory and can't be changed so you'll have to go to VW to get it. Get the instructions for setting it at the same time. Hope this helps.

Apr 13, 2010 | 1998 Volkswagen Beetle

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Need code 4 radio 1998 vw beetle. I replace the battier and now the radio need to be recorded for it to be able to turn on again. Need Help.

in your trunk lift up the floor and on the right side of your spare tire there are two list of numbers on a sticker, the 4 digit number is your code.

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Need code for radio in a 1998 VW Beetle. Have VIN# an radio serial #. Any help will be appreciated.

You will need to inquire from the VW Servive Center. The Dealer is one of the few people that can call in and get the radio code.

First check your Owner's Manual in case a prior owner wrote it down insed the manual. Also look for a sticker inside the spare tire wheel well. For some model years VW placed the code on a sticker and then put it in that location. My daughter has a 98 VW Beetle and we had to inquire of the Service Department. They didn't charge us to obtain the code, and it took less than 5 minutes to obtain.

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98 VW Beetle used-no radio code- I have radio & car serial #'s...

I assume you have this unlocked by now, but here's an answer for someone else for the future :-)
if you have the original radio that come with the car, look in the wheel well in the trunk, where the spare tire goes. (yep, you'll need to stand on your head). there is a sticker that will have the 4-digit code on it.
enter that into the radio.
I can't remember off the top of my head which one it is, but either the >> Scan or the am/fm button will be the "enter key"

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I have the original radio from my '98 Beetle. Don't know what it's worth, have you checked eBay? My name's Frank Goodman, I'm in Nashville--my email is

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