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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.
Look in the owner's packet in the glovebox. There's a second book specifically for the stereo system. There should be a detachable card in there with a four-digit number on it. That's the radio code. The stereo manual explains how to enter it to unlock the radio. If you don't have that code, you'll need to take the car to the dealership. With proof of ownership of the vehicle, they can look up the code and enter it for you (make sure they write it down for you for future use, and show you how to enter it, since they're going to charge you an hour's labor or so to do this).
I had the exact same problem on my 1998 Audi A4 Quattro Sedan I just purchased. I read a couple of other posts that said to try looking for the radio code in the spare tire compartment in the trunk. Sure enough on the right hand side of the compartment was a information label and on it someone had written the code 1174 in pen. I then left the key in the ignition and the radio on for an hour. Then I pushed the DX and FM1/2 button and the same time until the "1000" number appeared on the display. Then I pushed in the code 1174 using the 1 - 4 tuner buttons. For example the number 1 key I pushed until the number 1 appeared. Then pushed button number 2 until the number 1 appeared, pushed button 3 until the number 7 appeared and button 4 until number 4 appeared. After I had the code 1174 on the display, you again push the DX and FM1/2 button at the same time and the radio unlocked and worked perfectly. I hope that this helps. I have the Delta (Bose) AM/FM Cassette radio in my car. Good Luck!!
You will have to call up an Audi dealership and give them the serial number and your information on the vehicle. There are steps in the manual on how to enter the 4 digit code. It will happen anytime there is a break in the power to the radio.
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.
Turn on the radio. The word "SAFE" appears on the display.
* Press the FM2 and RDS buttons simultaneously and hold them down until "1000" lights up in the display. Release buttons. Do not, under any circumstances, continue holding them down or press them once again. This would cause the radio to consider the number "1000" to be the input code number.
Use stations buttons 1 - 4 to enter the code number on your Radio Card.( THE RADIO CODE SHOULD BE WITH THE OWNERS MANUAL-??) Use button 1 to enter the first digit of the code number, button 2 to enter the second digit, and so on. Station buttons 5 and 6 cannot be used.
* Once the code is shown in the display, press the FM2 and RDS buttons again simultaneously and hold them down until the word "SAFE" appears on the display. Soon afterwards, a frequency will be displayed.
(If you do not have the "Radio Code", the Audi dealer, or someone, will have to pull the radio out to get the serial number off of the back.)
You need the unlock code for your radio (it's an Audi stereo safety feature meant to deter theft). If it isn't in your owner's manual packet, you can get it from the
dealership. You'll need your registration and title, as well as photo
ID. That will prove the car is yours and you are who you say you are.
Your VIN number is on the registration, and the dealer can look up your
radio code based on the VIN of the car. They may charge you something
for doing it (up to an hour's labor).
most of teh times previous owner write the code you need to type on the radio in order to reset it, but if not pull the radioout get the serial umber of the radio and have the vin number ready and then call the dealer service deparmet they shoul be hable to give you the code