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Battery run down--jump start and nothing will happen. It has juice to it. is there a reset when battery goes dead?

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ALL VW need an alarm/immobilser reset after battery is changed/goes flat.key in boot or drivers door,if you dont have the book get back (so i can get 4stars/feedback).

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