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1997 jetta will not start. the battery has been disconnected and charged. Is it true that when the power has been disconnected that there are some security steps to go through before the car can be started. Maybe something to do with the door locks or something? Thanks, Rob

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My 99 vw jetta battery dies and the door is lock while the battery is disconnected... how do i get the door open to put new battery in???

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    Take a 20lb sledge hammer and trash that hunk of metal

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All vw MUST be reset after battery dies/changed.put key in door,unlock/hold key over 30 secs(windows go down)then lock/hold key over 30 secs(windows go up/sunroof closes)then press unlock button on remote for 30 secs......RESET DONE......(try this for fun....sit in car after turning off engine/remove key,drivers door keypad is still live(until you open door)ALSO when engine is running lower any window and then raise up with fingers in top of door,the window will rollback.(if you do it once it hurts..twice it really hurts..three times it traps your hand in.)ALL THIS is NOT in the handbook.......

Posted on Nov 08, 2010

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    make shure that the key you are using is a computer programed key or it wont stay running

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