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Bettle 2000. 2.0L

I am trying to change the battery on my wifes Beetle and can not get the old one out. Could you tell me how to remove the old one please.

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Regarding the radio problem, there are a few things that have to be reset after disconnecting the battery, according to the manual. The following is supposed to happen:

  • The digital clock goes out and needs to be reset.
  • The factory installed radio locks up. This is a "Safety" feature meant to thwart theft. (I hate all safety features, even card door locks!!! I find I lose my key more than people want to get into my car...).
  • The one-touch-up and one-touch-down functions of the=power windows will no longer work.
According to the manual, here is how to fix this stuff:

Left button hour, right is minute. Straightforward.
To go from 12h to 24h mode, switch off the engine, and hold both buttons down together for at least 3 seconds.
(to change from Farenheit to Celcius display,switch ON the engine, and hold both buttons down together for at least 3 seconds).

Follow this procedure:
  • Make sure all doors and windows are completely closed
  • Lock the vehicle manually using the driver's door
  • Unlock the vehicle manually using the driver's door
  • Turn the key to the lock position a second time and hold the key in that position for at least one second
I know this seems ridiculous, but it's directly out of the owner's manual.

First, the electrical systems are so unreliable on these bugs, that I have had SAFE appear on the display a few times, only to have the radio start right up when I reconnect the battery terminals. It's not supposed to do so. I've also had the car keep running when the key's pulled out of the ignition, so....

The most important thing you need is the code number. The code number and serial number of your radio are provided to the original owner of the vehicle. Typically, they are given a "radio card" as part of the literature that comes with the owner's manual, and there are sticker's attached to that card which give the security code. In my case, the dealer handed me a flimsy half sheet of notepaper which I then stuffed into the pocket of the owner's manual, so clearly, the standardized method can vary.
If you don't have the code number, I suggest you doing some internet searches for how to thwart the safety code -- someone must have figured it out. There might be something they can do at a dealer, too (perhaps they can reset the number in the computer).
If you have your owner's manual, look through it really carefully, it's probably written down somewhere on some piece of paper, or on one of the chapters or something.

Here is the procedure:
  • Turn on the radio. "SAFE" will appear in the display.
  • Afeter 3 seconds, the number 1000 will appear in the display.
  • Use the radio station preset buttons 1 to 4 to enter the code number. Use the first preset button to enter the first digit and the second preset button to enter the second digit, etc. The valid range for each digit is 0..9. The value of each digit will increase each time you press the button.
  • After you finish entering the code, press the right side ">" of the SEEK button 8 for longer than 2 seconds until you hear an audible signal.
  • If you've entered the code nubmer correctly "LSM" will appear.
  • If you've entered the code number incorrectly "SAFE" will appear. You can repeat the procedure ONE time, but if the wrong number is entered again, en the unit will be disabled for about 1 hour. LEAVE THE KEY IN THE IGNITION SWITCH FOR THIS HOUR. After the hour has elapsed, the number of attempts will stop being displayed in teh unit (so you can tell that you can start again).

Posted on Sep 20, 2008

  • annsera Sep 21, 2008

    OK, I just took out the battery in my car and the setup was a tad different than described in loprestis' post. The battery is held in by two plates which the battery sits on but which grab onto grooves in the base of the battery. One plate is in the front bottom of the battery and another is in the back. You do have to remove the air filter box directly behind the battery, Because in order to gain access to the 13mm screw that holds down the plate, and mostly, in order to tip the battery back and forth to release the plate from the groove on the battery.

    So, that is what is really holding down the battery. It wasn't 2 screws in the back that go into the battery at all, in my case. It was a plate in the front and the back that rested in grooves in the battery.

    The whole process is really irritating and took me far more time than it should have. I also lost a 13 mm socket in the engine somewhere!


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We just replaced our battery in 2000 vw beetle. I had had to remove top cover of the battery, remove entire air filter box and then there are two bolts that attach to the cover that goes onto the battery - on back side of battery where you removed the air box filter. Remove these two bolts and you should be able to remove the battery but you have to remove it by pulling it towards the back of the car.

You put this question in on July 17 - Hoping you have figured it out by now? Curious to know though - did you have a problem with your radio after you changed the battery??? please email us at and let us know. We cannot get our radio to come back on.

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