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Re: unlock radio in 98 beetle
I've had this happen twice when the battery died. It goes into the SAFE 2 mode if you try entering it and don't do it right and then you have to leave the radio on for 1 1/2 hours to have it come on to 1000 and then set it with each number one at a time and then hold down right reset until he beeps on. So, if you are discouraged as I was, the answer is to leave it on with the SAFE showing for over an hour and it probably will come on with the 1000 for setting eventually.
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I SOLVED MY PROBLEM WITH MY RADIO , WHEN IT READS (SAFE) , HIT PROGRAM BUTTON , THEN NUMBERS 1000 SHOWS UP, THEN PUNCH IN CODE # FOR YOUR RADIO, AND THEN HOLD RIGHT SIDE OF SEEK BUTTON DOWN FOR ABOUT 2 SECONDS , THEN YER ROCKIN , HA,HA, ENTER THE WRONG CODE MORE THAN 2 TIMES AND YOU GOTTA WAIT FOR AN HOUR FOR THE UNIT TO UNLOCK , SO YOU CAN TRY AGAIN , BUT THE WHOLE THING TAKES 5 SECONDS
yes buy a copy of radio unlocker on ebay, it will be emailed to u.
install on computer.
enter radio serial number and it tells you the code. providing its never been changed, happens rarely. cost about £5
Your radio is most likely in "safe mode", an anti-theft feature. There's a 4-digit code that will need to be entered in order to get the radio operational. The code may be on a label inside the spare tire well in your trunk (some years). Otherwise the code can be obtained from the VW dealer with the car's VIN number and serial number from your radio.
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"
OK do you have the radio in your hands? IF not you have to remove it using the special tools slotted to unlock it and pull it out. The radio serial is etched into it but you have to remove it to see. With this and the car's serial and proof of ownership VW can get the radio code for you. Or they'd be happy to remove it for you as well and get the other info themselves.