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Unlock radio in 98 beetle

We just bought a 98 Beetle ... radio is in "safe mode" ... we have the code ... but after you enter it nothing happens ... are we supposed to press some button after entering the code?

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  • Disco85 Aug 22, 2008

    Having the same problem, we have looked for the code an supposedly is in the back of the radio but when the code/s are entered nothing happens if anyone has come up with a solution please notify

  • bashambrosfa Aug 27, 2008

    what is the code, and how do you put it in.

  • stellahazel Sep 04, 2008

    i had to get a new battery. now my radio won't turn on. i have no idea what the code number is! help!

  • mrheatpump Sep 24, 2008

    what is the code? I am trying to help my sister reset her 9 beetle radio. hit me back at mrheatpump@yahoo.com

  • mrazz13 Sep 27, 2008

    safe comes up i have the code when entered radio does not work.

    do i have to any to intered other numbers?

  • Anonymous Jan 02, 2009

    I'm having trouble finding the code. The one near the spare has a zero in the 4 digit code. No zeros on the radio buttons. ??? Also, the same white sticker has a longer number, and the last 4 has a zero.??? Help!

  • cocon422 Jan 16, 2009

    I had a tune up and now the radio is locked in safe mode.

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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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