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To unlock your VW factory radio from "SAFE" mode, you will need to enter the radio code. Typically, the code is written on a radio card included with the documentation for the vehicle when the car is first sold.
If you don't have the code, or have lost it, you can retrieve it by visiting your VW dealer. You will need the car's VIN number and the serial number of the radio (located on the body of the radio).
The procedure to enter the code is as follows:
Press the "MODE" and "SCAN" buttons simultaneously and hold
them until "1000" appears on the radio display. Release the buttons as
soon as this number appears.
Refer to your Radio Card and use the station preset buttons ("1",
"2", "3" and "4") to input the code. Press the "1" button repeatedly to input the
first digit, the "2" button to input the second digit, etc.
Press and hold the "MODE" and "SCAN" buttons simultaneously until "SAFE" appears again. Release, and the radio should be unlocked.
Do not enter the wrong code more than three times, or the radio will lock itself. Note the dealer can also enter the code for you (they may charge a small fee).
You need to remove the radio back up fuse for at least 2 minutes (yeah, I
know they say 30 seconds, but it hasn't always worked for me), then
reinstall the fuse. It should show 1000 or something similar on the
digital display. You need to have the 4 digit code to unlock the radio
and depress a couple of buttons after entering the code.
Remember that you push the radio pre-set station buttons to enter the
code; button 1 for the first digit, button 2 for the second digit and so
on. You will then need to push another button on your radio to enter
the code. The button that you need to push will depend on which type
radio you have.
If you don't have the radio code, look on the trunk floor to see if the
radio serial number or code for the radio is there. If the PDI was done
correctly and the radio wasn't replaced, then there should be a sticker
on the trunk floor area with the serial number of the radio and/or the
code. If it isn't there, then the radio needs to be removed from the
vehicle to see the code that is stamped into the metal body of the
radio. This plus the VIN number are input into the VW information
system (done at the dealership only) to obtain the radio code.
The instructions for inputing the code should be in the owners manual or
radio suppliment as supplied by VW, when the vehicle was sold new. If
you have the code but aren't sure about how to input the code, see the
local dealership, they can do it on the driveway in a manner of a few
If the radio requires to be pulled to obtain the code, expect to pay
between .5 to 1.0 of labour at the dealership's posted labour rate to
obtain the code and input it into the radio to make it function. They used to do it for free until they ended
up doing something 10 or more of these a day, because everyone else was
charging up to $120! to unlock and programme the radio!
1st you need the radio's security code (get this from the dealer) and then you must provide the make, model and year of car to get further help with inputing the code into the radio from us here at Fixya..
Turn on the radio and the display will show 'CODE' Use the Steering Wheel RemoteControls for code entry. Press the [ ¬] button then rotate the thumb wheel for the correct
first digit Press the [ ¬] button then rotate the thumb wheel for the correct
second digit Press the [ ¬] button then rotate the thumb wheel for the correct
third digit Press the [ ¬] button then rotate the thumb wheel for the correct
fourth digit If the correct code is now shown on screen, press and hold the [ ¬] button for up to 10 seconds to store the
NORAMALLY ON START UP YOU NEED TO PUT THE CODE IF YOU HAVE IT IN USING THE RADIO PRESET NUMBER PAD, OR SOME ODD UNITS YOU TURNED THE DIAL TO CHANGE THE NUMBERS AND PRESS FUNC BUTTON TO ENTER. IF YOU ATTEMPT MORE THAN 3 TIMES I THINK IT LOCKS OUT FOR AN HOUR OR SO
If an audio unit with theft protection is disconnected from electrical power, you must enter a unique code number into the unit or it will not work. This code and the audio unit’s serial number are listed on the anti-theft ID card that comes with the vehicle (some people say that they find it on a sticker in the glove compartment, but I wouldn't count on that). If this card is lost, you must obtain the audio unit serial number in order to get the radio code. Some newer vehicles allow you to retrieve the audio unit serial number electronically from the radio. Refer to your owner’s manual for the specific procedure (the following usually will work: Turn the radio off. Push the preset 1, preset 6, and power buttons at the same time, then quickly release. The code will come up to two sets of numbers) Once you have the audio unit serial number, you can call Auto Customer Service at (800) 999-1009 or have the dealer look up the radio code.
look in your owners manual there should be a card with the unlock code on it if you don't have it you can get it from the dealer. use the numbers on the radio face to input the code and it should unlock.
if you do not have original anti-theft radio code you will need to remove radio and retrieve s/n off of radio. once you have that you can go into nearest honda dealer and with s/n they can give you correct radio code