How do I get the radio to "safe" mode?

Asked by Sep 26, 2007 at 10:40 AM about the 2003 Volkswagen Jetta GL 2.0

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

I just had the battery replaced in my 2003 Jetta, and the radio is stuck on 88.3 FM.  I have the code but cannot get into safe mode to enter it.  How do I get to safe mode???

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Hi apassehl, Try to press and hold the SEEK and SCAN buttons simultaneosly until "1000" lights up in the display. Then use the station buttons 1 to 4 to input your code. 1 to input the first digit, 2 to input the second, and so on. After the code is entered, press and hold the SEEK and SCAN buttons again until "SAFE" reappears. Hope this helps!

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Thanks. I've tried that as well as removing the fuse and nothing has worked! Tonight I will try disconnecting the battery to see if that resets the radio... I'll try your method once more though and will report back with what works.

I have a similar problem I can't get the display to read 1000 I have a 2003 Jetta gli .

i had the same problem , what i did was turn the car off but leave the key in ignition, then switch key back to on postion but do not turn the car turn on , then power off the radio take key out repeat process and it should work when u turn the car on

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