where to find activation code for radio/replaced battery on 2000 VW Beetle

Asked by Apr 14, 2015 at 07:07 PM about the 2000 Volkswagen Beetle GLS 2.0

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

read that you need the code for anti-theft radio when replacing battery.  Car won't start or
even turn over.  Help

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You mean the radio doesn't work now that you've replaced the battery? Originally, there was a card with the four digit code printed on it in the owners manual. If you don't have that, a VW dealer can get the code with the radio's individual ID number, which is a ten digit number usually beginning VWZ... along with the car's VIN number-- the 17 digit chassis number of your particular car. The parts dept will help with this. I have found that you can replace the battery while the car is running(do so at your own risk!) so the code isn't erased, or there are tools which will temporarily provide battery current through the car's cigarette lighter while you have the battery disconnected. Once you have the code, write it down someplace safe like on the radio body itself with a sharpie.

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