I'm resurrecting this thread because the radio in my daughter's car started acting this same way. I don't know what incident occurred to get it this way, but I am not getting any error codes on my ECS V-Checker Pro diagnostic tool. The tool allows me to do an output test on the radio which makes a deep bass 'blat' after which the radio will function until the car is shut off again. Can anybody provide a suggestion on what adaptation might need to be made (or corrected) to solve this issue? I wish I had a Bentley manual, but I'm trying to get the car in shape to sell, so spending 100 bucks on a manual just doesn't make sense. Thanks in advance!Anyone know why that we can't hear the radio or change channels? I thought it just needed safe code but I don't think that's it. Just had car worked on and figured it was where battery was unhooked. Any suggestions?? Help!
I can confirm that this trick work. After the battery died on my 2000 beetle. The radio showed 88.3 and wouldn’t move. I unplugged the radio fuse # 10. The radio display went dead, but the red antitheft light kept flashing as if it still had power. Pulling fuse # 42 for a minute apparently killed all the power to the radio and anti-theft circuit . I waited a minute and put the fuse back in and it did the trick. I did not need to enter the radio code. Thank you so much.If the radio is stuck on 88.3 mhz then it just needs to be reset. I have a 2000 beetle and this happened when my battery went bad. To fix the problem you need to start the car and turn the radio on. Then pull out fuse #42 which is the 3rd one up from bottom right. Fuse box is on left side of dash. Pull out fuse for at least 30 seconds and then put back in. Turn radio on and it will come up 88.3 mhz but now you should have sound and be able to change stations. If not then try repeating with car turned to acc instead of starting it.