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RE: Question re: Radio security codes

My Bentley shows a VAG or Snap-On (prolly worth $122.50) tool to
maintain radio codes that consists of a cigarette lighter plug like any
that you would power a 12v accessory with attached to a 9v battery (the
one with snaps on the end). Seems if you run 9v into the cigarette
lighter rather than pulling 12v from it, the radio doesn't get
lobotomized. Not sure of polarity, picture in Bentley doesn't show.

You can get your radio de-coded at the, gulp, dealer.


Ian Duff, 1990 Coupe quattro 20v, Red/Black

Home: New Bedford, MA, USA
Work: Charter Systems, Inc., Waltham, MA, USA

>From: 	Jeff Loh[SMTP:jeff.loh@fluordaniel.com]
>Sent: 	Tuesday, 17 September, 1996 01:38 PM
>To: 	quattro@coimbra.ans.net
>Subject: 	Question re: Radio security codes
>     If anyone has ever worked on VW/Audi stereos with the factory 
>     coded security system, they'd know my predicament.
>     I bought my 80Q used from a dealer, but none of the papers that 
>     came with the car had the code, can I successfully reprogram the
>     radio or does it mean a trip to the dealer?
>     I want to know because I plan to disconnect the battery and do 
>     some simple maintenance work on the car, but don't want to screw
>     up the radio in the process.
>     I suppose the last resort would be to grovel and pay them to do
>     5 minute job.
>     /J
>     80Q in need of a battery cleaning.