2001 Volkswagen Passat fuses

Tiny
ZEEPOGO
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  • 2001 VOLKSWAGEN PASSAT
  • 100,000 MILES
The radio doesn't work. I don't have a user's manual. Just got the car today and would like to have the radio working. I am hoping that it's just a fuse but don't know which fuse to check. I'd like a diagram that tells me which fuses go to what. Also the little thing on the rear view mirror that I think says the temperature is not working. I'm less concerned about that. Thank you for any help in this.
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Wednesday, September 25th, 2013 AT 7:47 PM

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Tiny
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If that's an original VW radio, you're tied to the dealership. If a fuse is blown for the memory circuit, or the battery is disconnected for any reason or run dead, you will have to enter the unlock code. If you don't know it, you may need to replace the radio. Nice way to design a car to trick owners, huh?

What is the symptom? "Doesn't work" can mean a lot of different things. There will be two fuses, even for aftermarket radios, and the memory fuse is usually not labeled as such. The circuit is tied in with another circuit that may also be dead. Common circuits are the horn, cigarette lighter, and most often, interior lights.
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Thursday, September 26th, 2013 AT 12:04 AM
Tiny
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The fuse panel is on the side of the dash. Open the door and remove the side cover.

There should be a "fuse card" in the cover with pictures of items for each fuse. Look for a symbol of a radio and then
check the fuse in that location as documented in that fuse card.

A simple google search for "passat fuse Panel" will show you what I mean.

All the modules talk to one another. Once power is restored to the radio, the radio should not ask for a code, since the radio
is recognized by the other modules and vice versa.

Thomas
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Friday, September 27th, 2013 AT 5:43 PM

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