2001 Volkswagen Jetta battery/radio/clock

The battery in my 2001 Volkswagen Jetta, 4 cylinder, 2.0L, died this week. I purchased a compatible battery from a local auto shop and replaced it. The car starts up fine and runs the same as it did before the battery died. However, a few other problems popped up. The radio now doesn’t work at all. The 2001 Jetta has a safeguard feature that requires the radio to be “unlocked” after the battery is replaced – but nothing shows up on the screen at all. I checked fuses (that I believe are) associated with the radio, but can’t find one that is blown. I took many fuses out and put them back in, with no avail.

Also, the clock and the digital trip odometer do not stay set. For instance, I set the clock and when I turn off the car and then turn it on again, it returns to 12:00 and the trip meter is back to 0.0. If I turn the car off for just a few seconds and restart, the numbers stay. But if I wait more than 30 seconds and restart, all is lost.

I thought that this could be an alternator problem. But I followed an alternator test (taking the negative electrode off the battery for more than a minute and the engine continued to run), and it worked fine.

Ever heard of anything like this? Any suggestions for me to fix it myself? I’m at a loss...

Thanks for any help you can provide!
Wednesday, August 23rd, 2006 AT 9:00 PM

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I just purchased a 2001 Jetta and have the same issues with the radio, and the clock on the dash board. I made a key to remove the radio and there was a small 10Amp fuse in the back of the radio that was popped. You may want to check that.

It appears in my case that the drink holder that is above the radio and CD player allowed drinks to drip down into the radio inside the dash so I am going to replace it with a new radio. You can make the keys yourself, the radio slides right out. Also, as you stated there is a safety feature and the radio needs a code that I do not have. I have read online that the dealer can provide the code at a cost.

I have not been able to figure out the clock issue yet. The car came with no owners manual, so I am finding all my info online.
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Saturday, April 10th, 2010 AT 9:52 AM

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