Have radio code, need more...

I've reset this radio before no problem, but not this time.
It's a 98 Jetta GL 2.slow. I was too lazy to go inside and get the
number, thought I could remember it, put wrong code in. Now says '2 Safe'. Googling, I found where it said to press key combo Mode+Scan to reset. My radio doesn't have a 'Mode' button. I tried other buttons, no go. It's the original radio, Clarion I believe. After a battery disconnect I tried to enter the code from memory a couple of times, and now it says "2 Safe". After getting the right code which I've used before, I tried disconnecting the battery for about 24 hrs and pulling the radio Fuse for about a week, it still won't even allow me to enter the code, just say's "2 Safe". Did I kill it?
I guess my real question is: Can I put in a Pioneer or something? Is the alarm system or anything else dependant upon that original radio being there?
Thanks, Les
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To reset the safe mode you need to leave the ignition turned on for about an hour. For your other question, you absolutely can put an after-market radio in without causing any problems IF it is installed correctly. A lot of the wiring kits you can buy injects 12V into the communications line which causes the scan tool to not be able to communicate.
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I've reset this radio before no problem, but not this time.
It's a 98 Jetta GL 2.slow. I was too lazy to go inside and get the number, thought I could remember it, put wrong code in. Now says '2 Safe'. Googling, I found where it said to press key combo Mode+Scan to reset. My radio doesn't have a 'Mode' button. I tried other buttons, no go. It's the original radio, Clarion I believe. After a battery disconnect I tried to enter the code from memory a couple of times, and now it says "2 Safe". After getting the right code which I've used before, I tried disconnecting the battery for about 24 hrs and pulling the radio Fuse for about a week, it still won't even allow me to enter the code, just say's "2 Safe". Did I kill it?
I guess my real question is: Can I put in a Pioneer or something? Is the alarm system or anything else dependant upon that original radio being there?
Thanks, Les
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LG wrote:

Thanks, that worked, Les
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