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Just wanted to post a link that contains the info on TSB 91-02-01 for the problem that 2002 models have with the radio "dying" for no apparent reason.
I still see this question pop up frequently and hope the moderators will add the info provided in the link below to the Car/Audio FAQ's.
Pulling fuse #42 for 10 seconds and reseating it will power up the HU again, but the problem is a software glitch in the HU and it usually happens again.
If it happens, the best thing to do is take it to the dealer without reseating the fuse, so it can be documented. THE DEALER SHOULD REPLACE THE HU ACCORDING TO THE TSB!
http://forums.tdiclub.com/show...Forum
 

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After about 2 years of owning my car, this actually happened to me yesterday! The alarm LED on the radio was still blinking, but the buttons and display did not light up with the dash lights and the unit appeared 'dead' .... the fuse trick did do the job, but I think I'm going to investigate the TSB further.
Thanks for the knowledge and advice!
 

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Re: Info about 2002 "Dead Radio Syndrome" (MaryP)

I just picked up a 2002 GTi yesterday and the previous owner made me aware of this happening. The good news though is that he already made arrangements with the dealer and the replacement is waiting to be installed. Woohoo!
 

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same thing here..... my HU in myn2002 gti radio just died yesterday (saturday May 8). calling dealer monday AM to tell them to replace the HU. My brother who also has an 02 GTI already had his replaced a few months ago too....
 

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Re: Info about 2002 "Dead Radio Syndrome" (MaryP)

Thank you, everyone. My radio/cd died yesterday. Though my TDI is only 2 years old, I thought to myself - well, things happen - and started looking for a replacement. Then I thought that this just can't be right and checked in here. Thanks for taking the time to relate your experiences here.
Yesterday: http://forums.vwvortex.com/zer...89459#
Today: http://forums.vwvortex.com/zer...89459#
 

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Re: Info about 2002 "Dead Radio Syndrome" (MaryP)

My radio died today, and the fuse trick worked well. I called VW, and spoke to someone who was well aware of the problem, she just said the next time it happens to bring it in, and they will give me a new one. They told me they have seen many of these, and wouldn't think twice about replacing it, they just have to see it dead to replace it. So like it stated above, and what I didn't listen to, was DO NOT FIX IT, Bring it to the dealer. Thanks to all who posted this problem/fix. I'm going on a road trip tomorrow morning, and could not live without a radio for the 6 hour drive.
 

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Re: Info about 2002 "Dead Radio Syndrome" (CharlieGTI)

Mine was replaced...and it wasn't even dead when I brought it in. I just told them that it died every few months and they swapped it out http://****************.com/smile/emthup.gif
 

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Re: Info about 2002 "Dead Radio Syndrome" (DubberNix)

It just happened to me today, glad there was a post about it, now i have my tunes back, does anyone know if this still happens if you have an aftermarket radio installed?
 

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Re: Info about 2002 "Dead Radio Syndrome" (kintetaylor)

When your HU dies does it simply not turn on at all? My sisters 02 displays doesn't work but displays an error message saying "CHECK". Is that the same issue you guys are having?
 

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Re: Info about 2002 "Dead Radio Syndrome" (BigA)

what happened to me was that there was no power what so ever to the HU, I pressed all the buttons and nothing happened, the security led didnt even blink, pulling the fuse fixed it though
 

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Re: Info about 2002 "Dead Radio Syndrome" (G-Shock)

what's going on... I tried tha trick and it did not work for me. unfortunetly i don't have any warranty.. I guess i'm screwed huh?? or is there anything else I can do for now?

Modified by ReDGTI2EnVy at 11:26 PM 3-16-2006


Modified by ReDGTI2EnVy at 1:43 PM 6-24-2006
 

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Re: Info about 2002 "Dead Radio Syndrome" (MaryP)

what is fuse 42 responsible for? just power to the hu?
Is the problem in the HU itself?
 

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Re: Info about 2002 "Dead Radio Syndrome" (bsdaemon)

wow, thaks for the info. i was really thinking of just buying a dvd player
...mines died 3 hours ago.great info http://****************.com/smile/emthup.gif http://****************.com/smile/emthup.gif
 
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