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VW MKIV-A4 TDIs (VE and PD) This is a general discussion about A4/MkIV Jetta (99.5-~2005), Golf(99.5-2006), and New Beetle(98-2006). Both VE and PD engines are covered here.

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Old September 17th, 2018, 22:49   #1
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Default Radio freezing up

Hey guys,

The other day, my radio froze. It lights up, but I can't do anything with it. Only the on/off button works. None of the knobs or buttons do anything. No sound, nothing. It won't work in tape, radio or CD mode. I pulled fuse 42 and left it out overnight. I plugged it back in the following morning and it worked for a few minutes before freezing up again. Any ideas?
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Old September 20th, 2018, 13:04   #2
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This is the stock Monsoon radio in my mark 4 Jetta. Forgot to mention that in the op.
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Old September 22nd, 2018, 14:05   #3
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Sounds like a new or new to you radio. Take a pic of the Vin if you get it from the junkyard.
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Old September 23rd, 2018, 20:30   #4
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There's another fuse in the back of the radio.
If you do pull the radio to get to it you could also unplug the radio for several minutes.
Real long shot.
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Old September 26th, 2018, 20:55   #5
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Soooooo it randomly started working again. I'll take it as an early toll of the death bell. I'll probably just pick up another unit when it gives up the ghost for good.

Thanks guys!
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Old September 28th, 2018, 20:31   #6
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I searched for a clearance deal for years before I found a Kenwood with navigation and an optional Delirious satellite option in clearance at Best Buy.
It's a world of difference from the Monsoon.
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Old November 22nd, 2018, 13:38   #7
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Ok, so the Monsoon kicked the bucked for good. Same symptoms in the original post. I would love to buy an aftermarket radio but I don't want to lose my steering wheel radio control capabilities. Does anyone know of a radio system where I can keep those? What about other accessories like wiring harnesses and mounting frames?

Also, if I decide to simplify things and buy a used Monsoon, I need the vin number of the original car the radio was in and I have to call the dealer with the vin to get the radio code to unlock, right?
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Old November 22nd, 2018, 15:05   #8
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Just touch base with your local dealer to make sure they'll do it. Yes they are supposed to do it. Sometimes dealers just make stuff up just to squeeze the last dollar out of you.
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Old November 22nd, 2018, 20:29   #9
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I think the steering wheel controls will work if it's wired in correctly.
Not positive but I think it uses the can bus to communicate.
Call Crutchfield or scour their web site. https://www.crutchfield.com
I got a 'power injector' for the antenna to keep using the antenna booster from them.
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Old November 23rd, 2018, 07:47   #10
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You can retain steering wheel controls if you buy the correct harness and modules in addition to your aftermarket headunit.

There may be other options but idatalink's Maestro RR is one of them. Crutchfield outlines it pretty well and its a relatively simple install process.

It all depends on how much you want to spend. Some people have been very satisfied with their Chinese android headunits.

I installed a kenwood DNX994S on mine.
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Old November 23rd, 2018, 20:26   #11
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I installed a kenwood DNX994S on mine.
I have the Kenwood DNX571HD.
I'm very happy with it.
Don't have the wheel controls so I never hooked that up.
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Old November 29th, 2018, 17:47   #12
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Also, if I decide to simplify things and buy a used Monsoon, I need the vin number of the original car the radio was in and I have to call the dealer with the vin to get the radio code to unlock, right?[/QUOTE]


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