How to Remove The Radio in a 2002 VW Beetle TDI


Insert the grip hook key marked with the letter "L" in the slot on the left-hand side of the radio (See Figure 1-1).


Insert the grip hook key marked with the letter "R" in the slot on the right-hand side of the radio (See Figure 1-2).


Check that the grip keys (left and right) are fully engaged in the tracks of each slot (Figure 1-3).


Using the forefingers, pull the grip hooks forward toward the body and remove radio from console (See Figure 1-4)


Remove the power connectors and antenna connector (See Figure 1-5).


After the connectors have been unplugged, check for bent connector pins before reinstalling the radio (See Figure 1-6).


To remove the grip hook keys from their slots, insert a small flat-blade screwdriver or paper clip in the release tab on the back of the radio (See Figure 1-7).


Reinstall the radio in the dash console reversing the steps from which it was removed.

Tips and Warnings

  • A replica of the grip hooks that vw technicians use at their work place can be ordered on the Internet. They can also be ordered at automotive and auto parts Web Sites. The grip hook kit that we used for this project was ordered on-line.
  • A memory keeper device can be obtained at most auto parts stores and on-line. It is a device that is powered by a 9-volt battery. The device is plugged into the console accessory socket in the passenger compartment.
  • The activation code for the radio is in the owners manual.
  • Disconnecting the negative battery cable can cause driveability problems that require a scan tool to clear the code in the ECM's ROM memory.
  • All Beetles are equipped with an anti-theft radio. Special tools are required to remove the radio and an activation code is needed to re-activate the radio when reinstalled. A battery-powered memory keeper device is needed to retain important computer settings when the negative cable of the battery is disconnected (See tips).