How to Change the Battery in a VW Key Fob

Key with key fob in hand

Interested in learning how to change the battery in a VW key fob? The team at Stohlman Volkswagen can help. We know it can be frustrating when the key fob doesn’t work, but don’t fret. You won’t have to come in for a service appointment if you’d rather complete this task from home. When it comes to the VW key fob battery replacement steps, here’s everything you need to know.

Which VW Key Battery Do I Need?

It isn’t difficult to learn how to change the battery in a VW key fob, but if you’re unsure which VW key battery to use, you could run into trouble. In order to find the right key in our parts center, keep the following in mind:

  • If you drive an older VW vehicle with a fob that looks like a simple Volkswagen car key, there’s a good chance that you need a CR1632 battery. 
  • Most new models made after 1999 use a fob that looks more like a small pod with buttons on one side, and a retractable emergency key. You’ll most likely need a CR2032 Battery.

VW Key Battery Replacement: Step-by-Step

No matter if you’re driving a modern Volkswagen or an older model, replacing the battery in your VW key fob is pretty simple. First, you’ll need a small screwdriver and a new battery. To avoid scratching and damaging your fob, we recommend you wrap the flat-head screwdriver with a small piece of tape. Now that you’re ready to get started, follow these steps:

  1. Hold the button on your Volkswagen key fob until the emergency key pops out. 
  2. Grasp the fob firmly in your hand, or attach it to a small metal key ring that you can hold on your index finger. 
  3. Locate the seam which connects the lid and the base of your fob. Use your fingers to create a small distance between the two, and then use the flat-head screwdriver to finish prying them apart. Take care to avoid scratching the inside.
  4. Take out the dead battery and insert the new one, with the positive side facing downward.
  5. Close the remote case tightly to hold everything in place, and then get back on the road!

How to Start the Car Without Your Smart Key

It can be frustrating when you’re just about to get on the road and no matter how many times you press the button on your key fob, it won’t work. If the key fob battery is dead, and you don’t have time to replace it, there is a way to start your vehicle manually.

Luckily, even older VW key fobs contain what’s typically referred to as an emergency key or a bayonet key. These types of keys won’t need any battery power to be used. Even if your vehicle has a keyless entry or push button start feature, you can usually get your vehicle started by simply holding the emergency key below the ignition.

Volkswagen Key Replacement

If the battery isn’t the issue, and you’ve just lost your key, don’t worry. While a car key replacement can be expensive, there are available parts specials at Stohlman Volkswagen near Vienna to help you save more on the parts you need.

Once you pick up your new VW key fob, you may need to spend some time programming the key in order to get it in proper working order. If you’d like us to take care of this for you, no worries! Our VW service team is more than happy to help.

Visit Stohlman Volkswagen for Assistance!

Want to learn more about VW key fob battery replacement? Contact our team today! We have what you need to keep your vehicle running like new on Alexandria roads and beyond.

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