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How to Change the Battery in a VW Key Fob

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Do you need to know how to change the battery in a VW key fob? Ide VW of East Rochester has the details on the proper VW key fob battery replacement procedure. Although your battery should last for years, almost everyone will need to handle this small maintenance task at one point or another. Although our service team near Polson would be happy to take care of the problem for you, you may want to handle your VW key fob battery replacement on your own time near Fairport. Here’s everything you need to know.

Which VW Key Battery Do I Need?

Learning how to change the battery in your VW key fob isn’t difficult, but if you’re not sure which VW key battery to use, you’re sure to run into trouble. Find the right product, here:

  • If you drive an older VW vehicle (link to /used inventory) 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 Fob Battery Replacement: Step-by-Step

No matter what kind of modern Volkswagen vehicle you drive, replacing the battery is pretty simple. You’re going to need a small screwdriver and a new CR2032 battery. To avoid scratching and damaging your fob, wrap the flat-head screwdriver with a small piece of tape.

You’re ready to get started on replacing your VW key fob battery:

  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’s every driver’s nightmare. You’re about to get on the road and go to a job interview or a long-awaited family gathering. You press the button on your key fob over and over again, but it’s clearly not working properly, and you think the key fob battery has died.

Thankfully, even older VW key fobs contain what’s usually referred to as an emergency key or a bayonet key, and you won’t need any battery power to make use of it. Even if your car has a keyless entry or a push button start feature, simply holding the emergency key below the ignition should allow you to get the engine started.

Volkswagen Key Replacement

If your battery isn’t the issue, or you’ve lost your key, don’t give up all hope. Car key replacement can be expensive, and Volkswagen is no different. So, if you have a spare key available, you may want to keep it handy. Otherwise, a driver in need of VW key replacement will need to come to our dealership and ask! Remember to bring your driver’s license and your proof of ownership before you drive in from Pittsford or Webster.

If you’ve just picked up a new VW key fob, you may need to spend some time programming the key before it will work as it should. We’ll gladly take care of this for you at our VW service center, as soon as the key arrives.

Visit Ide VW of East Rochester for Assistance!

Need help with your VW key fob battery replacement? Come to Ide VW of East Rochester. It’s easy to schedule service and get back on the road in no time. If you’re looking for other service tips and tricks such as how to check your car’s oil, be sure to stop by our service center! Your car battery is just as important as your key fob battery. Learn about the cost of a car battery replacement and more today with our service experts!

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