How to Change the Battery in a VW Key Fob

Key with key fob in hand

Are you wondering how to change the battery in a VW key fob? Fortunately, the battery in your VW key fob should last for years, so you won’t have to perform a VW key battery replacement often. However, this is actually a quick and simple task for most Las Cruces, NM drivers. The team at Rudolph Volkswagen of El Paso has created this guide below so you can change a battery in a VW key fob in no time. 


Which VW Key Battery Does My Fob Require?

Which VW key fob battery do you need to complete the replacement process? 

  • For those with an older VW vehicle that has a VW key fob that looks like a simple Volkswagen car key, you will likely require a CR1632 battery. 
  • If your VW vehicle was produced after 1999, it likely has a VW key fob that looks more like a small pod with buttons on one side. It will also have a retractable emergency key. If this is the case, a CR2032 battery is likely the right fit.

VW Key Battery Replacement Guide

Replacing the VW key fob battery in a modern Volkswagen vehicle only takes a few short minutes once you have everything that you need. Find a small screwdriver and a new CR2032 battery. It is a good idea to wrap the flathead screwdriver with a piece of tape to help prevent any damage to the key fob in the process. 

  1. Hold the button on your Volkswagen key fob until the emergency key pops out. 
  2. Hold the VW key fob firmly in your hand.
  3. Find the seam between 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 both sides apart. Do this step carefully to avoid scratching the key fob. 
  4. Replace the battery with a brand new one. The positive side of the new battery should face downward.
  5. Close the remote case tightly to secure the components. 

How to Start the Car Without Your Smart Key

What happens if you attempt to use your VW key fob and nothing happens? Don’t worry! You won’t be stranded on the roads of Las Cruces, NM and Albuquerque, NM. Thankfully, even older VW key fobs feature what’s usually referred to as an emergency key or a bayonet key, and battery power is not needed to use this key. Even if your car has a keyless entry or a push button start feature, all you have to do is hold the emergency key below the ignition to start the car. 

VW Key Replacement

If changing the battery in your VW key fob does not solve the problem, or you have lost your VW key fob, you may require a VW key replacement. Car key replacement can be expensive, so try to keep a spare key handy. If you are in need of a VW key replacement, the team at Rudolph Volkswagen of El Paso can help. Before you can get a VW key replacement, you will need to provide your driver’s license and your proof of ownership. 

Rudolph Volkswagen of El Paso is Your Destination for VW Service

Whether you need assistance with VW key battery replacement or more in-depth Volkswagen service, the experts at Rudolph Volkswagen of El Paso have you covered. Contact us today for more information, or set up an appointment online

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