How to Change Battery in VW Key

VW key fob

When you drive a Volkswagen, you get to enjoy the many conveniences and luxuries of your model, such as being able to use the VW key fob battery. One small thing you might have to handle is a VW key battery replacement. Luckily enough, anyone searching for how to change the battery in a VW key will find that the process can be performed quickly and easily without the need for expert assistance. With that in mind, We’ve provided a step-by-step video from one of our shop foremen to show you how it’s done. We’ve also broken down VW key fob battery replacement into a few simple steps below.

Your Step-by-Step Guide on VW Key Replacement

You’ll want to start by collecting the right materials, including:

  • New CR2032 Battery
  • Small Screwdriver
  • Tape

Wrap the head of the screwdriver in tape to prevent cosmetic damage to the VW key fob, then follow these steps:

  • Eject the emergency key by pushing the button on your VW key fob.
  • Get a good grip on the key fob, then locate the seam between the base and the lid.
  • Use your fingers to create a space between those two pieces, then pry them apart with your screwdriver.
  • Take out the old battery before inserting a new one in its place. Make sure the positive side faces downward.
  • Put the VW key fob case back together, ensuring everything fits as tightly as before.

You’re now ready to start driving again. Of course, if you’d rather have your VW key battery replacement conducted by a service technician, you’re always free to visit us at Lindsay Volkswagen of Dulles and we’ll do it for you!

How to Start Your VW with a Dead Key Fob

You can use your key to manually unlock the door to your vehicle if your VW key fob is dead, but some models vary with how to open your vehicle with a dead fob. See more below on how to open your vehicle if your battery for the VW key fob is dead, and always refer to your owner’s manual for full information.

Models with Tab Covers

Some models have a cap that seals and protects the lock cylinder on the door. Underneath this cap is a notch meant to be popped off, revealing the lock cylinder. If your model has this cap, insert the key into the notch below the cap on your driver’s side, and then pull the cap tab off with your free hand. You can then insert your key to open your vehicle.

VW CCs & VW Touareg Models

Some models like the VW CC and the VW Touareg have no bayonet key to open the door. Instead, there is a hidden plastic key inside of the fob in case your VW key battery is dead. To access this key, press the button on the side of the fob and pull on the keyring loop at the top of the fob to pull out the emergency key. The emergency key will allow you to unlock the door but not start the vehicle. Place the keyfob into the ignition slot to start the vehicle.

Note: For other Volkswagen models with keyless access, if the fob battery is low and the push-button start is not working, hold the fob against the steering column and press the start button. Doing this will allow you to start your vehicle.

Learn About How to Change the Battery in a VW
Key Fob and More by Visiting Us Today

We’re always happy to share servicing tips and tricks to help keep your VW model in prime condition for years to come, and our parts center can supply everything you need to customize and maintain your vehicle.

Whether you want to arrange a test drive in a commanding new crossover SUV like the VW Atlas or use our express service lane for fast but confident servicing, the team here at Lindsay Volkswagen of Dulles can be of assistance. Don’t hesitate to get in touch today.


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