How to Change Battery in VW Key

VW key fob

Whether you’re completing Tysons Corner trips in the new Volkswagen ID.4 or you’re comfortable in your beloved Volkswagen Taos, your model comes equipped with a range of conveniences and luxuries. One small convenience is the VW key fob. While it allows you to easily hop in the car and start your daily commute, a dead VW key fob battery can really throw off your routine. At Lindsay Volkswagen of Dulles, we have a quick and simple guide for how to open your VW key fob and replace the battery, so you can return to your tips with ease. Read on below and view our step-by-step video from our shop foreman to learn how to replace a VW key fob battery.

How to Open a VW Key Fob

Opening your key fob and replacing the battery is relatively easy. You’ll want to start by collecting the right materials, including:

  • New CR2032 Battery
  • Small Screwdriver
  • Tape

To prevent cosmetic damage to your VW key fob, you can wrap the head of the screwdriver in tape to dull the harsh edges. Here’s how to open a VW key fob:

  • Eject the emergency key by pushing the button on your VW key fob.
  • Locate the seam between the base and the lid and get a firm grip on the key fob.
  • Create a space between those two pieces, then pry them apart with your screwdriver.
  • Replace the old VW key fob battery with the new one. Make sure that the positive side faces upward.
  • Put the VW key fob case back together, ensuring everything fits as tightly as before.

It’s as simple as that! You’ve replaced the VW key fob battery and now you’re ready to start driving again. We recommend you stop at one of our favorite pizza shops near Lindsay Volkswagen of Dulles!

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 the Lindsay Volkswagen of Dulles service center and we’ll do it for you!

How to Start Your VW with a Dead Key Fob

If your VW key fob dies during Alexandria adventures, you can use your key to manually unlock the door. However, some models do vary with how to open your vehicle with a dead fob. Walk through how to open your vehicle if your VW key fob is dead, and 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 More About VW Service with Lindsay Volkswagen of Dulles!

Now that you know how to open your VW key fob and replace the battery, learn more servicing tips and tricks to help keep your VW model in prime condition for years to come. Our certified technicians and our parts center can supply everything you need to customize and maintain your vehicle. Visit our express service lane for fast but confident servicing or contact us today. The team here at Lindsay Volkswagen of Dulles is dedicated to providing you with worry-free service around Springfield.


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