How to Change the VW Key Fob Battery in Santa Ana, CA


Interested in learning how to change the battery in a VW key fob? While the battery should last for years, this issue will come up at one point or another. And though our service team at Volkswagen South Coast near Irvine is more than happy to take care of this problem for you, you may want to know how to change the VW key fob battery replacement on your own. In order to do that, here’s what you’ll need to know.

Which VW Key Battery Do I Need?

It’s quite simple to learn how to change the battery in a VW key fob, but if you’re unsure which VW key battery to use, it can make things difficult. Here’s how to find the right product:

  • 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 in Santa Ana, CA

In order to get started on replacing the battery, you’ll need a small screwdriver and a new CR2032 battery. To avoid scratching and damaging your key fob, 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

If you find yourself with a dead key fob battery just as you’re about to get on the road, you can luckily start your vehicle without the Smart key. Thankfully, even older VW key fobs contain what’s usually referred to as an emergency key or a bayonet key. Even if your Volkswagen has a keyless entry or push button start feature, simply hold the emergency key below the ignition and this should allow you to start your engine.

Volkswagen Key Replacement

If the battery isn’t the issue, or you’ve lost your key, don’t lose all hope. Car key replacements in Costa Mesa can be pricey, so you’ll want to make sure if you have a spare key that you keep it handy. If not, you’ll need a VW key replacement from a dealership. Make sure to bring your driver’s license and your proof of ownership before you drive in from Orange. If you’ve just picked up a new VW key fob, you’ll need to spend some time programming the key before it’ll work like new. We can help you take care of this at our VW service center once your key arrives.

Visit Volkswagen South Coast for Assistance!

We also offer service and parts specials to help you save on your VW key fob battery replacement in Orange and more! Contact us today or order your parts online and we’ll have them in no time.

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