How to Change the Battery in a VW Key Fob

Volkswagen Key Fob

Do you need to know how to change the battery in a VW key fob? This will not be a task you need to do often since your VW key fob battery should last for several years. However, most drivers will have to replace the battery at least once. The service experts at Reeves Volkswagen would be glad to help Brandon drivers with this task, however, replacing the battery only takes a few minutes so you will probably want to handle your VW key fob battery replacement on your own. Reeves Volkswagen has the steps you need!

Which VW Key Battery Do I Need?

Learning how to change the battery in a VW key fob isn’t difficult, but it is important to know what kind of battery your key fob requires. The information below should help you find what you need:

  • Do you drive an older VW vehicle with a fob that looks like a simple Volkswagen car key? In most cases, this key fob requires a CR1632 battery.
  • If your vehicle was produced after 1999, your key fob likely looks more like a small pod with buttons on one side. It also should feature a retractable emergency key. If this is the case, you probably need to purchase a CR2032 battery.

VW Key Battery Replacement: Step-by-Step

It only takes a few simple steps for VW key battery replacement. You will need a few things before you get started – a small screwdriver and a new CR2032 battery. It is a good idea to wrap the flat-head screwdriver with a piece of tape. It helps to prevent scratches or damage to your key fob. Once you have what you need, it’s time to begin:

  1. Hold the button on your Volkswagen key fob until the emergency key pops out.
  2. Grasp the fob firmly in your hand. Another option is to attach it to a small metal key ring that you can hold on your index finger.
  3. Find the seam that holds both sides of the key fob together. Use your fingers to create a small distance between the two. The flat-head screwdriver can be used to pry the key fob apart. Be cautious during this step to avoid scratches.
  4. Remove the dead battery and swap it with the brand new one. The positive side of the battery should face downward.
  5. Close the remote case tightly to ensure everything stays in place. Once this step is complete, you are ready to hit the Clearwater streets.

How to Start the Car without Your Smart Key

Do you worry about getting stranded when your key fob battery dies? Do not fret! You can still open the doors of your vehicle and drive to your destination using your smart key.

Even older VW key fobs contain what is usually referred to as an emergency key or a bayonet key. These keys do not require any battery power to work. What if your car has a keyless entry or a push button start? All you have to do is hold the emergency key below the ignition, which should start the engine.

Volkswagen Key Replacement

If you’ve lost your key or it still doesn’t work after you have changed the battery, you may need a Volkswagen key replacement. Car key replacement can be a little pricey, so it is best to have a spare key on hand. If you don’t and are in need of VW key replacement, stop by Reeves Volkswagen today! Before you can get a key made, you will need to show us your driver’s license and your proof of ownership. If you’ve just picked up a new VW key fob, it might need to be reprogrammed. When your key arrives at the dealership, we would be happy to take care of this for you!

Contact Reeves Volkswagen for More Information

Need help with your VW key fob battery replacement? Don’t worry! The experts at the Reeves Volkswagen service center would be glad to help you. We want you to get back on the road as soon as possible. Contact us today with any questions.

Saved Vehicles


You don't have any saved vehicles!

Look for this link on your favorites:


Once you've saved some vehicles, you can view them here at any time.

Contact Us

(813) 499-2247

Call Now

11337 N Florida Ave • Tampa, FL 33612

Get Directions

Today's Hours:

Open Today! Sales: 8:30am-8pm

Open Today! Service: 7am-7pm

Open Today! Parts: 7am-6pm

Reeves Volkswagen 28.0535313, -82.4589577.