How To Program A VW Key FOB

Program a Volkswagen key fob

In the event that your VW Key Fob ceases to function, we are here to help. Some key fob malfunctions can be the result of something simple such as a dead battery, or a simple synchronization which can be accomplished by operating the manual door lock for three seconds in the lock position and three seconds in the unlock position. However, some key fob issues require more than a simple fix so if you find that your key fob is still not operating after brief troubleshooting, you can trust our certified technicians to diagnose the problem.

Visiting your local Volkswagen dealer is your best bet for a perfectly programmed key fob!

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Regardless of the type of fob you are using, if you have an issue, we always hope that the answer is the simplest factor: your fob’s battery needs to be replaced. We have all VW key fob battery types available in our parts department, so you can come in and find what you need with confidence.

Sometimes relying on the supply at a hardware store can leave you stranded, as they only have a limited quantity. In most cases, your key fob can be gently opened using a small flat screwdriver –– suitable for use on eyeglasses. Depending on the year of your model, your fob may have a battery access hatch on the back, so be sure to look out for that. You should also be mindful of the battery’s orientation, making sure the replacement battery goes in with the + and – terminals facing the correct way.

Volkswagen key fobs are designed to provide maximum security, in line with the high engineering standards that come with the Volkswagen brand. In order to maintain these high standards, Volkswagen key fobs are not interchangeable and must be ordered for your specific vehicle. The key fobs undergo a pre-programming process before shipping to the dealer, and then must be programmed along with the vehicle. Please remember to bring all spare key fobs with you as they must be reprogrammed as well.

In best-case scenarios, we need to use computer diagnostics to resync your fob to the vehicle. On the other side of the coin, a total replacement can cost several hundred dollars, as the keys come from the factory and are unique to your vehicle.

MOST Pre-2005/6 Models Can Be Synchronized Using These Steps

  1. Put your key into the VW ignition.
  2. Rotate the key forward until you hear one click, but be sure to not start the engine. Leave the key in the ignition.
  3. Step outside of the vehicle and ensure the doors are not ajar.
  4. Lock the driver’s side door with the other VW key by manually inserting it into the door. Then leave the key inside of the lock.
  5. Go back to the key in the ignition. Push the “Open” or “Unlock” symbol on your key fob. You should hear the horn honk and the sound of your doors unlocking. Repeat this process with each key fob remote.
  6. Depending on the year and trim of your vehicle, you may need to try this process several times. It may not work. If this is the case it’s time to call your local Volkswagen dealer for a professional key fob programming!

As we detailed, the above steps may help reprogram your VW key fob but it truly depends on the model, trim, specific fob and year of the vehicle. Don’t hesitate to give us a call if this doesn’t successfully reprogram your Volkswagen key fob.

What is Fob Key?

Ah the infamous key Fob, which is commonly referred to as the Fob. The Key Fob is a device used to access a vehicle, as well as turn it on. It uses technology to secure access to multiple systems throughout a vehicle. Generally, key fobs use randomly generated access codes that reset every minute or so, making them difficult to hack.

How much does it cost to program a Volkswagen key?

If you’re not the DIY type, no worries! The fee for resetting the Volkswagen key is generally low unless you need an entirely new Volkswagen key, remote, and programming. If you need all three, it will set you back a few hundred dollars. So if you’re failing to reset or program the VW key, keep it handy book a service appointment in Florida.

What to do if the Fob won’t wirelessly unlock the car?

If your VW key fob will not unlock the car from afar or wirelessly, many things could be causing the dilemma. The Fob could have dead batteries inside of it. To find out if this is the case, you would need to take the key apart or call on our handy service team to do it for you. If a new part is needed, you can order the parts online! The issue could also be indicative of a ruined wireless entry board, for which there are different types of replacements. The car could also need to be programmed to recognize the key’s signal, which our service center can do. A damaged antenna can cause issues with wireless entry, so be sure to check for that. There’s also the possibility that the Comfort Control Model is faulty and in need of a replacement––if you’re not sure, inquire with a service representative online or over the phone!

Explore VW Key Fob Tricks With Us

When in doubt, it’s always wise to get in touch with a team that understands the depths of German engineering. Only the specialists at Gunther Volkswagen Fort Lauderdale can say that they know the ins and outs of every VW vehicle known to man. Why take a chance on all of this DIY stuff when you have our expertise at your fingertips? If your Volkswagen vehicle turns on, then you have successfully programmed a used key fob. Should any issues arise during this process, feel free to reach out to our VW service center. We know all of the latest VW key fob tricks and more.

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