When the fob stops working, it can a frustrating problem, but it's one you can likely fix yourself. Here's what you need to know to regain the use of your VW key fob.

Battery

Your battery may have gone dead. Easy enough fix! The fob can be popped open by inserting the end of a flathead screwdriver into the seams. You will see a coin battery with a number on it. The replacement batteries are commonly found anywhere you can buy electronics or automotive parts.

Reprogramming the Remote

If your fob has lost its programming, you will need to reprogram it. This is something you can do yourself by turning your vehicle on and pushing buttons on the door -- followed by pressing the buttons on the remote.

Here are the instructions to reprogram your fob for VW models 1997 and older:

  1. *Turn the ignition to ON. Keep your key in the ignition.
  2. *Lock the vehicle's driver door using your spare key fob.
  3. *Press the unlock button once on the spare fob. The horn will beep.
  4. *Wait six seconds and push the unlock button again. This starts the programming procedure, which will allow you to program the inoperative fob. If you have more than one fob to reprogram, the procedure is the same with the exception of how many times you press the unlock button. If you have two fobs, you press it twice with a one-second interval between pushes. For three fobs, press it three times. You can code up to four fobs.
  5. *Turn the ignition to the OFF position.
  6. *Take the key out of the ignition and check it for operation. If you are doing more than one fob, the ignition must be in the OFF position between programming for each fob.

These instructions allow you to reset the programming in your key fob for Volkswagen models 1997 and newer:

  1. *Turn the ignition to the ON position. Keep the key in the ignition.
  2. *Use the second key and manually lock the car by way of the driver’s door.
  3. *Push the unlock button on the remote five times with one-second intervals between pushing. Your horn will beep.
  4. *After waiting six seconds, press the unlock button one time. This will erase the memory.
  5. *Turn the ignition to the OFF position. Your remotes have been erased.

If you have trouble with the reprogramming, you may need to either replace the fob or get the assistance of your local Volkswagen dealership. 

Don't Forget About Our VW Key FOB Upgrades!

Our online catalog has a few options for a stylish replacement for your VW key FOB. 

 Osir Muzzero Square fob

The OSIR Muzzero Square is a premium upgrade, meant to fit the GTI, Jetta, Rabbit, R32, and Golf.

 

Osir Square V2 fob

Their Zero Square V2 model is similar in looks and is made for older models.

 

Osir square L fob cover

OSIR also offers just the key cover, like this alloy button cover for 2010 models.

Osir Zero Square L fob

There’s also a cover for the older VW key in the  Zero Square-L lineup.

With these stylish options, upgrading my be the best option when you are having key FOB issues.