What do you do when your Volkswagen key fob won’t work?

By Product Expert | Posted in Tips and Tricks on Tuesday, February 9th, 2016 at 10:34 pm
Opening a VW door without the key fob remote

Opening a VW door without the key fob remote

There’s not much that gives us pause when it comes to our day-to-day responsibilities, but technology failing can leave us scratching our heads. In most modern cars we now rely on our key fob to a certain degree, so it can be a bit confusing when it stops working. The first thing you’ll notice is there’s no real key hole next to the door handle, which can leave you feeling helpless instantly. Don’t worry, opening a VW door without they key fob remote is actually easy.

How do I unlock my VW with the key?VW lock cover

You have the key in hand, so it stands to reason you should be able to open your door. After all, they wouldn’t remove the cylinder entirely, would they? Of course not! If you look carefully at the place next to the door handle where you would normally find the key hole, there is actually a little notch underneath. You simply push your key into this notch and remove this cap. As simple as that, you’ll be able to unlock your door the old fashioned way. Unfortunately, your alarm may still sound, but it should turn off once you start your car.

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But wait, what if you have keyless access with push-button start? Even if you drive a 2016 Volkswagen Touareg, this convenient feature won’t be your downside just because the battery in your key fob has lost its juice. Push the button on the side of the key fob and a plastic key will pop out of the top. Now you simply unlock the door in the same way. You can start your vehicle by either putting the key fob in the ignition or holding it against the steering column, depending on the year and model.

As you can see, it’s not as frustrating as you think to unlock you Volkswagen when the key fob dies. Once you replace the battery, you’ll reset it by pressing the A or C button down for one second and then unlocking and relocking the vehicle manually.

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