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VW Beetle Key Fob Battery Replacement Guide
How to change the battery in the key fob remote control of a 2nd generation 2012 to 2016 New Volkswagen Beetle.

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2015 Beetle Key Fob
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Back of Remote Control
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Press Silver Button

This automotive maintenance tutorial was specifically written to assist owners of the second generation (2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 and probably also the 2016 model year) "New" Volkswagen Beetle in changing the battery in the key fob remote control for the keyless entry system.

Owners of other VW Group vehicles such as the Passat, CC, Tiguan, Golf, Touareg, Jetta, GTI, SportWagen, Eos, Rabbit, Bora, Vento, Lavida, Coccinelle, Maggiolino, Fusca, Audi A3, A4, S4, A6, S6, A7, A8, Q5, Q7, A5, S5, and TT may also find these DIY instructions to be helpful.

A replacement coin cell (A.K.A. "button" or "watch") battery is part number CR2032 which is available from various manufacturers such as Panasonic, Sony, Energizer, Duracell, and Maxell.

No tools are required to replace the battery. A small flathead screwdriver might be useful for opening the cover or popping out the old battery.

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Flip Out Metal Ignition Key
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Pull Off Rear Cover
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Battery Compartment Open
Press the silver button on the front of the key fob just above the "Lock" button to release the metal ignition key.

Use your thumb to gently pop off the rectangular battery compartment cover on the rear of the fob.

If you have trouble removing the cover, you can try using a flathead screwdriver, coin, key, butter knife or nail file to carefully pry off the cover.

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Old Battery In Socket
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Gently Pry Out Old Battery
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Old Battery Removed
Either turn over the key fob and gently tap out the old battery or carefully use a small flathead screwdriver to pry out the old battery from the socket.

Try to avoid damaging the metal electrical contacts or the green plastic circuit board.



 

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Panasonic CR 2032 3V
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Empty Battery Holder
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Push In New CR2032
Gently pop in a new CR2032 3 volt coin cell battery in to the socket with the "+" positive side facing up towards you.

Make sure that the new battery is securely seated in the holder.

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Line Up Rear Cover
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Key Fob Re-Assembled
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Test - Parking Lights Flash
Line up the battery compartment cover over the back side of the key fob.

Gently pop the cover back in to place.

Make sure that the rear cover is flush with the key fob at every edge.

To test the new key fob battery, stand near your Beetle and press the "Unlock" or "Lock" buttons.

If the new battery is working properly, you should see the parking lights flash and hear the door locks opening or closing.

For more, check out my other 2012-2016 VW Beetle DIY Repair & Maintenance Guides.
 

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