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    Thread: Flip Key battery replacement DIY

    1. Member Pleshy_GTI_VR6's Avatar
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      08-05-2005 08:48 AM #1
      What you need before you start:

      small flat head screwdriver, or small knife, and a CR2032 battery (available at most auto parts stores, radio shacks, walmarts etc... $4)

      Step 1 have your key with the VW logo facing up

      Step 2 insert small screwdriver (or swiss army knife) into slot between key and transmitter (part with the buttons) [I find it easiest to use the knife as a lever to help seperate them)

      Step 3 pull apart key and transmitter

      Step 4 seperate the two halves of the transmitter. You should be able to do this with your thumb and forefinger

      Step 5 dislodge battery

      Step 6 re-insert battery (+ goes down) and push remote back together

      Step 7 check to make sure light still blinks


      Modified by Pleshy_GTI_VR6 at 5:51 AM 8-5-2005


      Modified by Pleshy_GTI_VR6 at 3:40 AM 8-9-2005


    2. 08-05-2005 09:45 AM #2
      Good pics and instructions--I'm sure this will come in handy for folks...

      Could I interest you in another VW key-chain accessory??


    3. 08-05-2005 09:58 AM #3
      What other accessory? And are you the same superdave on hofo?

    4. 08-05-2005 10:10 AM #4
      No I'm not. I was being sarcastic, giving the poster a hard time about having a bunch of VW key chain doodles...

    5. 08-05-2005 10:12 AM #5
      Oh, yeah i see the keychain and the knife. BTW how were trhe results of the self replacment? Is that written somewhere like in the manuel or online at vw? Also was there any marks that u will get from that, thats like unavoidable?

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      08-05-2005 10:45 AM #6
      I only have 2 'bits of flair' the pewter logo and the VW swiss army pen

      the rest of it is random other junk


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      08-05-2005 10:52 AM #7
      i was asking this question last night. thanks!!

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      08-05-2005 08:06 PM #8
      you asking the question is why I did it, that and was bored as hell

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      08-05-2005 08:16 PM #9
      good write up mang...

    10. 08-05-2005 08:26 PM #10
      Well you know two is the minimum, but some people have more and we encourage it. Brian for example has 37 pieces of flair..and a terrific smile.

    11. 08-05-2005 08:28 PM #11
      Dude, this is perfect timing. It appears that my battery died yesterday.

      One question: Do I have to use a Drivers Wanted knife to open the key? LOL

      Thanks for the nice write-up.

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      08-05-2005 08:57 PM #12
      Quote, originally posted by The Superdave »
      Well you know two is the minimum, but some people have more and we encourage it. Brian for example has 37 pieces of flair..and a terrific smile.

      best movie ever













      ^Office Space, for anyone who didn't know


    13. 08-05-2005 09:20 PM #13
      HA! Just what i needed, thanks man, you saved me buying a new set of keys, the dealership told me i had to replace the whole unit, which 1 something bucks!
      By the way items you dont have:
      1) Driver wanted mini keyring maglite
      2) Little keyring R32 suspension (coilover)
      3)......someone can add to this
      thanks again yo

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      08-06-2005 12:56 AM #14
      Quote, originally posted by howzit-eksee »
      HA! Just what i needed, thanks man, you saved me buying a new set of keys, the dealership told me i had to replace the whole unit, which 1 something bucks!
      By the way items you dont have:
      1) Driver wanted mini keyring maglite
      2) Little keyring R32 suspension (coilover)
      3)......someone can add to this
      thanks again yo

      I have the coil over LED light I also have a mini mag light (ground score at a dead show parking lot), neither of which have room to reside on my keys... if I didn't use the knife so often I woulda taken it off as well.

      and yes I called them flair in refrence to Office space... love that flick...

      If they move my desk again I am going to set the building on fire


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      08-06-2005 12:57 AM #15
      Quote, originally posted by Foxtrot 3 »
      Dude, this is perfect timing. It appears that my battery died yesterday.

      One question: Do I have to use a Drivers Wanted knife to open the key? LOL

      Thanks for the nice write-up.

      If you do not use a VW approved tool it voids your warranty... </sarcasm>


    16. 08-06-2005 01:08 AM #16
      i needed that
      thanks!

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      08-06-2005 01:13 AM #17
      I'll assume this is the same for the older switchblade keys so I'm gonna go disect mine right now

      Edit: ok that was too easy


      Modified by bootymac at 10:15 PM 8-5-2005


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      08-06-2005 06:42 AM #18
      Quote, originally posted by bootymac »

      Edit: ok that was too easy


      Modified by bootymac at 10:15 PM 8-5-2005

      yes it is very simple... that is why I did the DIY to show people just exactly how easy it is


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      08-06-2005 07:36 AM #19
      Hope everyone brought their MacGuyver Swiss with them?!?!

    20. 08-06-2005 10:38 AM #20
      it's a good thing this is here...i was wondering how to replace my battery as of late...hehe, thanks!

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      08-07-2005 03:13 AM #21
      Quote, originally posted by NewB1.8T »
      it's a good thing this is here...i was wondering how to replace my battery as of late...hehe, thanks!

      Just glad to be helpful


    22. 08-08-2005 09:29 AM #22
      Quote, originally posted by The Superdave »
      Could I interest you in another VW key-chain accessory??

      Not unless it comes with 30HP gains.


    23. 08-08-2005 09:54 AM #23
      good lookin out on the post my car key just stopped working I am definitley gonna try this.

    24. 08-08-2005 10:09 AM #24
      for those of you who are worried about using the knife to open:
      you dont need any tools to open the key! all you need to do is:

      1.flip out the key.
      2.hold the key with the key recess up.
      3. put your thumbs on the bottom and forefingers on top.
      4.then simply "break" the two in half with an upward motion of your thumbs.

      no marks. or chance of marks!!!


    25. 08-08-2005 10:39 AM #25
      ok so good information BUT since i ran over my WHOLE KEY FOB with the lawnmower(i know, i know) i need to replace the key part as well. how do i get out the flip part so i can insert a new square key that i bought off ebay??? please let me know. can you believe that those **** at the VW dealer in montgomery told me that they dont even cut keys there! which is lies bc i had a key cut there liek 6 months ago for $100(arg) and so then they said well the machine is broken so you have to have it specially ordered and cut from the VW people. (i.e. $200+ yeah right!) so if you guys have any other input on what i could do i would really appreciate it. know anyone in montgomery, AL????!!??

    26. 08-08-2005 11:33 AM #26
      looks pretty good mang....any idea how much the new battery woudl cost?? idk if its just my key or my battery is low or what, but i find myself pushin it a real lot of times even when im close and it doesnt work....anyone else feel that?

    27. 08-08-2005 02:47 PM #27
      Easier and safer than using a knife to get it open would be to:

      1. Flip out the key
      2. Grab with each hand the top and bottom part where the line int he middle splits the fob in half and pull, it has a click.

      That should make it allot easier and less damaging to the fob. Also I have done this at least 5 times due to bordome, so none of it seems to been ruined after those times so it should be safe


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      08-08-2005 02:53 PM #28
      Quote, originally posted by insiaspocket »
      ok so good information BUT since i ran over my WHOLE KEY FOB with the lawnmower(i know, i know) i need to replace the key part as well. how do i get out the flip part so i can insert a new square key that i bought off ebay??? please let me know. can you believe that those **** at the VW dealer in montgomery told me that they dont even cut keys there! which is lies bc i had a key cut there liek 6 months ago for $100(arg) and so then they said well the machine is broken so you have to have it specially ordered and cut from the VW people. (i.e. $200+ yeah right!) so if you guys have any other input on what i could do i would really appreciate it. know anyone in montgomery, AL????!!??


      haha you ran it over with the lawnmower how did that happen?


    29. 08-08-2005 04:27 PM #29
      Quote, originally posted by VR6666 »
      Easier and safer than using a knife to get it open would be to:

      1. Flip out the key
      2. Grab with each hand the top and bottom part where the line int he middle splits the fob in half and pull, it has a click.

      That should make it allot easier and less damaging to the fob. Also I have done this at least 5 times due to bordome, so none of it seems to been ruined after those times so it should be safe

      really i dont remember saying that two post above.


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      08-09-2005 06:39 AM #30
      Quote, originally posted by VR6666 »
      Easier and safer than using a knife to get it open would be to:

      1. Flip out the key
      2. Grab with each hand the top and bottom part where the line int he middle splits the fob in half and pull, it has a click.

      That should make it allot easier and less damaging to the fob. Also I have done this at least 5 times due to bordome, so none of it seems to been ruined after those times so it should be safe

      if yours is loose enough that you can just pull apart you are either much stronger than me or yours has already been damaged. If you use a knife and are carefull you have nothing to worry about


    31. 08-10-2005 11:31 PM #31
      i kept going back and forth to the car so i put the keys in my pocket and i went up the yard and i guess they fell out and then when i was coming back down i guess it was right in my track because it TORE UP all my keys. sliced my house key right in HALF and ate up my key fob into a bajillion pieces oh what a day!

    32. 08-10-2005 11:33 PM #32
      so ummm, now how do i get the metal flip out key part out so i can replace it with the UNCUT one i got from Ebay? anybody know? let me know please

    33. 08-12-2005 02:17 PM #33
      great stuff, ima go do this cause my signal strength is soooo weak. I have to be next to the car to unlock the car.

    34. 08-12-2005 02:28 PM #34
      Hopefully Mod add's to DIY

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      08-12-2005 02:39 PM #35
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