[Vwdiesel] Key battery?

Terry Briggs vbriggs at stny.rr.com
Fri Jun 30 10:45:33 EDT 2006

Yeah, the rear fogs, good idea really, I added them to my golf. The 
wifes volvo had them,pretty neat idea. Now about the key thing, I 
always thought it was just a resistor built into the key, with such a 
wide variety of resistance values available, it would make sense to use 
something like that, but hey, I won't buy anything newer than 1988, or 
at least thats how it looks right now LOL. so I just bypass the switch 
if anything goes wrong LOL. But with the way fuel prices are and the 
mileage we get with our little diesels, I bet we will see a rise in 
theft of these little gems.
On Jun 29, 2006, at 4:37 AM, William J Toensing wrote:

> I don't what kind of anti theft key system VW uses but I had the 
> ignition switch go out on my 2001 Ford Focus ZX3 5 speed.  Ford would 
> have charged me around $500 to fix it if I had the car towed into the 
> dealer. The local towing company refused to tow the car as I had 
> installed a trailer hitch & under the bumper rear fog lights. 
> Europeans know what rear fog lights are but most Americans don't. In 
> response, I went to the yellow pages & found a locksmith who was 
> familiar with Ford Focus ignition lock replacement who would come out 
> to my place. He replaced the ignition switch keyed to my origional key 
> & made me an aditional key for under $150. He said the key had a 
> transponder build into the key which does not have a battery but 
> somehow receives power to operate when it is put into the ignition 
> switch. There was also a special procedure he had to follow to make 
> the new key work. A blank key duplicated in a hardware store will open 
> the door, trunk & will physically then on the ignition
> I am sharing this info with you since I didn't know this info before I 
> called the locksmith. I suspect VW may have a similar system. I would 
> suggest you check with your local locksmith before going further & 
> also, please share your results with the rest of us.
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