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Experience:  VW FastTrack '00-'01, VW Academy Chicago and Seattle '00-present, VW Certified
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Volkswagen Passat GLS: 1998 Volkswagen Passat 20 valve turbo.

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1998 Volkswagen Passat 20 valve turbo. Battery died now alarm goes off when you try and start. Will not start. Replaced batteries in key fob still wont unlock doors.
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: VW
Expert:  gomi_otaku replied 2 years ago.
Do you have the battery charged up? I am assuming this is actually a 98, not a 2008? Put the key in the door lock, connect the battery, and turn the key to unlock the doors. Check to make sure the doors lock and unlock, if not then you may have a broken wire in the door harness- in that case, try the other door.
If you have two keys, or a key and a screwdriver, you can program the remotes. Put one key in the ignition, and turn it on. With the other key, or with a screwdriver with the door handle removed, turn the door cylinder to unlock and hold it there until you hear three short beeps. At that point, press the button on the remote, lights should flash and beep once. Then turn and hold the key to unlock again to accept the setting.
Customer: replied 2 years ago.

it is a 1998, the battery was shot we replaced with new battery, i do have two keys however the remote is broken i believe becuse battery was replaced and remote still does not work. i was told by volkswagon i have to just bring it in and with ho9w much money weve dumped into this car there has to be a better solution

Expert:  gomi_otaku replied 2 years ago.
If the remote DOES work, but has lost it's adaptation to the vehicle, the method I gave you is a quick method for programming the remote- if it works, then your remote is OK, if not, then you have lost nothing but a couple minutes of time.
You may just need to put a key in the door lock cylinder and unlock all doors, disconnect the battery, turn the cylinder to unlock and release it again, just so it is aligned in that direction, then reconnect the battery. The LED on the door panel should not be flashing that the alarm is armed.
Customer: replied 2 years ago.

okay and sorry for the delay i will try this ASAP, we bought the car from someone an hour away and had it at a friends shop so we have an hour drive every time we have a new idea to fix it i apologize if it takes awhile for a response because i8 have to drive to the car and try and see if it works. i reead about the door thing online and tried it before the battery was replaced but the battery couldnt hold the charge without being jumped, will try asap and get back to you, thanks

Expert:  gomi_otaku replied 2 years ago.
Ok, let me know how it goes.