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VW Passat Family (NMS and B7) TDIs (2012+) Discussion area for the 2012+ Passat TDI (North American and rest of world versions versions). The North American model was previously codenamed NMS (New Midsize Sedan) and the version the rest of the world gets is sometimes referred to as B7.

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Old July 21st, 2018, 08:19   #1
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It was bound to happen. I found my Key FOB Monday morning in a pair of pants I washed Sunday night. I just put it in my garden window and forgot about it until now. I just grabbed the other key so I haven't used it yet.


Has anyone done this or will I be the source of new information? The car has keyless if that makes a difference.
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Old July 21st, 2018, 09:02   #2
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Did you leave the battery in the fob when you put it in the window?
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Old July 21st, 2018, 11:19   #3
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Yes, I just grabbed the other key and had to go. I just took the battery out and nothing looks wet. I might just see if it works.
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Old July 21st, 2018, 17:57   #4
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Based on past experience of a friend, it probably will not work and can potentially set the alarm off and cause a bit of craziness, only solution was to remove the battery and replace the key.
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Old July 21st, 2018, 18:05   #5
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Yes, I just grabbed the other key and had to go. I just took the battery out and nothing looks wet. I might just see if it works.
Let us know what happens.
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Old July 23rd, 2018, 05:35   #6
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I've heard some of the mk7 keys have gone through the wash without issues.

Also if it's 100% dead the passive RFID chip should still work (hold it up to the steering colum knock out to start), but you'll get "key not in range" alarm while driving.
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One reason I never have my keyfob in a pants pocket. I have a carbine clip on the keyfob and always clip that to a belt loop. Can't forget it there.
A very senior friend has his keyfob hung on a thingy around his neck.
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Not a Mk7, but I had this happen with a MkV Jetta. The key was left in a pair of jeans that were washed and dried. The key was discovered 2 weeks later. Battery had leaked a little. Cleaned up the insides with rubbing alcohol and let it dry. Replaced the battery and after a few attempts it started working again. Was good for the next 9 years until my son lost the key.
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Old July 27th, 2018, 09:37   #9
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One reason I never have my keyfob in a pants pocket. I have a carbine clip on the keyfob and always clip that to a belt loop. Can't forget it there.
A very senior friend has his keyfob hung on a thingy around his neck.
I haven't had occasion to give it a try yet. I like the clip idea. I think I like the necklace idea too.
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Look up how to disassemble it online and clean off the circuit board with electronic contact cleaner. Hose off the whole board with it and let it dry. Replace the battery and maybe you'll get lucky
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Old July 30th, 2018, 12:40   #11
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Open the fob clean with alcohol replace the battery and you should be fine. I've done this a few times my self. They always worked after doing this and I didn't have issues with my washed fobs. Make sure its dry and hit it with some air with a blow dryer not on the hot setting .
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Old August 25th, 2018, 08:01   #12
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I have been using the key that got washed for the last few days with no issues.
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