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Old June 12th, 2012, 16:17   #1
Join Date: Sep 2006
Location: Colorado Springs
Default Remote won't unlock passenger or rear doors

I recently changed the battery and now the remote will not unlock either the passenger or rear doors. Will unlock the drivers side door and rear hatch (wagon). There is the familiar dlicking sound like it is working, but doors do not unlock. Power switch on drivers side console will unlock doors. Any ideas,

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Old June 12th, 2012, 17:21   #2
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What year, and model? Mine is 2005 Passat and the remote was dead when I got my car. I installed a new battery in remote and the only response I get is the red led on the remote comes on when I push the 3 buttons. I have the VCDS and tried to program the remote with no success. The instructions are not the best for my simple mind. I need very plain directions, step by step. I'll keep an eye on your notes. Same problem. Thanks. I like my used Passat.
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Old June 12th, 2012, 17:43   #3
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Is it the same as the Mk4 golf where the default setting is that you have to press the unlock button twice to unlock all doors or once for just the drivers door?

If so I'm sure that's just a vagcom setting
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Old June 13th, 2012, 05:26   #4
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Harken, I'm not in a place to look it up, but there's a procedure for this. Did you try searching? I can't recall precisely, but it was something like put the key in ignition, turn to acc, then push the unlock button.
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Old June 13th, 2012, 08:53   #5
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Thanks for all the replies. A couple of clarifications....the car battery was changed, not the remote battery. It is a 2004 passat wagon. Ususal procedure is to press twice to unlock the passenger/rear doors. hysterwv, I'll give your procedure a try.

Thanks again
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Old June 13th, 2012, 09:09   #6
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Found the fix...just had to unlock/lock the doors on the passengers side using passengers side switch. Remote now will unlock them.
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Old March 26th, 2013, 09:04   #7
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I have the same identical problem with my Jetta Wagon 03 TDI.
I had to boost the battery last week and now I have the same situation.
I will try the passenger's side switch tonight and update you.
Thanks for the Heads Up.
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Old March 30th, 2013, 15:56   #8
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We were also having the unlocking problem on the front passenger side door. I just tried your suggestion on our 2004 Passat wagon. It seems to have worked.
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