SIDEWINDER KEYS for Volkswagen cars
Some people have inquired about the performance
rating of my services.
I do not participate
in social media, sorry, no twitter, no facebook. I have 2 demonstration 15 second youtube videos.
I get referals from tdiclub.com newbeetle.org vwvortex.com among other websites.
The key service is an avocation within my
vocation of VW repair and service. So far as I know, all of my key customers are satisfied, no paypal chargebacks, etc. In
the last 2 years, over 500 key transactions. Your invoice number will reflect that.
I try to provide a service for the 1998 to 2005 cars in order to avoid going to the dealer
where there is a lot of misinformation.
information offered here is free, there is no obligation when you inquire. I do not spell out all costs until you at least
give me a vin or model year in order to give you the correct information.
I have been making keys since 1983, first for myself, then by mail through the 80's, then by fax
thru the 90's then by digital picture when email and the internet came about. I have made thousands of keys since the early
Click here for older keys 1949 to 1979
here for 80's and 90's keys
SIDEWINDER KEYS = inner profile HAA
own a 2006 to 2013 Volkswagen Beetle, Golf, Jetta, Passat, Touareg, Tiguan, Phaeton, Routan,
CC. You will need to see your local Volkswagen Dealer for keys. Keys sold on the internet and ebay will not
work with these cars. We can help with the price of keys and remotes. But you will have to visit your VW dealer to have the
new key activated. 2010-2013 please see your local VW dealer, the pricing is really not that bad unless you have a "stealership".
New keys will turn in the lock but the engine will not start. Making the engine run is a separate function. Only a VW
dealer can make your new 2006 to 2013 key start the engine. If you need a hide-a-key solution, we can help with that,
but the key will not start the car.
Both sides of the key are cut the same, valet keys have the same cut too.
Take a picture of you key today, it may be your spare
someday as a new key can be made from that photo.
Send it to the
cloud or yourself. It costs you nothing, it may be priceless one day, for you. Especially if you only have one key.
After you send your vin and a picture of one side of your key blade (both sides are the
same) pointing to the right, you will then receive a list of items and options specific to your Volkswagen. Your order number
will be your key cutting code 4 digit number. Nobody else but me or a VW dealer could tell you your key code from a picture
or VIN. This is not your skc immo code.
Please do not send mega-pixel pictures, kb is ok. FOCUS
is important. A 15 mega-pixel image is worthless if blurry. The image on this page is less than 19000 bytes thats 0.019 kb
or 0.000000019 mega-pixel.
your choices and an itemized paypal invoice will be sent. Keys are cut and mailed 2 business days after payment is received.
You will receive an email from paypal with tracking information when I ship your order with Paypal shipping.
Please do not call us on the phone about sidewinder keys.
Send us an email with your vin and if possible an image of your key blade. We really cannot stop what
we are doing and answer questions on the phone without that information first. You will receive a reply with prices,
and instructions according to your specific car.
Can I really do this?:
is yes, since 2006 making sidewinder keys without one to copy from, using only a picture to determine the key code, providing
keys by vin for cars with lost keys. I specialize in Volkswagen keys only.
1982 I have been cutting keys for the older Volkswagens. Customers would leave their car and forget to leave the key. Within
minutes, I could make a key and service the car, and charge the customer for the extra key..... they were cheap back then.
Code cutting: Is when you cut the key without a key to physically copy. Copy cut is when the key is present and you
use it to copy the pattern to the new key being cut. Very few people actually have a spare key to send for me to copy.
I usually code cut every new key. By doing this, it does not put your only key at risk of being lost in the mail, twice,
on the way here and on the way back to you.
Since 2000 All VW vehicles
are now equipped with a state of the art electronic Immobilizer anti-theft system. The critical component in this system is
a sophisticated electronic anti-theft device—the Immobilizer. The Immobilizer activates when the ignition key is removed
and, together with the engine control unit, largely prevents unauthorized starting of the engine. The Immobilizer interacts
with a transmitter and receiver unit (transponder) in the key body (not the remote portion). Whenever an attempt
is made to start the engine, the Immobilizer transmits a new code to the car's electronics. The Immobilizer keeps the ignition,
fuel and steering systems locked unless a key with the proper code is used to start the vehicle.
The Smart Key
From 2000 to date, even an exact
physical duplicate of a key cannot start the vehicle unless the key's transponder and the vehicle's Immobilizer have been
coded to each other. A handshake that requires software to complete.
Replacing a transponder key can be costly. Coding a replacement key
for your vehicle requires the Vagtacho software. This equipment can also be used to disable a key which is lost or stolen
by reactivating the remaining keys to the vehicle. Since the absent key is not present, it will not be included in the group
of keys that are authorized to start the car.
Key = something that
starts the car,
Remote = something that opens the doors.
One has nothing to do with the other. They are separate systems, the parts just clip together.
A "fob" is that decorative thing that hangs on your key ring, not
a key, not a remote.
A laser had nothing to do with making your key, it did not cut it, nobody has a laser to cut keys.
The groove is milled on a machine, it just cuts a groove that is not straight = the term sidewinder.
key application 1998 to 2005.5
This guide will be updated as information and applications are verified. Volkswagen does not
have a comprehensive
application guide or chart. Nor is their parts application of these remotes complete or specific.
Please understand any remote for that year group of Volkswagen can be matched to any VW in the same
This is called matching the remote to the car. This is the 2 key procedure and has nothing to do with the key
One remote can be matched to any number of Volkswagens that it is designed to work for. It transmits a digital
signal. You teach the car to respond to that unique signal. Have a 2002 Jetta, Passat, Golf and New Beetle, it can open doors
on all of them, and if the 4 cars are close together, it can lock and unlock all of them at the same time.
activated. The car sends a pulse through a coil of wire located around the ignition switch. The chip in the key is excited.
If the chip has been imprinted with the identity of that car it will see its reflection and allow the motor to run.
previously activated to a different car cannot be imprinted with a new identity. (write only) so used keys will not work on
another VW. Only the remote portion can be used with another Volkswagen.
Most often misunderstood is programming.
Programming the button REMOTE portion of the folding key unit is simple and is referred to as matching.
need 2 keys. Test: You must be able to lock the drivers door and have the red led alarm light next to the lock button blink.
If it does not blink, the alarm does not know the door is closed and will not go into matching mode. If it does blink, it
is working properly, you can then proceed.
Put one key in the ignition switch, turn ignition on, do
not start engine. Close the door,(you are outside of the car) use 2nd key, turn door lock and hold in lock position
for 10 seconds. Release key to neutral position.
Press a button on the remote, wait 2 seconds and press the
same button again, the turn signal lights will flash.
This indicates your remote matches the car system and is now recognized.
Unlock the door with the key, remove the other key from the ignition. Have all keys and remotes in your hand. Close the
door. (you are outside the car) Remote should now work
Remotes DO NOT WORK with the ignition on or if a key is in the
ignition switch. They only respond during matching with the ignition on. If you have more than one remote, you must repeat
the procedure and REMOVE the key from the ignition each time. Removing the key from the ignition finalizes the procedure.
to 2007 Volkswagens using the H P or Q remote, same procedure, but only unlock door with key and don't hold it, then press
So don't pay someone or a dealer for these instructions in hopes of getting the KEY to function with the
Instructions are only for the keyless remote, not the key.
The HAA keys are cut by using your serial number to the car (vin dependent) There is a 4 digit key code, unless
you are the original owner or you have the black zip tie tag that was attached to the black valet key, you will
not have the key code. We use an image of your key to verify the code to be cut. I provide the key code as a courtesy
during the ordering process, it is your order number. There are over 6000 codes.
contained here-in are for the Volkswagens in North America. Volkswagen has 7 markets worldwide. Due to frequency licensing
in different countries the remotes will have other part numbers similar to ones here in the USA. Example, the oval 2 button
E and the 3 button F in Europe are G and H. Asia uses A and B. They are not interchangeable between countries.
Here is the short version of keys and systems:
2000 to 2001 Golf, Jetta & Beetle:
any HAA key with a new rfid chip can work, 3 button remote = 1J0959753F and 1J0959753T. yes, immobilizer system CONTACT US by clicking here to order a key, please include your vin, also include a picture of the key
pointing to the right You will receive your key cutting code and a price list of keys available for your Golf Jetta or
Beetle. I sell software to avoid dealer visit.
2002 to 2005.6 Beetle,
Passat, Golf, Jetta: any HAA key with a new rfid chip can work, remote= 1J0959753AM or DC . yes, immobilizer
system CONTACT US by clicking here to order a key, please include your vin, also include a picture of the key
pointing to the right You will receive your key cutting code and a price list of keys available for your 2002 to 2005.6
Golf Jetta Passat Beetle. I sell software to avoid dealer visit.
to 2009 Golf, Jetta; newer HAA key 1T0, remote= 1K0959753H, 1K0959753P, yes, immobilizer system. Dealer visit required.
2005.7 to 2006.2 New Beetle; newer HAA key 1K0, remote= 1J0959753AM or DC, yes,
immobilizer system & dealer visit.
2006.3 to 2010 New Beetle; newer HAA
key 1T0, remote = 1J0959753AM or DC, yes, immobilizer system & dealer visit.
in 2010 the remote and key are one unit similar to the Phaeton and Touareg
to 2010.12 Jetta 5K0837202 ( 3 button)
2011.1 to 2012.5 jetta 5K0837202Q
2012.4 up Jetta 5K0837202ad 3 button
up Jetta 5K0837202ae (4 button)
note: decimal point refers to month of manufacture 2006.3 means March, 2005.6 means June
security key system is like the old bug with the cart in front of the horse, you program the car to the key, not the key to
Starting in 1998 with the New Beetle and Passat, 1999 with the Golf IV and Jetta IV, the key may have
a chip but does not need a chip, and does not need to be activated. The remote has the oval 3 button HLO 1J0 959 753
F (2 button E) . The remote does not have the chrome bar on the end, only the corner swivel loop to attach to a key ring.
This remote will not work with 2001 and newer Volkswagens except Passat 98-01.5 without yellow key car light. (see picture
below) 1J0959753F original application 11/98 to 04/00 does not have transponder computer chip for 5/99 to 05/01
and newer Some models, the transition date is different, look for the yellow car with the key under it when you turn the ignition
on. Picture of 2000 jetta dash, see the yellow car? It only comes on for a few seconds when you turn the ignition on. Using
a key not coded to the car will cause the light to blink and the engine will shut off. New beetle has the light at the top
center of the speedometer and looks like the New Beetle outline.
1J0959753T original application 10/00 to 05/01 but will work from 11/98 to 05/01 New Beetle, Golf,
Jetta, Passat (original may look like F) 1J0959753AM original application 06/01 to 2005 New Beetle, Golf, Jetta, Passat but
will not work on 05/01 and older cars In 2000 model year (around May 1999) the transition take place with immobilizer 1, (immo
1) the addition of a computer chip inside the key portion of the flip key. 2001 is a transition year. The remote changes to
the squared buttons but the frequency of the button remote is the same as the older Volkswagens with the oval buttons. This
remote will work on the older cars but not the newer cars. HLO 1J0 959 753 T It can be matched but not to the keyless entry
of 2002 (May 2001) and newer Volkswagens. It has the newer look with the chrome bar on the end.
Starting late in 2001 to 2005 the squared button remote has a more common part number HLO 1J0 959 753 AM. This
remote has a different frequency that works only to Golf IV Jetta IV Passat and New Beetle. It has the chrome bar and
a computer chip. Replaced by HLO 1JO959753DC . You will need to use the Vagtacho software sold below or a VW dealer or Automotive
Locksmith to activate the key. After the key is cut, it will work in the locks, start the engine, but the engine will
shut off as a theft prevention if the engine computer has not been activated to recognize it. The security code can be found
under the scratch-off on your key tag that came on the valet key when the car was new. If you have that, you can use Vag-com
software because you have the security code to enter system 17or purchase the Vagtacho software from me.
This key will work in 2000 and older Volkswagens but the 3 button remote will not. It has a different frequency.
Staring in 2005.5 the immobilizer III system started with canbus system. Only a VW dealer can activate these keys.
Flip Key 1998 to 2005.5: The portion of the key that is the key has a part number.
This part number is never advertised because it is missing from the flip portion unlike the remote part. Your VW dealer sells
you that part separate from the button remote part. That is why a remote key UNIT is so expensive. The key portion is $50
and the remote button portion is $80 for Passat and Jetta 2005 to 2007 HOL 1JO959753P, HLO 1K0959753H The Touareg 2004 to
2006 HLO 3D0959753T The Phaeton HLO 3DO959753F
If you have a broken key blade, have it copied or code cut and
install the blade, back onto your keyless entry unit.
No activation is needed.
If you have a good key blade but
the remote is damaged or the flip mechanism cam is broken you can replace the cam key blade holding portion. Go to the
bottom of this page to buy the cam repair kit.
No activation is needed. Separate the remote from the flip key. Pry the
Under the emblem is a Phillips screw, remove it. ( I sell replacement cam with pin and emblem)
The halfs will separate. In the long slot there is a glass pill, looks like a long black grain of rice.
That is the
computer chip. Remove the chip from the old flip and install in the new flip. It may be glued in, DO NOT BREAK IT $$$.
Now the computer will recognize the new flip key as the old flip key. See picture at the bottom of this page.
damage the glass chip, acetone will dissolve the glue, it must soak wet for 2 minutes, break it $$$ and car will not
start. Glass is not affected by acetone.
All flip keys are Main keys.
The key pictured here is a Main key 219R profile HAA.
The all black Valet key 219AK profile NAA is a different blank (aka
the mechanics key), it is cut the same but will not enter the glove box or trunk lock. There is a main key that it black 219S
but it is the same price as the blue/white emblem key. There is no such thing as a master key for VW. (that would
be like the key housekeeping uses in a hotel and the rooms are different cars) Markings on the key, Huff, w3, etc mean nothing,
they are not codes. These keys do not have codes marked on them, some of the lock bodies are laser scribed with the 4 digit
lock code. Remove the door handle from the outside of the car, code is on body of cylinder housing.
Cabrio uses the key pictured above, there is no flip key application for the Cabrio. You must use the Clarion banjo
Cabrio 1999 does not have the immo system vin X806131 to X89900 but requires the
Siemans chip, key 3B0 R
Cabrio 2000 has the immo system vin Y800001 to Y804287
key 6N0 H system wfs2
Cabrio 2001 has the immo system vin Y804288 to 2002 models
key 6N0 P system wfs3
Even the regular key has a chip. In order to remove the chip for placement in defeating
the immo system you may have to apply drops of acetone on the chip to dissolve the glue holding it in place. A few drops
over 5 minutes will dissolve the glue. Then you can remove it without damage. The glass chip still in the key is from a Golf
Jetta or Passat, the monolith chip on the right is from a Cabrio or Eurovan.
The information provided here is free.
If it was worth it, or saved you time and money, please make a dontation, thanks
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You can choose 1st class mail for parcels less than 13 oz or Priority Mail,
both with free delivery confirmation, you can choose insurance too. No standing in line at the post office, just drop
it in the mailbox! 3 oz first class in a bubble envelope is $1.69 with paypal shipping.
DO NOT SEND KEYS IN PLAIN REGULAR ENVELOPE, contents will break out and be lost in the mail. Use bubble or padded
To send a flat metal key blade or key in a
regular envelope for 46 cents, it must be pointing up / down, taped in place and sidewinder keys are thick, thin cardboard
must be used to keep the thickness uniform or the rollers in the high speed postal processing machines will catch it and damage
the machine and your key will be lost. See picture for example of how to mail a flat metal key.
After you send your vin and a picture of your key blade,
you will receive a list of items and options specific to your Volkswagen. Make your choices and an itemized paypal invoice
will be sent. Keys are cut and mailed 48hrs after payment is received. (weekends and holidays not included)
Pay through Paypal Paypal The items listed below are for single purchase and do not include any key cutting services. Please email for key cutting services
and lost key cutting services. firstname.lastname@example.org
wish to purchase more than 1 item, please email click here to email mark1service and a Paypal invoice will be sent. International sales require EMS shipping costs of $40 and
$30 to Canada, remember that North America remotes do not work in most other European countries unless your car is from the
Vagtacho cable and program 2.5 disc for retrieving your SKC and activating new keys 2000
cable does not work with other programs, program disc does not work with other cables
You cannot return
need to run xp on your windows 7, here is the link to microsoft download if it
will not run on 7, http://www.microsoft.com/windows/virtual-pc/download.aspx
Beetle, it will make the airbag light come on, the fault is the light itself
as it turns the cluster off then on when it reads the code.
I do not have the
ability to make you able to run the software, I can help you use it once you get it operational.
Vagtacho 2.5 on Windows 7 , Youtube link http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gv_9YXQs9NM
1. Download this file, unzip & save it (e.g. VAGTACHO folder on your desktop) > http://www.ftdichip.com/Drivers/D2XX.htm
(To unzip file you need to download ZIP 7 that allows you to unzip files http://www.7-zip.org/ )
Vagtacho cable into USB slot, windows will come up with an error saying something like "no drivers installed/found"(If
error doesn’t come up keep following the steps)
3. Close the warning message box & open Control Panel.
4. Go to View Devices & look for <USB - ISO> with a yellow exclamation mark.
5. Right Click &
select "Update Driver". (If you don’t see this option then go to PROPERTIES, then go to Hardware and click
on Properties, now go to change settings and you will see the option “Update Driver” click on it.
6. Select "Browse my computer for driver software".
7. Select "Let me pick from a list of drivers
on my computer".
8. New window opens, Click Button select all devices, and then go to "Have Disk"
9. New window opens, in drop down menu "Copy manufacturer's file from:" select C:\ where ever you saved
the file from above. Click ok, a new window might open, click ok.
10. Everything should be installed & ready
11. Check "Device Manager" & look for "USB Serial Converter", if you are showing
no conflicts (yellow exclamation marks) your ready to test.
12. Plug Vagtacho lead into car & test, everything
should be working.
All items purchased are not returnable.
Keys, remotes, software.
Any problem with
keys functioning will be corrected, defective items will be replaced.
|| HAA flip key blade, oem quality copper nickel zink uncut $15 (dealers can cut these)
new oval 3 button flip key remote 753F $79.99
oval 2 button version is available 753E
works on Volkswagens up to 2001
|| new square 3 button flip key remote 753T $79.99
2 button version is also available 753S
works on Volkswagen up to 2001
|| new square 3 button flip key remote 753AM $79.99
the 753 DC is the same remote
on Volkswagen up to 2002 to 2005
|| used clean square 3 button flip key remote 753AM $49.99
the 753 DC is the same remote
on most Volkswagens 2002 to 2005, new beetles to 2010
|| Used, would pass for new square 3 button flip key remote 753H $49.99
works on Volkswagens
2005 to 2006
|| new square 3 button flip key remote 753DJ $49.99
This is the same as the AM or DC but without
the panic button
works on Volkswagens 2002 to 2005
|| VW Hella Banjo Remote 99 1/2 to 2001 Golf Jetta 98 to 2001 Passat and New Beetle $99
The chip is often glued in place. Use Acetone to dissolve the glue.
(fingernail polish remover)
You will need to soak it with drops
for a few minutes. Do not break the chip if you are removing it.
|| Used oem chrome bar battery cover for square button remote $20
VAG COM & VAG 1552 Key Activation PROCEDURE
enter 17 cluster Q
enter 02 check fault
05 erase fault codes
11 login, enter 0 + 4 digit skc then press Q
10 = adaptation = # of keys you have present,
arrow up or down
wait for immo key light to turn off then insert next key, turn ignition on, wait for immo light to
turn off, repeat for key 3 and 4
Adaptation should be set to the number of keys that are present
system 46 Q
02 read codes
05 erase codes
00 clear learned values
10 = adaptation = arrow up
4 ->(it does not matter if you have less than 4 remotes)
Q then press button on first remote, wait for park lights to flash,
repeat for additional remotes
06 = end output, and you are done
If you have a 1993 to 1999 Volkswagen with the older
Clarion banjo style remote click here for program instructions
I am not
here to shove the sale of extra keys down your throat, however the loss of the last or only key to your car will cost you
dearly in inconvenience and money. Immobilizer cars may have to be towed to a VW dealer in order to activate a new key if
you do not know your skc or have a mobile locksmith who can activate a new key in the field. It is not easy to find someone
who can cut the sidewinder key. Do not assume that it can be done just anywhere. (no retail store cuts these keys) Some VW
dealers will only cut the keys they sell.
Your car came with 2 flip keys and a valet function
key. You can have up to 4 working keys that will start immobilizer cars. Non immo cars can have any number of keys but only
4 functioning remotes.
Any combination of flip, valet, regular main keys are possible for the
1998 to 2004 cars. The 2005 to 2010 cars can only have flip keys and valet keys.
If you have only
a badly worn flip key with a loose blade and dead remote. Make that your spare and keep it in the house somewhere. Purchase
2 or 3 new keys and put them into service. Should you part with the car for some reason (wrecked it) the remote portion can
be used in another Volkswagen of the same era or resold for another VW owner to use.
main keys and valet keys are worthless to anyone other than the owner of the car they go to. They cannot be reused. Once they
are cut, they will only work for that car. The blade cannot be replaced.
Volkswagen Flip Key Disassembley
In order to replace
the battery in your Volkswagen flip key you first need to disassemble your key. This takes a bit more force than most people
are willing to do, for fear of breaking it. But it won't break.
Here is how to replace the battery on the square button
flip key with red led from 2000 to 20010, and how to fix the silver bar that your keychain attaches to.
Grab the flip unit with a firm grip on each end and pull very hard. Do not do this with oval button
, use a screwdriver in the slot on the logo side and twist, to separate it.
The key will separate into two halfs.
Remote portion has the part number and manufature date
1J0959753AM 34/04 = week 34 of 2004
Use the key blade to carefully pry the halfs apart in the recess if you cannot actually separate by pulling alone
This is the remote slightly separated so you can see where the seam is.
Now for the battery removal.
Chrome bar is part of the battery cover.
If you need a new chrome
bar, purchase one above.
The battery is pretty simple, pop it out.
Use a pen or small screwdriver as shown.
The unmarked side faces
up. Numbers down
Battery Type: One CR2032 or
oval button has two of cr1620
battery markings are face down
Here is the 15 second
youtube video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RfiqkBUTyys