How to Duplicate Key and Program Key Fob for 2001 Audi TT Felix Wong

When I purchased my 2001 Audi TT Quattro Roadster, the seller only had one key to provide me. Not having a backup key made me a bit apprehensive because if I, say, accidentally locked the key inside the trunk or—worse—lost it altogether, a locksmith could charge $500 and replacing the entire ignition lock for a new set of keys could cost upwards of $1000. Not to mention the great inconvenience of needing either service.

So I spent over an hour searching various Audi forums about how to duplicate the key and program the remote key fob. I encountered a lot of conflicting information and non-specific suggestions and speculation along with many uncomfortable price quotes. So this post is intended to clear up confusion for any other first-generation Audi TT owners out there by recounting exactly what I did in order to get a duplicate key and fob.

These were the specific steps I took:

  1. Purchased online a new remote flip key from Your Keyless Remote for $61.99. This included the key blank, the keyless entry transmitter fob, fob battery (already installed) and shipping. (There were no taxes for this Colorado resident.) Note: it appears these are even less expensive on eBay!
  2. Brought my original key into Lock Safe Systems in my hometown of Fort Collins, Colorado. (I found them after visiting FindALocksmith.com, which lists members of the Associated Locksmiths of America.) They were able to cut the new key blank for $35 (no taxes on labor). It took them about 20 minutes to do so. This did not include programming the key fob, which they insisted I’d have to do myself.
  3. Followed the instructions below to program the remote key fob.

Total cost of the above: $96.99.

I consider how much I paid for this backup key “not too bad” considering all the different prices folks were quoting on various help forums. E.g., $200 from from a locksmith and $230-350 from a dealer (which would require a wait since the dealer would have to order the key). And again, locking out or losing an only key would incur even greater costs for a rescue.

Consider the spare a form of insurance, then. I am keeping the backup key in a safe.

Instructions for Programming Key Fob for 2001 Audi TT

The following instructions were provided by Your Keyless Remote when I bought the key blank and remote transmitter from them.

  1. Insert first key in ignition. Turn that key to the accessory position without starting the vehicle.
  2. Insert second key in driver’s door. Manually lock the door (turn right, clockwise).
  3. Press ‘lock’ on the new remote.
  4. After one second, press ‘lock’ again. Car should beep/chirp/flash lights to confirm programming complete.

Actually, I think Step 1 is unnecessary. This is because a few months ago—when I only had one key—I replaced the battery on the original remote key fob and the remote no longer worked. I successfully programmed it by doing steps 2-4.

The above is all I had to do to get my key and key fob working. If you are still having problems, see below.


What to Do if the Above Instructions Didn’t Resolve All Your Duplicate Key Issues

According to helpful readers of this site, there are two scenarios where the above instructions may be insufficient: 1) if your car was a “2001.5” model year Audi TT or later and thus had an immobilizer chip in the key, and 2) if the above instructions don’t allow you to reprogram more than one key fob for some reason.

Immobilizer Chip

Apparently, some Audi TTs built for the 2001 model year and beyond (say, “2001.5+”) had an immobilizer chip embedded into the key. My understanding is that without this chip, the key is basically just a valet key, where the car would run in a crippled state. OR it may not allow you to turn on the car at all. I’m not sure which is the case, as my particular 2001 Audi TT Quattro Roadster does not have one.

However, if it turns out your TT does have an immobilizer chip, you can do the following:

For anyone that runs into this problem of having to also program the immobilizer chip located in the key half of the remote: you should be able to find a locksmith that can also program that for you. If you call the Your Keyless Remote at 815-675-0404 they can locate a locksmith for you near to you. I’d recommend to get a quote from locksmith for how much cutting the key alone is, how much for the chip programming, and how much for both. Have him cut the key first and try it real quick (turning on your car). If it turns on you’re good to go, if not run back in there and have him program the immobilizer chip.

Apparently it sounds like (from what I’ve been reading) Audi TTs made in 2001.5 forward have the immobilizer chip and earlier 2001 cars don’t. That may be why Felix’s remote doesn’t have one.

Thanks to Luis who shared this valuable information in the comments.

Programming More than One Key Fob

For at least one reader, the instructions at the top were insufficient for programming multiple key fobs. If that’s the case, follow the instructions below.

Steps to reprogram keys to a car they are already linked to:
1. Press and hold the unlock key on a remote
2. Insert key in ignition and turn to on (while still holding unlock)
3. Hold unlock while in the on position for 2 seconds
4. Turn key to off, remove from ignition and release button.

Do this for each remote. Relink to seat positions (press and hold mem position #, then unlock button for 2 seconds and release both) and done.

To program new remotes on a car never linked to previously:

1. Take a key (valet key works best, put it into the ignition and turn the key to the “on” position, so the dashboard lights come on.
2. Roll down the driver’s side window (not required, but a good idea in case there’s a problem).
3. Exit the car and close the door.
4. With a second key, physically lock the doors by turning the key clockwise (don’t use a remote).
5. Take the first remote to be programmed, press the unlock button. The lights will flash once.
6. Wait 10 seconds and press the unlock button. The doors should unlock. That first transmitter is now programmed.

***If you have only one key skip to step 16. Otherwise continue to step 7.***

7. Lock the door again (physically) with the key, (not the remote) by turning clockwise.
8. Press the unlock button two times with a one second interval in between, the lights will flash with each button press for a total of two flashes.
9. Wait 10 seconds and press the unlock button. The doors should unlock. The second transmitter is now programmed.

***If you have three keys proceed to step 10. Otherwise skip to step 16.***

10. Lock the door again (physically) with the key, (not the remote) by turning clockwise.
11. Press the unlock button three times with a one second interval in between, the lights will flash with each button press for a total of three flashes.
12. Wait 10 seconds and press the unlock button. The doors should unlock. The third transmitter is now programmed.

***If you have four keys proceed to step 13. Otherwise skip to step 16.***

13. Lock the door again (physically) with the key, (not the remote) by turning clockwise.
14. Press the unlock button four times with a one second interval in between, the lights will flash with each button press for a total of four flashes.
15. Wait 10 seconds and press the unlock button. The doors should unlock. The fourth transmitter is now programmed.

16. Remove the key from the ignition.

Make sure that to test the newly program remotes, the original key is removed from the ignition since this exits the programming process. Someone might be a bit frustrated trying to test it with it still in ‘program’ mode.

At least one Audi TT owner has had some difficulty accessing the programming mode. If it doesnt work then take the key out of the ignition and start over. Rinse, lather, repeat. It will go eventually.

If you are still having problems after trying it more times than you can count, check the key is right one for year of car or that the key and battery are good.

Thanks to Jeff who shared this valuable information in the comments.

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55 comments on “How to Duplicate Key and Program Key Fob for 2001 Audi TT

  1. Comment by angel

    thanks so much for the info! I just got a 2001 TT and one of the keys is pretty messed up (maybe it got run over?)
    I figured I would have to spend about $200 for a new one. This post might help me.

    ~Angel

  2. Comment by Andy

    Brilliant post.

    I’ve got a 2001 TT with one key and a few minutes ago I nearly locked my keys in the boot. Just realised in time…

    Time to get a spare sorted I think!

    Thanks for the info

  3. Comment by Paulo

    Hi,

    I only had one key and I lost it. If a get a new key do you know how can I program it? Because I wouldn’t have the first key that you mentioned for the procedures.

    • Comment by Felix

      Paulo, I believe (but am not positive) what you’ll have to do is contact your Audi dealership with your VIN. They might be able to order a new key for you from the factory. Once you do that, you can follow my procedure to program your keyfob.

      Failing acquisition of a new key, the Audi dealership may need to replace some components on your car. People on the Internet said that would cost over >US$1000. Whatever the price it’s not going to be cheap. Good luck!

  4. Comment by Melanie Anderson

    Hi!

    Thank you so much for this post I hope it will save me a ton of money. One question. On the website you gave they say that it comes with no programming instructions for the 2001 audi tt key and that you have to take it in to a dealer to program it. This isn’t true base on your post here is it? I need the key to use to get a remote car starter installed- will the key have all the same functions as the original key based on your programming instructions? Thanks for the help!

    • Comment by Felix

      Hi Melanie. The website for YourKeylessRemote.com does say “programming instructions are not included; This device requires cutting and programming by a dealership or locksmith,” but I think they just have it on there for legal protection in case a customer ran into programming issues. Because they did in fact include the directions noted in my post, and programming of the keyfob for 2001 Audi TT’s can be done by yourself!

      So don’t worry, the disclaimer they put on their website (at least for early 2001 TT’s) is untrue. [Edit September 26, 2013: It appears that some later 2001 and beyond TT’s have an embedded immobilizer chip and additional programming is required.]

    • Comment by Felix

      I can’t say for sure. I would speculate the process would be the same since a 2003 TT is of the same generation of a 2001, but more research is warranted. If you find out the answer, please let us know.

  5. Comment by Jon

    This way worked for me
    1 make sure the car is open
    2 put the key you want to program in the drivers door
    3 lock the car manually
    4 keep the key in the door; press the lock button once and the indicators should flash
    5 take the key out and all is done

  6. Comment by Jessica

    Hi,

    The metal blade snapped off of my key, I have an Audi TT 2000. I lost that blade and it was my spare. It’s stuck in a parking garage and can’t get a tow truck to get access to the garage. I ordered a key from Audi via my VIN number. Will this key work on my car? Will they have to program it?

    • Comment by Felix Wong

      The key should work on your car if Audi creates the right key based off of the VIN number. You won’t have to reprogram the key fob since I presume you will already be using your existing one, and it is already programmed.

      If not, reprogramming is easy per the steps listed in my post.

      Good luck!

  7. Comment by Sergio

    Thank you for clearing this up. lots of forums saying how to do it but nobody actually confirming until now if it also set the transponder up 🙂

  8. Comment by Sergio Roncella

    Update of my post. I have tried and tried to pair my second key with the above info. I can get the new key to lock/unlock now. It the key safe icon in the dash is flashing and won’t start the engine. The original does. Any ideas please?

    • Comment by Felix

      Guessing your TT was made later than mine (2001) and the key has an immobilizer chip. You will need to find a locksmith or dealer who can program the immobilizer chip. Good luck!

  9. Comment by Karim

    Hi,
    My fob doesn’t contain any panic buttom, its a 2000 Audi TT. I couldn’t find a similar one on YourKeylessRemote.com! Any ideas? ( It ends with an A letter on the serial number inside it )

  10. Comment by Karim

    Thank you! By the way, I know you can separate the key to two pieces when changing the battery, but can we also open the part with the key? Cause when I press the bottum to open the key, it stops in the middle of the way! Thank you again.

    • Comment by Felix

      I’m guessing the blade isn’t concentric on its shaft. However, being about 9,000 miles away from my key right now (in Europe right now), I can’t confirm how easy it is to remove the blade or the shaft. Hopefully you have figured it out. Good luck!

  11. Comment by Luis

    First off, thank you tons for this post. The internet needs more awesome people like you!

    My question is:

    I just spoke to a dealership parts person, and he tells me that there is an immobilizer chip that acts as an “antenna” like gadget that enables you to turn on the car. I realize it is simple to program the wireless entry remote portion of the key, but this “chip” is not mentioned in your post. Big thanks in advance for any advice.

    • Comment by Felix

      Thanks Luis!

      I believe that the keys for 2001 Audi TTs did not have such a chip but I do not know for sure when they were implemented (2003?).

      Anyone with better information, please comment.

  12. Comment by Luis

    IMMOBILIZER CHIP

    For anyone that runs into this problem of having to also program the immobilizer chip located in the key half of the remote: you should be able to find a locksmith that can also program that for you. If you call the Your Keyless Remote at 815-675-0404 they can locate a locksmith for you near to you. I’d recommend to get a quote from locksmith for how much cutting the key alone is, how much for the chip programming, and how much for both. Have him cut the key first and try it real quick (turning on your car). If it turns on you’re good to go, if not run back in there and have him program the immobilizer chip.

    Apparently it sounds like (from what I’ve been reading) Audi TTs made in 2001.5 forward have the immobilizer chip and earlier 2001 cars don’t….
    That may be why Felix’s remote doesn’t have one.

    Felix you may want to add this to your post?

  13. Comment by jeff w

    tried this and it worked. Both keys start the car now, however my original keyfob buttons do not work now. Has this happened to anyone? any suggestions? thank you

        • Comment by Felix

          Major bummer. I’m surprised it didn’t work. Did you try steps 1-4 in the instructions above? I only needed to do 2-4, but maybe in your case, having two keys (with one inserted into the ignition in the accessory position) is critical?

          If you did, I’m not sure what to do in your case then. What year is your car?

  14. Comment by jeff w

    ok, so finally, with a combo of your helpful info and the info below I was able to get my audie key working along with the keyfob buttons.. so, for ^4 for key/keyfob and $12 to have the key cut and some time and info from you I did it… saving a couple hundred dollars. Thanks!
    Steps to reprogram keys to a car they are already linked to:
    1. Press and hold the unlock key on a remote
    2. Insert key in ignition and turn to on (while still holding unlock)
    3. Hold unlock while in the on position for 2 seconds
    4. Turn key to off, remove from ignition and release button.

    Do this for each remote. Relink to seat positions (press and hold mem position #, then unlock button for 2 seconds and release both) and done.

    To program new remotes on a car never linked to previously:

    1. Take a key (valet key works best, put it into the ignition and turn the key to the “on” position, so the dashboard lights come on.
    2. Roll down the driver’s side window (not required, but a good idea in case there’s a problem).
    3. Exit the car and close the door.
    4. With a second key, physically lock the doors by turning the key clockwise (don’t use a remote).
    5. Take the first remote to be programmed, press the unlock button. The lights will flash once.
    6. Wait 10 seconds and press the unlock button. The doors should unlock. That first transmitter is now programmed.

    ***If you have only one key skip to step 16. Otherwise continue to step 7.***

    7. Lock the door again (physically) with the key, (not the remote) by turning clockwise.
    8. Press the unlock button two times with a one second interval in between, the lights will flash with each button press for a total of two flashes.
    9. Wait 10 seconds and press the unlock button. The doors should unlock. The second transmitter is now programmed.

    ***If you have three keys proceed to step 10. Otherwise skip to step 16.***

    10. Lock the door again (physically) with the key, (not the remote) by turning clockwise.
    11. Press the unlock button three times with a one second interval in between, the lights will flash with each button press for a total of three flashes.
    12. Wait 10 seconds and press the unlock button. The doors should unlock. The third transmitter is now programmed.

    ***If you have four keys proceed to step 13. Otherwise skip to step 16.***

    13. Lock the door again (physically) with the key, (not the remote) by turning clockwise.
    14. Press the unlock button four times with a one second interval in between, the lights will flash with each button press for a total of four flashes.
    15. Wait 10 seconds and press the unlock button. The doors should unlock. The fourth transmitter is now programmed.

    16. Remove the key from the ignition.

    Make sure that to test the newly program remotes, the original key is removed from the ignition since this exits the programming process. Someone might be a bit frustrated trying to test it with it still in ‘program’ mode.

    I had some diffuculty accessing the programming mode. If it doesnt work then take the key out of the ignition and start over. Rinse lather repeat. It will go eventually.

    If you are still having problems after trying it more times than you can count, check the key is right one for year of car or that the key and battery are good.

    • Comment by Felix

      Wow! Glad you got it working, Jeff, and thanks for the update. That seems a little more complicated than what I had to do for my 2001 Audi TT Quattro Roadster. I liked how you also had details on what to do if you have multiple keys.

      Just to clarify, what model is your 2002 Audi? Is it a TT too, yes?

  15. Comment by Mike

    Would you happen to know if the keys of an Audi TT 2001 Comfort module #8N7-962-267-A can be replaced by a 8N7-962-267-F. I am having a hard time to program my key on that new Comfort Module. (Not sure if it’s compatible) Let me know if you can help.

  16. Comment by Greg

    How do i re-program used fob key that was used on another vehicle? I’ve purchase same exact model from ebay, replace the cut of the key from my broken fob and when i tried those programming steps “The lights will flash once” I always get four flashes on that FOB key and i;ve tried all kinds of steps and nothing. Thanks!

    • Comment by jjs

      Greg, see my comments below. I had the exact same issue as you, you need to find your Master Key that came with the vehicle. The flashing lights are asking for a recognition/code from the Master Key.

  17. Comment by John

    Great info for sure!! One thing though, is this correct on step 2, “(turn right counterclockwise)?? You mean ” right clockwise” ?

  18. Comment by Saad

    I was looking around for a way to program my audi keys. Its a 2001 TT. Your procedure worked as expected. I also noticed that as each key was being programmed, a sure way to tell that it worked was to look for solid red led illuminating (on driver side door, lock LED), as i was pressing the lock button on my key fob, twice while trying to program.
    Another thing i observed was that, for the programming to work, put 1st key in acessory position in ignition. now close the driver side door, lock and look for the security led blinking red, now quickly press lock, release, wait 1 second and press lock again. DONE. (As described in above paragraph. upon each lock button press, you should notice the door lock led come solid until the lock button on key fob is released)
    On all unsuccessful tries, i did not notice the door security red led come solid.
    Hope these tips help someone out there.

  19. Comment by jjs

    I got a new fob cut for my 2001 Audi. The only way I was able to get it programed was I had to install the Master Key in the ignition and turn it to on. The install the new fob in the door and turn it to the right and press the lock button at the same time. Turned the audi off and remove the master key and all worked well. No other option worked even spending a couple hours with the lock smith who cut the key for me.

    If all else fails get you master key out…

  20. Comment by Robert

    So…I’m having a real hard time finding someone to cut a key for my 2000 TT. I have 2 new fobs, and everyone I’ve called has indicated that these instructions will not work.

    I’d love to prove them wrong, but can’t get my keys cut! I called the guy Felix lists on this site, and he was adamant about NOT being the guy who cut these keys?

    I live in Las Vegas…can anyone help?

    Thanks.
    RE

    • Comment by Felix Wong

      Hi Robert,

      I found the locksmith who was able to cut my keys by visiting http://www.findalocksmith.com, which lists locksmiths who are members of the Associated Locksmiths of America. That is after I bought the key blank and remote transmitter from http://www.yourkeylessremote.com/.

      Then I went into the shop and showed them my key. There were two guys in there, and one of them had some experience cutting the key. After the usual disclaimers (“we can cut it for you, but we can’t program the key fob”), they cut the key for me for $35. It totally worked and I am still using it to this day as my primary key.

      Doing a search on FindALocksmith for “automotive” locksmiths in Las Vegas yielded five results worth trying.

      It’s possible that the locksmiths you are calling are replying “no, I can’t cut a key” is because they don’t have the key blank on hand? So if you bought the key blank and remote from http://www.yourkeylessremote.com/, you might have better luck?

      Good luck!

  21. Comment by Robert

    Thanks Felix…I purchased my blanks from the folks you recommended…batteries and everything!

    It has just been a major pain finding someone to cut the keys. My thought was to mail the one and only key that I have for the car to the guy you used…at least I’d have what I needed to finish the job…

    Anyway, I’ll try the web search for locksmiths again and see what I can find.

    Thanks again…looking forward to getting this done!

    Robert

  22. Comment by Eugene Dean

    I can’t believe it is really that easy to program the key fob. I only have one key for my 2001 TT, and that is just asking for trouble. Let’s just hope that my car does not have one of those immobilizer chips. I am not the original owner, and I have no idea what part of 2001 it was made in.

    • Comment by Felix Wong

      I cannot say for certain, but I’m guessing the procedures would be the same. I would also assume that your 2002 has an immobilizer chip in it that will require programming.

  23. Comment by Dwight

    Just followed your instructions, worked perfectly. I have an audi tt 2000, question how do I get the key to open the trunk

    • Comment by Felix Wong

      I’m glad the instructions worked for you. On my TT Roadster, the key fob could unlock the car doors (3rd button) and trunk (2nd button) with no problem after it was programmed. Do you mean this is not the case for you?

  24. Comment by Doug

    Got the original key working again, used the valet key in the ignition. Will work on the new key later…..

  25. Comment by Gary

    This is a great site Felix, and I needed several tries at the different methods to get a backup new key fob programmed when I bought by 2000 TT Coupe, imported from Japan under the 15 year rule. My particular car, even though a 2000, does have an immobilizer instrument cluster. So I have to date succeeded at 2 out of 3 actions: 1/ Found a laser keycutter in Vancouver, BC, Westcoast locksmiths. Their $13K cutter will duplicate the original new slots in your key by using some sort of heuristic algorithm to recognize the wear in your old key. Ten minutes and I had a working key blade 2/ Programmed the new key remote using the outside door lock method. Unfortunately, for some reason this deprogrammed my original key so I had to use the door Unlock method (wait 10 seconds and press Unlock again. ) This of course took a few dozen trial and error tries before I got it to work, but I now have remote lock unlock on the new key. But due to the immobilizer, I can start the car with the new key, but it stalls right away as soon as I release the starter. So I’ve ordered a Vag Commander cable to read the Special Key Code (SKC) from the cluster. I can apparently then use Vag Com/VCDS to program the key to the cluster. I’ll post the result. Trying everything to avoid using the dealer. I am into it about $110 US right now though, with the purchase of Vag commander (I already own a VCDS cable, that would have been another $300) so still not cheap.

    • Comment by Felix Wong

      That sounds like a pretty arduous process for your imported-from-Japan TT in Vancouver… I admire your perseverance. Good luck with the Vag commander! Did it work?

  26. Comment by Per Nygren

    Got to lover the internet and all helpful fellow car owners. I just bought an Audi TT 2002 and it came with two key fobs but only one worked with the remote. I replaced the batteries like I have done on all my other cars over the years – nothing – dead as a doornail – then I followed step 2,3 and 4 at the very top of this blog and the keyfob worked again! I also learned that the physical key would be enough to lock and alarm the car, and to unlock and drive, this is good to know since most of our newer cars are keyless and you would be dead in the water without the key fob. Thanks for the tip on how to make the fob work again after changing batteries.

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