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Morning all,


My other half had her bag pinched on Saturday night, as such, we now have the headache of changing locks on the house. Fortunately that's a more simple job.


Also in the bag was her SLK250 key together with her ID and home address. (Minor panic, although we do have access to a garage at the house) - We have a spare key for now, however looking for suggestions/experience on ordering replacement keys/costs and/or reprogramming the current key to stop anyone being able to start the car with the other key.


I'm based in the UK (Aberdeen) in case that's relevant.


Your help would be appreciated.


Cheers

Ali
 

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I believe I read somwhere in Dutch forum that in such a case the dealer can lock the active keys with STAR so the car can not be started anymore. But yes, you will need to order a replacement key. No idea about the costs but isn't that covered by the insurance? I would contact the dealer.
 

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You need to take the car to a dealer and they wipe all the programmed keys from the car then add the key you still have back onto the car so it's usable. Then you'll need a new, programmed key. It'll be in the order of £300 once it's all done and dusted.

As mentioned above, you may well have list/stolen key cover as part of your insurance. If so, that should cover the cost.
 

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Although reprogramming the key would stop it being driven off with the original key, on our R170 you would still be able to unlock the drivers door manually. I don't know whether the alarm would activate, or not in such circumstances.
 

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Although reprogramming the key would stop it being driven off with the original key, on our R170 you would still be able to unlock the drivers door manually. I don't know whether the alarm would activate, or not in such circumstances.
That's a very good point. In theory, you'd need to change the door locks and the one on the glovebox.
 

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Without looking, I think there is only the ones in the doors. I'm 99.9% certain there is no boot key lock.

Bear in mind my experience is R170, which does have a boot lock.
You don't see it unless you look from underneath. It's not obvious standing next to the car.
Newer models, I have no idea. Worth looking first.


A pair of keys, plus at least two (maybe three) locks and then reprogramming is going to cost, even second hand.
 

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You need to take the car to a dealer and they wipe all the programmed keys from the car then add the key you still have back onto the car so it's usable. Then you'll need a new, programmed key. It'll be in the order of £300 once it's all done and dusted.

As mentioned above, you may well have list/stolen key cover as part of your insurance. If so, that should cover the cost.
That's about right, £250 for new key and £40 for removing old one from computer. And you have to wait for a new key for a couple of days.
 

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Newer models, I have no idea. Worth looking first.
Yup, they do. Sounds like it's in the same place. At least, I can attest to that on a 2014 SLK350.
 

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Really nice to know when you have a dead battery (learned the hard way). To say the keyhole is not obvious is an understatement.

Once road dirt gets on it, which is inevitable where the R170 lock is, only the desperate man will find it.
You have to be on your knees, praying for an answer before you see the light... I mean lock.
 
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