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#1 Old 03-02-2011
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Refreshing Key Fob on R170 Keys

http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/Foldi...#ht_2660wt_972

I just ordered the above item from eBay. My key fob was really messed up. The buttons were worn out smooth, the plastic casing was chipped and dinged over the years. Dealer wanted $180 for ordering a new key (with a $50 off sale), but I decided to go for this as the electronics in my key were still fine, I just needed a new shell.

For $19 it seems much better than $180 for a brand new key, and will feel like it as well.

Just thought I'd share in case anyone is in the same boat as me. Your car looks good, your old key needs to look the part as well!

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Let me know how that works out, my original key is pretty worn out.

I had to buy a second key, it was $180 without any sale pricing.


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I would like to know as well how it works, mine is on its last leg.
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go to the xfire forum and search for the key fob swap. the case isnt the easiest to get apart. the link will help you
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I played with the original key at the office today. With the help of a thread on the Crossfire forums (they use the same key) on how to take it apart and reassemble, it was pretty easy.

The shell comes apart stubbornly at first, since it is sort of "glued" together with some epoxy in the seams. Once apart, it is easy to swap the guts over from one to another. There is only one circuitboard, and only one way it can fit into the bottom shell. The tricky part is the key spring, which gives resistance as you retract the key into the fob. Getting the spring to sit in the correct position before you snap the top piece back on was the hardest part, but overall it wasn't all that difficult.

Now my key looks brand new, I even cleaned the metal key itself using some rubbing alcohol and a q-tip, looks shiny and new!

I highly recommend this low cost "mod"

Here is the thread from the crossfire forums that I found.

http://www.crossfireforum.org/forum/...ing.html#links

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Thanks for the info!

Did your fob have the little red window in the front?
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Just ordered one . . .

When I got my 230 it came with TWO keys! (lucky me) . . . one was well used and the red light was cracked . . . it is now my spare, so I am ordering a replacement fob for it. From the pics on e-bay the replacement does not look like it has the red light but will let you know. The crossfire link has a lot of good info.
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Nice! I have been looking for a nice replacement! This should definitely fit the bill!
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Save yourself the time as well as the headache and just buy the key from a Mercedes dealer. I had one key for my car, ordered a cheap Chinese key case from eBay thinking it wouldn't be a problem. When I received the key case I jumped back on this forum and followed the directions, used the right tools, and found that the original key blade does not fit the Chinese key case as well as the original. After putting all the parts together, and pairing the transmitter, my car did not start. If I had just gone to the Mercedes dealer, spent $150 for a new key, I would have two keys and I would have saved $6. Don't put Chinese parts on your mb! I learned by not having my car for a weekend!
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just a little nudge.

while all this chat is talking about the remote side of things could i just remind every one to use their key in the drivers door and boot (trunk ) with a squirt of WD40 to stop the locks seizing up and not turning when the remote system fails for whatever reason.
takes 2 minutes every 6 months but could save an enormous amount when manual unlocking is required.
not just your SLK either, do all your cars!
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My MB Dealer charged me 140.00 for a new key and bob also 30.00 for a master key for valet key....


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My MB Dealer charged me 140.00 for a new key and bob also 30.00 for a master key for valet key....


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My main dealer just quoted me Ł250 for a replacement key. I have to drive there, One and a Half hour drive, they do all the usual security checks, then I have to go home and wait at least 5 days for them to order it from Germany, then go back so they can pair it to my car.
All this because my key fob is looking horrible.
I think I will start using the not so bad spare key...
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