Vehicle Remote Battery Tip

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🔋 Is your car remote fob feeling a bit sluggish lately? It might just need a little power boost! 🔋

Changing the batteries on your car remote fob is a quick and easy task that can save you a lot of hassle down the road. Here’s how to do it:

  1. Check your fob: If your remote isn’t working as it should, it’s likely time for a battery change. Most fobs have a small slot where you can insert a flathead screwdriver or coin to open them up.
  2. Open it up: Carefully pry open the fob using the designated slot. Be gentle to avoid damaging the casing.
  3. Swap out the batteries: Once the fob is open, you’ll see the batteries inside. Remove the old batteries and replace them with fresh ones of the same type. Make sure to observe the correct polarity.
  4. Close it up: Once the new batteries are in place, snap the fob back together. You should hear a satisfying click when it’s properly closed.
  5. Test it out: Press the buttons on your remote to ensure it’s working correctly. If everything looks good, you’re all set!

Remember, it’s a good idea to keep spare batteries on hand so you’re always prepared. Happy remote fobbing! 🚗💨 #CarTips #DIY #StayCharged


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Q: I lost my original Mercedes Key; have no spare and I need a copy / duplicate made, how much will this cost?

A: That depends on the year, make and model as well as the availability of the code, type of key (chip, fob, push to start, remote), to name but a few of the variables.

Q: How do I know if my 2007 Mercedes Sprinter key had a chip in it? I understand that some keys need to be programmed and others don’t.

A: A good rule of thumb is that if the key had a plastic cover at the top and / or vehicle was manufactured after 2000, it most likely has a chip. Therefore, if you’ve lost your Mercedes key and it had a chip, it will have to be programmed / coded on-site.

Below are some examples of the various Mercedes keys and remote “push to start button” fobs:

Fob remote “push to start” car key usually looks like some sort of remote, this fob car key has a chip and will need to be programmed.

Mercedes Benz remote car key

This is a Mercedes key that has a transponder chip and needs to be coded, the chip is located inside the cover at the top.

Mercedes Benz high security car key with chip

This is an image of a Mercedes key that does not contain a chip, it is a simple metal key and does not need to be coded.

Mercedes Benz non-transponder key – no programming necessary


Q: My 1999 Mercedes E500 ignition key won’t turn and my steering wheel is locked, what is the reason; do you need to change the ignition, what should I do?

A: There may be a few reasons why the ignition key won’t turn; worn out key, rusted ignition or broken wafers.  An experienced locksmith will be able to assess this on-site and advise accordingly, it is not always necessary to replace the ignition.

Replacement ignition cylinder

If you are looking for a new or replacement Mercedes key, contact Jay on 082 651 6416 with details of the make, model and year of your vehicle and he will quote you as well as advise of lead time if the stock needs to be placed on order.


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Do All VW cars start the same way?

Volkswagen cars from M plate upwards (1995) use an immobiliser system that prevents the vehicle from starting without the correct key. The immobiliser is deactivated by a small transponder chip that is embedded in the head of the key. Earlier VW models use a separate immobiliser box whilst some of the later models (T plates and upwards) use an immobiliser system that is combined with the dashboard clocks.

With the earlier models of VW cars (pre-2006), locksmiths use a key reader that is inserted into the car lock to read the wafer depths. This allows us to cut a new key without having to remove the lock. The correct transponder chip that is required to deactivate the immobiliser box is then inserted into the key, without the need for a security code first.

Post 2006, (M plate and up until the very latest models), Volkswagen’s parent group VAG decided to pre code the transponder chips. It has made cars more secure and harder to steal because the chip is unique to each vehicle, but it has also made it more difficult for car locksmiths.

VW Car Key Replacement made easy

Northriding Locksmith has invested in specialist software and diagnostic equipment that enables Jay to extract the unique 4-digit security code that is required to program the keys. Our investment in the specialist equipment means we can cut new keys and program the transponder key to your car, as well as reproduce remote fobs for central locking.

Types of key

Just Need a Spare Set of VW Keys?

It’s a fact – keys wear out, develop faults or even break. Sometimes a repair is an option and a total replacement is not necessary. Our service is not limited to replacing lost or broken car keys; or helping you gain access to your vehicle if you have accidentally locked your keys inside. Perhaps you only have one set and need a spare set. Jay comes to you and produces the keys for you as long as you are within our service area, all you need to know is that 082 651 6416 is the number to call and Jay will take care of the rest.

Lost Car Keys – No Spare?

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I’ve lost my only car key, does it matter?

No, it doesn’t, if you’ve lost your only set of keys, we can provide you with a replacement and reprogram the new car key to match your vehicle.  The old key will be deprogrammed making it useless, in case it has been stolen.

How long will it take to get a spare set of car keys?

The time it takes to provide a spare replacement key will depend on the following factors:

  1. The type of key (remote fob, keyless entry, or transponder)
  2. The model of your car
  3. In stock (if the key blank is available or we need to order one)

We carry a range of key blanks and in most cases, will be able give you a replacement car key on the same day.

Can I get a car key made without the original?

If you don’t have the original key, we are able to program a new key for your vehicle.  All that is required is your vehicle identification number (VIN) and you may be asked for proof of identification.

Will I have to change my car locks if my keys are lost?

With modern vehicles, we can either reconfigure the existing locks or program out the lost keys.  Any lost keys can be programmed out of the database of your car stopping anyone else using them, this is done using specialist diagnostic equipment which is plugged into the vehicle.

Are lost car keys covered by insurance?

Some insurers offer key cover as part of your car insurance policy for lost and stolen keys, you will find details on your car insurance policy documents.  We suggest checking if it affects your no-claims discount before claiming though.

What do I do if my car keys are stolen?

If your vehicle keys are stolen, we can do the following:

  1. Stop stolen keys being used by reprogramming your vehicle and deprogramming the stolen keys, rendering them useless.
  2. Depending on the age of the vehicle – door locks and ignition barrel may need to be reconfigured

If you need new or duplicate keys, call or WhatsApp Jay on 082 651 6416 with the details of the make, model and year of your vehicle, if possible, please send him a picture of both sides of your key.

Do You Need a Car Key Cut or Replacement Keys?

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Northriding Mobile Locksmith do car key cutting or programming if you need a replacement car key cut and copied. If you have lost your car keys, they need repairing or you want a duplicate set of for peace of mind; Jay can programme and cut keys for your car, van, motorbike, motorhome, etc.

Northriding Locksmith can cut keys for most types of vehicles and types of keys:

  • Transponder keys (most cars after 1998 have transponder chips and programmed to a specific car)
  • Remote car keys / electronic chips / key fobs (car keys programming required) 
  • Standard car keys (vehicle without remote central locking)
  • ‘Keyless’ Entry Fobs
  • Car keys (ignition, door, boot and petrol cap)
  • Motorbike keys
  • Van keys
  • Truck keys
  • Bus keys
  • Caravan keys
  • Roof rack keys

Reasons for Replacement Car Keys

There could be several reasons why you want a replacement set of keys for your vehicle, these are some of the most common ones:

  • Lost car keys – require new keys
  • Replacement car keys (or any other vehicle)
  • Replacement transponder chip if the chip is broken or missing
  • Spare set for convenience in case of lost or damaged vehicle key
  • Locked out of your vehicle
  • Broken / stuck in the ignition
  • Stolen car keys 
  • Keys have snapped in the lock

How do I get a new key for my car?

To get a new key for your car you will need to supply Jay with the following:

  1. Make, model and year of vehicle
  2. VIN (vehicle identification number) found on your licence disc
  3. Copy of licence disc (in some instances)

Cost Impacting Factors

The cost to get a new car cut all depends on your car make, model and year. This then depends on parts and tokens required for car key programming and if the car key is basic or remote.

  1. The make of vehicle – a Ford Fiesta will normally be cheaper than a Land Rover
  2. The model and year of car – The year and model of vehicle can impact the price
  3. The type of car key – Do you have a remote fob or transponder car key?
  4. Availability of your keys – Do you have spare car keys that can be copied, or have you lost your keys? Having no spare key will be the most expensive option.
  5. If you have lost your car keys, we can delete the vehicle’s database history so if they are found by someone else or stolen, they will be inoperable.

We recommend you get quotes from at least three locksmiths in your area, who, will often be cheaper than your local dealership.

Then give Jay a call on 082 651 6416 for guaranteed service satisfaction.