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.