The blade-less or 'Smart key', remote ignition key should eliminate mechanical wear as experienced with the w168. You will be required to provide proof of ownership with a document on which your photograph appears, such as driving license. However the key if dropped is more likely to become damaged which may render it unusable, so try to avoid dropping your keys. New keys cost in excess of £200.00 and as far as Mercedes-Benz are concerned can only be purchased from them However if you have problems see the link at the bottom of the page it could solve your problems and save you money.
Many W169 owners may already be aware of this problem:-
If you go to your car and open it using the remote key and only go to the boot area without opening the drivers door the car will automatically lock fully when you close the boot!
I learnt this lesson the hard way and had to get the spare set of keys brought to me at the trout fishery, some 25 miles from my home where I had changed my wet clothes and prepared to drive home, only then to find that when I closed the boot the car had locked complete with the keys laying in the boot in full view.
Either put the keys in your pocket of the cloths you going to wear home or better still put them in the ignition, the car will not then lock itself and you will save yourself and others a lot of agro.
What you do if you only have one set of keys, short of breaking a rear quarter light (window) I have no idea certainly the car seems pretty secure when locked.
The batteries in your key can be tested by pressing either the lock or unlock button, if the batteries are in a usable condition you will see a red light flash above the locking segment, as shown in the photograph on the left.
This feature is barley detectable when looking at the key case
Should your Remote key fail to open the car you will need to use the emergency key blade:- Withdraw the blade from its housing in the remote key by sliding the spring loaded retaining catch the direction of the arrow shown in the photo:- 1. Place the blade into the door lock and turn (clockwise Right Hand Drive vehicles)(Left Hand Drive Vehicles, Anti-clockwise ) 2.Turn the emergency key blade in the door. 3.Take hold of the door handle pulling firmly toward you 4. The door lock button will be seen to pop up the door will open, remove the key blade from the door lock. Note , that the key blade is only used to unlock the car not lock it. see procedure below or your hand book for details 5. At which point the alarm will sound. 6. Stop the alarm by pressing either the lock or unlock segments on the key. Or place the remote key in the ignition key housing.
Note if the batteries in the remote key are low powered or dead, pressing the segments on the key may not turn off the alarm
The remote key will start your car even though the remote fob batteries are flat.
Opening the door in an emergency.
It is stronghtly recommended that you do a trial run on your car using this procedure, if there is more than one driver then make them aware of the procedure it may save you a lot of grief and embarassment in the longer term
Remember to replace the key blade (Emergency key) back into the fob, you will hear a click when it is fully installed.
Replacing remote key batteries
If when undertaking the battery test above the key fails to show a battery condition light , change the batteries as soon as possible or use your spare key.
A. Remove the emergency key housed in the key as shown above. B. Using the key blade push on the spring loaded battery cage locking devise, this will allow you to ease the battery cage out from the key body. 1 & 2 on the photo.
Having carefully removed the cage remove the dead batteries and dispose of them in a safe manner. D. Replace the two batteries with New lithium CR2025 cells avoid touching the battery contacts, these are available from MB parts and other battery suppliers. E. Re-assemble the remote key components and test as above.
If you are getting your vehicle serviced by Mercedes Workshops these should be changed when your car is serviced.
Check your invoice for the New Batteries.
If the wrong ignition key is used the key will turn but not start the vehicle.
The blade less key has a reflective disc in the end which marries with the responder in the ignition switch , to extend the life of your remote key's try to protect this feature by not putting in the same pocket as your small change coinage ,etc. I suspect that if this surface is substantially scuffed the car will refuse to accept the key.
There are three key positions:- A. Position 1. Ignition Off B. Position 2 Ignition ON C. Start position, Release when car starts. Note On my model Classic SE, with Eco-start, the clutch and or brake have to be depressed before the car will start even though the key is turned to the start position.
Locking your car in an emergency (remote key fails to work)
You can lock your car in Emergency even when the remote key will not work.
1. On leaving the car, ensure you have the keys in hand.
2. Ensure the front and rear passenger near side doors, and boot lid are fully closed
3. Open the rear passenger door behind the driver.
4. To Lock the passenger doors on the near side (passenger side) press the switch marked with a closed lock a situated on the drivers door card. The closed doors will be heard to lock, the plungers going down. The boot will also have been locked
5. Now close the drivers door and push the locking plunger down, from the inside of the car. (You cannot do this with the drivers door open)
6. The plunger on the rear drivers side passenger door will already be down. 7. Firmly close the rear passenger door. The car is now fully locked. See procedure above for opening drivers door using the emergency key blade.
Locking the car when the Main Battery has been removed for recharge,
8. It is unlikely that the central locking will work due to the main battery having been removed. In the same way the switches on the drivers door card will be dead. therefore secure the car by:-
9. Manually pressing the door plungers down on the near side of the car.
10. With the rear off side passenger door open, reach in and press the plunger down on the drivers closed door.
11. Now press the plunger down of the rear off side passenger door and firmly close the door.
12. Note Although all four doors will be locked which affords some security
the boot will remain unlocked.
If you have Eco-Start on your vehicle then the door locks may remain live, even though the main battery has been disconnected.
If you have information that this is, or is not the case please let me know and I will add it to the page. thank you.
At some point I will do a trial on my own car, lofty.
On the side of the remote key there is a number, you are advised to record this in you owners handbook for reference purposes. Both keys issued to a Mercedes Vehicle will be the same number.
I cannot answer questions for W169 models manufactured pre 09 However from 2009 and possibly before that date the car is fitted with electrical central locking and not a vacuum operated system as with the W168
From what information I have the SAM unit which I take to be the main control unit of the system is said to be located in the passenger foot well, as with the relay board see page.7.169 for more detail as to location
In addition each door has its own electrical actuator, the drivers main actuator being in the drivers door.
If you have problems with the central locking you are advised to seek professional help and the system is linked into the can-bus which also controls all electrical components. main components mentions are electric windows winding motors/mechanism, electric mirrors. from what I have read the system is highly complex.
the easiest way to confirm if your car is electric central locking is to check the fuel flap locking mechanism, if it is electric you will see the electric actuator instead of the yellow vacuum hose as with the w168.