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Date registered: Jul 2008
Vehicle: 2005 CLK500 w/23K !
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FREE Smart Key Repair/Upgrade
Hey, so I changed my black plastic smart keys to much nicer Chrome Keys 3 years ago when I bought my 2005 CLK.
And they have held up beautifully. Meanwhile, the guy who was doing this as a service here in US has stopped, for whatever reason. I like fixing things and I do solder work for a computer company, so this is right up my alley.
I don't see this as a big industry or even a part time job type thing, just a fun hobby I could do and help people out.
Big thing to know is that all I can do is fix a failed/failing key or move the "brain" from a black plastic key to a shiny Chrome one. I can't make a new one, can't read an old one, can't work on EIS or anything else like that. I just move the chip with the codes in it from dead/dying key to one in better shape.
BIGGEST CAVEAT: NO KEYLESS GO.
Can't be Keyless go. WON'T WORK.
I already repaired 2 keys for Elvis Presley, a member here. I want to do a few more FOR FREE before I start an Ebay Business doing this in US. From what i can tell there is someone doing it in UK, but no longer anyone in US.
So, if you send me your dead plastic key (has to look like black plastic one in Pic) along with shipping cost and a useable donor key, I will move chip over and return. If buying a Chrome Key, it absolutely HAS to be like the green circuit board in the other pic. That is only one that works for transplant. Or you could send an identical black plastic one.
The part number for the Chrome key ends in "49031" IIRC. EBay is crawling with them. Usually about $50, perfect ones are like $100. PM me for further details. You might get lucky and snag a nice one for $25.
Some notes, don't send me your only key, I mean REALLY DON'T unless it is dead and you don't feel like paying dealer. It is really silly to only have one key for these cars. Aside from the anxiety of always being one puddle drop away from disaster, it is REALLY hard to troubleshoot EIS/Key issues when you only have one. Plus I don't want to get any emails saying "Hey, my car is gonna get towed if you don't return key RIGHT NOW". Don't need the stress.
So MUCH better to send me a 2nd key, especially a dead one that has been sitting in drawer and is currently useless. Or if you have one that unlocking quit but can start car, or it will unlock but won't start while you have a 2nd key that works fine.
Did I mention that it has to be the black plastic or Chrome one with same PCB? And NO KEYLESS GO? And if you upgrade to Chrome the metal one from black key won't fit anymore but you will need to get a blank cut for it.
OK. Looking to help out some forum members and gain some experience. Aside from providing the keys and shipping, I also ask for honest feedback here in this thread or in a thread you already started about bad key.
Should be US or Canada as I think EU has different frequencies. 315 Mhz in US.
Please PM or post questions.
Note to mods: I don't have a locksmith shop or any kind of auto repair business.
Last edited by 93SoCal400E; 12-01-2015 at 12:51 AM.