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C320 2003 Key does not work Help!

My keyless key will not start my car, the buttons work to unlock the doors ect...
but it will not turn in the ignition.

Every dealer I talk to has a different story, is there a way I can reprogram this myself.

Any help is appreciated

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There could be a couple of things, but it could also be something very simple. this has happened to me, my car was park at a decline with the tires turned all the way left.

when you put in your key, does it make that grinding noise that it normally does ???

if not, it is just as if your steering wheel is locked... what i did was insert the key, unload my parking brake, and since my car was standard i let the car slide a little. turned the steering wheel a little bit and the grinding noise came meaning that the key has been recognized.

let me know if that works.
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thanks for the reply

I decided to change the batteries and now the car starts. they should have some kind of key start as a backup. For some reason now the car does not open when you hit the unlock button but all others work, I am happy the car starts at this point.

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The battery in the Smartkey has nothing to do with the key's ability to start the engine. There is an indutive coil inside the ignition switch that powers the key for starting. The battery is only for the remote control functions. Something else was wrong here. Like Agra's asked, did you here the usual mechanical "grinding" noise when inserting the key in the ignition switch? If so, that means that the Drive Authorization System validated the key. From there, the inability to rotate the ignition switch is purely a mechanical problem. If there was no noise, then DAS did not recognize the key and again, that's not an issue with the battery in the fob.



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