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You Can't Reprogram A Clio Key

Discussion in 'Interior, ICE, Security, Lighting & Electrical' started by C2WAK, Jun 24, 2007.

  1. C2WAK

    C2WAK

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    Hi All,
    I really hope this goes up as a Sticky cause ive just had to pay £118.30 to Renault for a new clip for my Blade (Key).

    I recently had a faulty fob for my 172 so i took it apart and noticed the switch was lose, anyway i attempted to soulder it back on which i did, checked the car and it worked. Alarm went off and doors opened etc.
    I went to get in the car the next night, put the key in the ignition and the car wouldnt start.
    Top and bottom of it, i needed a new key. I bought one off ebay which was £9, had the car toed to Renault and told them i needed the key programming to the car. They called me later that day to tell me that the key wasnt programming.
    To cut a long story short, after calling several auto electrician's they all told me that you cant re-use a key fob from another Renault. Once they have been reprogrammed thats it.
    Thus I had to purchase a blank clip (which is the circuit board / imobiliser fob inside the plastic) which was £118.30 including programming.
    If anyone has any other evidence to support this then I would love to hear it!.
    Thanks All...
    I hope no-body has to experience this costly issue!.
    Chris
     
  2. tidyclio

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    Sounds unlucky but did you ask here first as i'm sure someone would've told you this can't be done.
    And apart from that £118 is actually quite cheap most garages seem to want around £160.
    I had the same problem with the switch snapping on my key and after leaving it for two weeks it wouldn't start. AA man said it was a new key needed couldn't see why though. Superglued/soldered the bit back on and after much fiddling the car came back to life!
     
  3. C2WAK

    C2WAK

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    I cut my storey short but thats what i did, my fob was iffy so i took it apart and noticed that the alarm switch was loose so i souldered it back on but in the meanwhile i think i either left the battery out too long or the fact that I touched the Imobilizer transponder with the souldering iron. whoops.. The alarm / central locking was working but it wouldnt start the car. Sods law I only got one fob from the previous owner.
     
  4. edde

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    Its been said here for ages key cannot be resued as such.

    Ebay sellers are doing well selling fobs which are usless.
     
  5. C2WAK

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    I spoke to the woman who sold me it and she was well convinced you could. She was a posh woman which i didnt expect, she offered me a full refund.
    She knows now it cant be done but im sure she will keep selling them!.
     
  6. edde

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    Ye of course she will under a new account no question.
     
  7. tidyclio

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    I've heard of quite a few cars where they can be reprogramed so it's no wonder people think it's a cheap solution.
    I did the same and actually ended up with a piece of solder against the coil next to the switch.Luckily it never seemed to do any damage.
    The switch for the locking had been broken for a couple of weeks before I went away on holiday. And the battery was flat but I just felt that since the battery isn't meant to make any difference to the immobiliser function that it must be something else.
    Weirdly enough Renault give a guide to reysnc the central locking(mine was working fine) and I tried this which roughly went put key in ignition and turn on then back and hold in central locking button and strangely the car then started working again!
     
  8. C2WAK

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    Do you have that guide handy to set the central locking at all please? I want to try it with this dead Fob ive got just out of curiosity!.
    Thanks,
    Chris
     
  9. Gumby

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    I find it funny how a new Mercedes IR key/fob is £50 and Renault UK have the cheek to charge £120. If you order the fob from Renault France it's only about £50 and then probably £10 to program it if you don't know how to do it yourself...
     
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  10. tidyclio

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    Not to hand no it roughly went like I said though I had to try it a few times and tried what I mentioned above and also doing it with the central locking button on the key aswell as the centre consolde. If you want though I will find it again in the morning.
    When you put the old key in does it just keep the red immobiliser light on?
     
  11. Marky_

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    My old man had his keys knicked. A merc one cost £120 while a nissan one is £150 from the dealers round theirs.
     
  12. Gumby

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    Paid £50 a couple of years ago for a new merc key... Strange...
     
  13. SBV116

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    I thought that was obvious?! there no good unless there for your car!
     
  14. Greeny.

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    How much is a blank key + programming on its own then? Around the same price?

    On my old fiesta zetec-s u used to be able to swap around the key chips to use for different ECU's, doesnt look like this is the same with Renaults then :worried:
     
  15. edde

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    £50 for the key £12 for the metal bit and about 30 minutes to program.
     
  16. chicker

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    Is it possible to get a key if you don't have any of the codes needed? I have the documents to prove its mine but no documents for central locking?
     
  17. edde

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    They just need the car to get the codes off it from Renault.
     

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