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Old 04-25-2010, 04:04 PM   #1
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No power no cranking no dashlights Car wont start help

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As the title says, my car won't start. When I put the smartkey in the ignition nothing happens, no beeps like usual or the dashboard lights going up. The remote lock/unlock and trunk pop don't make a noise either anymore, the car is just plain dead. It was working 100% fine just a few weeks ago before I put it into storage.

Did a fuse pop? Is some security lock active on the car? What gives? Neither of my keys work. Car doesn't respond to anything, and I can't turn the smartkey since there doesnt seem to be power.

It's not the battery since I charged it full today. It was a new battery bought in February.
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Old 04-25-2010, 07:13 PM   #2
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when you open the door, do the lights in the cluster (odometer) light up to say what the mileage is, or do the dome lights come on? Also, when you press the lock/unlock buttons on the key, does the small red LED light flash?

Also, what year and model is your car?
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im having the same exact issue when the door open the dash lights up but key wont turn or nothing works can some one pelz hellllllllllllp
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im having the same exact issue when the door open the dash lights up but key wont turn or nothing works can some one pelz hellllllllllllp
eis
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whats that and were is it located n e way i can fix it myself
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whats that and were is it located n e way i can fix it myself
EIS is the electronic ignition system or something like that.
it is what you put the key in it does a few things powers the key reads the key and i think sends the signal to the computer to start the car but that might actually be another computer but whatever. It is right where the key goes in so just one panel usually and you can see it. the problem is that they are very expensive and have to be coded and new keys. i would do some research on eis failures but it sounds like one to me. sorry for the bad news. keep us posted.
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ok thanks
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Battery died.
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Update?

Is there any update on this? I'm having the same exact problem. Key won't turn the only thing happening is the tow alarm light blinks. (2005 C240 4matic)
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I found this in the search and possibly related to my problem-

2000 German W203, m111 C200k. *Battery good, confirmed good, happens with all three keys. All batteries changed in the keys.

It did this previously on occasion, getting worse when the weather is cold-

Car doesn't open with the remote. Sometimes just go back and forth and eventually, starts responding, though not 100%, meaning the second click doesn't open the rest of the doors, for instance. Eventually works. However, not this time.

When in this mode, car doesn't start. The display lights, BUT the odometer portion just reads in all dashes "--------" just like that. Put key in, nothing. Along the way, it would finally recognize the key and start, or the solenoid in the ignition switch would lock and unlock repeatedly for about 10-20 seconds, then finally the odometer starts displaying numbers again and the car starts.

Seemed to also be able to "turn on" the computer by turning the headlights on with the driver's door open to engage the alarm for the lights on. However, it's extremely cold out here now and now the car is dead...

Any ideas on diagnostics? One of the issues are mechanics here (former east Germany) are one of two things: completely incompetent or absolute ripoff artists.

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Hi,

My car C320 has the same problem " When I put the smartkey in the ignition nothing happens, no beeps like usual or the dashboard lights going up. The remote lock/unlock and trunk pop don't make a noise either anymore, the car is just plain dead"

Do you know what is the problem? and how to fix it?

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Hey everyone,

As the title says, my car won't start. When I put the smartkey in the ignition nothing happens, no beeps like usual or the dashboard lights going up. The remote lock/unlock and trunk pop don't make a noise either anymore, the car is just plain dead. It was working 100% fine just a few weeks ago before I put it into storage.

Did a fuse pop? Is some security lock active on the car? What gives? Neither of my keys work. Car doesn't respond to anything, and I can't turn the smartkey since there doesnt seem to be power.

It's not the battery since I charged it full today. It was a new battery bought in February.
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This Sounds like an EIS (electronic ignition switch) as Trey says, or a SAM.

First check fuses 31, 52, 57 for start enable. Fuse 52 has been uprated from 15 to 20 amps.
Good luck!
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Thank you a lot for your help.

I found out that the battery was dead because the dome light did not turn off itself automaticly after the back door was opened. After I changed the battery the ESP light is on. How can I turn it off?

Again thanks for your help.

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This Sounds like an EIS (electronic ignition switch) as Trey says, or a SAM.

First check fuses 31, 52, 57 for start enable. Fuse 52 has been uprated from 15 to 20 amps.
Good luck!
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turn the steering wheel all the way both ways

you will also have to sync your sunroof and windows (in your manual)

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Thank you a lot for your help.

I found out that the battery was dead because the dome light did not turn off itself automaticly after the back door was opened. After I changed the battery the ESP light is on. How can I turn it off?

Again thanks for your help.

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You can try turning steering lock to lock 5 times to reset the steering angle sensor. Otherwise cancel with an OBDII scanner.
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Thank you. I followed your instructions, the problems solved\.

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You can try turning steering lock to lock 5 times to reset the steering angle sensor. Otherwise cancel with an OBDII scanner.
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I have a 2001 e430 and the car stopped starting a few weeks ago, the tow truck driver, broke the eis so it turns with any key or even a screw driver, he also broke the shifter and it now shifts into any gear without any key in the eis or brake pressed. etc. i got a brand new battery also before trying anything else. the dealer says you cant use used parts so they will be of zero help for this issue.

At first I didnt know that the parts were married as they are so I got a known good key, eis, tried them and still nothing so then got the ecm still nothing. I also was investigating the brake light switch and disconnected those two connectors to it and tried to start the car seeing what would happen. the dash came up with abs, esp, and bas errors, I plugged them back in and they went away. I read you need the matched shifter as well so I got that yesterday.

long story short after replacing the key, eis, and ecm i checked the fuses (all seemed good and doubled checked that today) and now no dash lights, no blower motor fan even though the climate control lights up, you can select the temp but not fan speed as i could before even without the car starting and a non matched ecm with eis and key. what could be wrong with the car now where the dash doesnt work, the climate control doesnt work, the car still doesnt start. Its worse off than when i started ?!?!?!?!?
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W164 2010 ML 350 4matic

Same problem when the car is left outside in the sun. Its 90F outside about about 110F inside the car.

no dash lights, windows don't work. Couldn't jump start either.
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