If you have a Mercedes-Benz with KEYLESS-GO, you may wonder how to start the car if the battery in the key dies. Pressing the Engine Start/Stop button does nothing if your key fob battery has died.
The Mercedes key battery has died, and you can’t start your car using the START ENGINE push button.
How to start a Mercedes with a dead key battery
Follow these procedures to manually start your Mercedes-Benz if the battery in the KEYLESS-GO remote has died. These instructions work for all Mercedes-Benz models with the Start/Stop button, including S-Class, C-Class, GLE-Class, ML-Class, E-Class, GL-Class, SL-Class, and SLK-Class.
Remove the metal key from your Mercedes key fob to enter the car. Use it to unlock the driver’s door manually. The alarm will go off when you manually open the driver’s door. Don’t worry! The alarm should stop when you insert the key into the ignition, as described in the next few steps.
Next, remove the Start / Stop button from the ignition lock. You can quickly pull it from the ignition. The Start/Stop button will pop out.
Insert your smart key into the ignition. It is ok if the smart key battery is dead.
Press the brake pedal and make sure the transmission is in the Park position.
Turn the KEYLESS-GO key in the ignition to start the engine. Release the key as soon as the engine cranks.
Make sure to save the Engine Start/Stop button to reinsert it once you change the battery in your Mercedes key fob. In the meantime, you must start your MB by inserting the key into the ignition.
Next time, remember to change the key battery as soon as you see the warning message on your instrument cluster saying “Key Battery Low.”
Why does this work?
The key is powered by the inductive current when inserted into the ignition. This allows the key to communicate with the IR and transmit a rolling code to EIS, which verifies the key and starts the engine.
What to do next?
Change the battery on your Mercedes-Benz keyfob as soon as possible. The battery is easy to change yourself. Instructions on how to change the battery on any Mercedes-Benz key fob can be found here:
No programming is required after you replace the key battery. Insert the key in the ignition to start the car once, and the key should function properly, including the door lock/unlock feature.