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Old 08-31-2014, 07:22 PM   #57
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Normally yes. I moved the spare ignition key to the main keyring just for this service, so the spare ignition key is the only spare key that got locked in with the main keys.

Then why can't you use the spare Viper remote to unlock the van?
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Old 08-31-2014, 07:34 PM   #58
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Protagonist.....old man Murphy was alive and well in the south... I know it is of little consolation....but you definitely taught a lot of us something. I remember cringing when I read the manual about auto-locking... I just have a bad feeling this is lurking in all of our futures somewhere. Good luck Tuesday!!!
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Old 08-31-2014, 10:34 PM   #59
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Not this can cause a problem other than being a PITA but if you don't open a door withing 30 seconds of unlocking, it locks back up.
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Old 08-31-2014, 11:28 PM   #60
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If you still have the spare key/fob, might be worth the trip to prevent them from having to pry the door. Never saw inside a Sprinter door but is there something preventing a "slim jim" from opening it?

Surprised they're open on Labor Day.
I agree, I would not want them prying on my door. Next thing you'll have a wind noise.
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Then why can't you use the spare Viper remote to unlock the van?
Because my Viper system doesn't unlock the doors. That's a separate module that wasn't available for Sprinters when I bought my Viper system. I never went back to have the module installed when it did become available, because up to now I didn't need it.
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Old 09-01-2014, 08:06 AM   #62
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Door wedges and pneumatic "wedges" have become popular in part because the car makers became proficient at making their vehicles difficult to open via "traditional" methods like slim jims.

Anytime I am in a situation where I am going to close a door with the keys in the ignition I make it a practice to crack a window.
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Won't Start

Fifteen years ago my dads car self locked on the side of a rural road with the keys in the ignition and the engine running.

While I was wondering what to do he came up with a quick solution....

His windshield was broken in need of replacement, so he had me knock a hole near the passenger A-pillar big enough for my arm to fit through....

Problem solved in less than five minutes...
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Anytime I am in a situation where I am going to close a door with the keys in the ignition I make it a practice to crack a window.
Rainstorm, remember?
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One advantage of the Drone Alarm is that I can open the doors with my iPhone. Protag, can't they make a new key based on the number they should have on file based on the serial number to manually open the door on the driver's side? Of course, prying it open is faster and easier if you don't mind the risk of damage. Maybe that is the only way, but I would think MB would have another way short of that. I bought a spare key that I always keep at home just in case, though.
It traditionally takes the dealerships up to 5 days to order new key/Fob from M/B N/America.
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So do I read correctly? Does Van auto lock after 30 minutes, or is that an alarm feature?

- I haven't found anyone in area that's installed an alarm in a MB van, and I want remote start so no alarm in mine yet.


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So do I read correctly? Does Van auto lock after 30 minutes, or is that an alarm feature?

- I haven't found anyone in area that's installed an alarm in a MB van, and I want remote start so no alarm in mine yet.


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In most cases the car will auto lock when vehicle speed reaches a set amount, say 15-20mph
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So do I read correctly? Does Van auto lock after 30 minutes, or is that an alarm feature?

- I haven't found anyone in area that's installed an alarm in a MB van, and I want remote start so no alarm in mine yet.
Check with your installer, once you pick one.

It's possible that in order to make remote start work, the installer will have to disable the anti-theft ignition lockout in order for the van to be able to start without the ignition switch detecting the correct chipped key.

Weird to think that one might have to disable a factory anti-theft device while installing an aftermarket anti-theft deviceÖ
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Some installers will take the spare chipped key, break the shank off, and hide the rest under the dash for remote start applications.
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