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Re: How to Lock Modus via Passenger Door With Non-Electronic Key (or Flat Key Battery
I spoke to my local Renault service department. They also appeared somewhat confused about what a plain key (or electronic key with a flat battery) could do. Their thoughts:
1) A plain key without electronics would not start the car as a radio signal must be sent to the vehicle's built-in immobiliser.
2) A plain key (or electronic key with a flat battery) will not centrally-lock via the front-passenger-door keyhole. However, a locked car can be opened this way -- but all it achieves is access to the interior, not driveability.
If this is the case, a 'budget' (circa £50) key, from a general locksmiths, would be of little practical use. A good tip is to replace the cheap '2032' (flip version) or '2016' (fixed key) button batteries in the electronic fobs at the first sign of weak action. Cheap batteries may last less than a year; buy Japanese, Korean or Western-made if possible.
Currently in Trevor2522's garage:
Renault Modus (Short Wheelbase), 1.5 dCi Diesel, Dynamique, Quickshift (Robotised Manual Gearbox), 2009, 27,000 miles.