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hi martink, i have a very similar problem as the OP. i have a 2001 clio grande 1.2 with two original keys, and battery died in one of them. after replacing the battery, i found it would unlock but no longer start the engine. however if i use the other key to start the car, turn it off, and try the faulty key again and it starts. but if i jump in the car an hour or so later, it refuses to start again.
i have heard the fob may be 'out of sync' with the immobiliser? now after reading this forum i learned i may need the key re-coding.
im just confused as i read that a blank may need to be bought, but if i have the original key that may have just lost its code, then shouldnt it just be a straight forward re-code?
as i understand it, a blank costs a packet from the dealers, and a re-code is cheaper?
thanks in advance if you or anyone else can help.
Currently in google's garage:
2001 clio grande 1.2 8v D7F