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Remote Key Slot Replacement
 
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Remote Key Slot Replacement

Nick Czerula

Time:

2 hours2 hrs

Tab:

$200

Talent:

****

Tools:

Plastic prying tool, T20 Torx, small flathead

Applicable Models:

R52 MINI Cooper Convertible (2007-08)
R52 MINI Cooper S Convertible (2007-08)
R56 MINI Cooper Hatchback (2007-11)
R56 MINI Cooper S Hatchback (2007-11)
R57 MINI Cooper Convertible (2009-11)
R57 MINI Cooper S Convertible (2009-11)

Parts Required:

Key slot

Hot Tip:

Work carefully when handling the ribbon cable harness

Performance Gain:

Repair faulty key slot

Complementary Modification:

Replace dash panels

The remote key slot replaces the ignition lock cylinder on R56 models. It is a slot, or docking station in the dashboard for the remote key. The key slot works as the ignition switch, notifying the car access (CAS) module the key is inserted. Pressing the Start Stop switch turns the ignition ON.

The key slot tends to wear out over time and can be easily replaced. When the key slot fails, you will remove your key from the slot and the instrument cluster will illuminate showing the key is still in the slot. The key slot should hold the key in place until you eject it, but as it wears the key can be removed with the slot still engaged. Therefore, creating the false key in ignition warning.

Remember that your car may have been serviced before and had parts replaced with different size fasteners used in the replacement. The sizes of the nuts and bolts we give may be different from what you have so be prepared with different size sockets and wrenches.

Protect your eyes, hands and body from fluids, dust and debris while working on your vehicle. If you're working with the electrical system, disconnect the battery before beginning. Always catch fluids in appropriate containers and properly dispose of any fluid waste. Recycle parts, packaging and fluids when possible. Never work on your vehicle if you feel the task is beyond your ability.

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This photo shows the remote key slot (red arrow).
Figure 1

This photo shows the remote key slot (red arrow). The remote key slot replaces the ignition lock cylinder on R56 models. It is a slot, or docking station in the dashboard for the remote key. The key slot works as the ignition switch, notifying the car access (CAS) module the key is inserted. Pressing the Start Stop switch turns the ignition ON. The key slot tends to wear out over time and can be easily replaced. When the key slot fails, you will remove your key from the slot and the instrument cluster will illuminate showing the key is still in the slot. The key slot should hold the key in place until you eject it, but as it wears the key can be removed with the slot still engaged. Therefore, creating the false key in ignition warning.

Lower the steering column and move it as far from the instrument panel as it will go, using the steering tilt lever.
Figure 2

Lower the steering column and move it as far from the instrument panel as it will go, using the steering tilt lever. Working at the top of the steering column, remove the two T30 Torx screws for the tachometer (red arrows). Once the fasteners are removed, slide the tachometer toward the steering wheel.

Using a plastic prying tool (red arrow), lever the left side instrument panel trim off the instrument panel.
Figure 3

Using a plastic prying tool (red arrow), lever the left side instrument panel trim off the instrument panel.

Next, remove the trim panel (red arrow) from the instrument panel.
Figure 4

Next, remove the trim panel (red arrow) from the instrument panel.

Next up you have to remove the instrument panel trim strip the key slot is mounted in.
Figure 5

Next up you have to remove the instrument panel trim strip the key slot is mounted in. Start by removing the two upper T20 Torx fasteners (red arrows).

Next, remove the two lower T20 Torx fasteners (red arrows).
Figure 6

Next, remove the two lower T20 Torx fasteners (red arrows).

Pull the trim strip away from the instrument panel.
Figure 7

Pull the trim strip away from the instrument panel. Then disconnect the electrical connector by squeezing the release tabs and pulling it straight out of the switch. Remove the switch from the dashboard.

Using a plastic prying tool, gently lever out the trim opposite of the START / STOP switch.
Figure 8

Using a plastic prying tool, gently lever out the trim opposite of the START / STOP switch. Just get it free; you won't be able to remove it yet.

Next, release the tab on the opposite side (red arrow) of the switch as you slide the trim piece off.
Figure 9

Next, release the tab on the opposite side (red arrow) of the switch as you slide the trim piece off.

The red arrow points to part of the trim you released in the previous step.
Figure 10

The red arrow points to part of the trim you released in the previous step. Remove the trim from the switch.

Remove the four T10 Torx screws (red arrows).
Figure 11

Remove the four T10 Torx screws (red arrows).

Separate the switch from the trim strip.
Figure 12

Separate the switch from the trim strip. Reverse these steps to install the new switch.

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Comments and Suggestions:
guerrero Comments: do i need to reprogram key for it to work with my car
January 29, 2016
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Yes. - Nick at Pelican Parts  

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