Plip key battery replacement

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grasmere59
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Plip key battery replacement

Post by grasmere59 » Sun Mar 18, 2018 3:20 pm

My mfd on my 2003 hdi has started telling me the plip key battery needs replacement,knowing French electrics is it just a simple task of changing the battery in the plip key or will it mess up something i.e. the central locking etc? :?
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dirtydirtydiesel
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Re: Plip key battery replacement

Post by dirtydirtydiesel » Sun Mar 18, 2018 6:06 pm

Fear not :lol:
I've changed mine twice with no nasy side effects :cheesy:
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frog
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Re: Plip key battery replacement

Post by frog » Mon Mar 19, 2018 9:43 am

Yes that is an easy job.

I would advise you to have the replacement battery at hand, so that you can quickly insert it as soon as you've removed the old one. All this "french" (in fact german) electronics seems to not like being deprived of juice for anything over a minute.

Also i remember the advice to not touch the replacement battery with your fingers, as the stuff on your skin might cause a leakage path that will deplete the battery sooner than necessary. If you use a set of tweezers / thumb forceps (right word?? Dutch = "pincet"), use a plastic one, a metal one will cause short-circuit.
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2003 406 Estate 2.0HDi 110 - 7 seater
2001 Citroen Saxo 1.6i 8v 100

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2000 406 Sedan 2.0 HDi 90
2000 406 Coupé 2.0i 16v 138 - Riviera Blue

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Re: Plip key battery replacement

Post by Wag » Tue Jun 05, 2018 7:34 pm

How do you know if the plip is actually sending a signal or been short circuited when changing the battery?

frog
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Re: Plip key battery replacement

Post by frog » Wed Jun 06, 2018 8:50 am

There are testers for this, see e.g.:

https://www.ebay.com/sch/TV-Video-and-H ... +RF+tester

The frequency is usually 433 MHz.

Might work, i have no experience with these devices.
Current "fleet":
2003 406 Estate 2.0HDi 110 - 7 seater
2001 Citroen Saxo 1.6i 8v 100

Previously owned:
2000 406 Sedan 2.0 HDi 90
2000 406 Coupé 2.0i 16v 138 - Riviera Blue

PP2000 user, can help with faults / diagnostics in the Netherlands.

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