Today we worked on a 2004 Mercedes-Benz E-Class where the key fob remote did not work.


The key will only lock and unlock the doors if you were very close. The red light on the keyfob does turn on when you press the lock or unlock problem.


One possible cause is a blown fuse for the antenna amplifier, alarm.

If you replace the fuse for the antenna amplifier and it keeps blowing, the issue may be the antenna amplifier.

What you will need

How to replace the antenna amplifier

On sedans such as E-Class and C-Class vehicles, the antenna amplifier is mounted on the C-pillar driver's dire. On SUV vehicles such as ML350, the antenna amplifier is mounted on the lift gate and requires the removal of the plastic trim from the lift gate.

Below are instructions on how to replace the antenna amplifier on an E-Class.

  1. Disconnect the battery.
  2. Open the rear door.
  3. Remove the weather strip from the strip door
  4. Remove the cover from the C-pillar. It is held in place with plastic trim. It may require a little force to come out.location of mercedes antenna amplifier

    Picture of plastic retainer that holds this cover in place.

    b pillar cover retainer
  5. Locate the antenna amplifier. This is typically a green box mounted on the frame. It may also be a black box.  It is on the driver's side behind the rear windshield. If you have an SUV, it may be mounted on the liftgate.mercedes antenna amplifier e class


  6. Unplug the electrical connectors from the antenna amplifier.Press and pull mercedes connector


  7. Remove the two 10mm nuts that secure the antenna amplifier to the frame.Mercedes antenna amplifier nut


  8. Remove the old antenna amplifier. Install the new antenna amplifier to the frame, tighten the 10mm nuts and reconnect all the wires.


  • Sometimes the issue is not the antenna amplifier itself but the wires going to it that may have shorted.
  • When purchasing a replacement antenna amplifier, we recommend buying a part with the same part number. You can also call the dealer and check if a newer part is available.

Related Part Numbers

Here is a list of part numbers for various Mercedes-Benz antenna amplifiers.

  • 1708200389
  • 2168200489
    • Antenna Amplifier Booster Mercedes CL600 CL63 CL65 C216 2007-13
  •  A 164 870 24 89
    •  GL550/GL450/GL350/GL320/ML550/ML350/ML320/ML500/
  • 2218208389

This is just a few part number for the Mercedes-Benz antenna amplifier. Call your dealer or remove the old part to find the part number that will fit your car.