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Baldman 08-12-2011 06:40 AM

E39 Alarm Problems
My alarm seems to always go off on my 2003 530 after I've parked and locked the car. Is their a sensitivity level or something else that's wrong? Thanks for the help!

bmw_n00b13 08-12-2011 06:46 AM

Is there a dog in the car when you lock it? There's a motion sensor in the car.
Check here:

Originally Posted by bluebee (Post 6097104)
- How to understand the BMW E39 EWS alarm drive-away protection system (1) (2) & troubleshoot the alarm & hood switch (1) (2) (3) (4) or replace the siren (1) or disable the unlock chirp (1) (2) & how to maintain (1) and repair your hood release bowden cable (1) (2) (3)

Baldman 08-12-2011 06:55 AM

Thanks, n0013. No dog in the car! Appears it goes off even in calm areas, such as my garage at home which is sheltered from wind and vibration.

thecushion 08-12-2011 07:13 AM

Hood Pin switch.

Baldman 08-12-2011 09:09 AM

Thanks, thecushion. I'll give it a try!

adjmcloon 08-12-2011 09:25 AM

This issue can also be indicative of a battery on its way out. Check your voltage

CoreyMNK 08-12-2011 09:42 AM

I would check the hood switch first, this happened to me too... low and behold, my hood switch was falling out of its holder thing. I have it zip-tied in now.

Syprist 08-12-2011 10:57 AM

My speed sensor went on me and the exact same problem happened. Replaced the sensor and no issues so far. My dads VW Jetta had the same problem as well. His alarm was going off at 2,3, sometimes even 4am until he replaced his sensor. Is this common in German Cars?


Baldman 09-01-2011 10:44 AM

Hood Pin Switch was the problem. Replaced for $25 and no problems since. Thanks for all the help.

chiefwej 09-01-2011 04:53 PM

Just unplug the hood switch (on the front corner of the drivers side cabin filter) and I'll bet the problem goes away. If so you can replace the switch or just leave it unplugged. That's the source of most false alarm issues.

dalekressin 09-01-2011 04:58 PM


Originally Posted by bmw_n00b13 (Post 6250641)
Is there a dog in the car when you lock it? There's a motion sensor in the car.
Check here:

Yeah, I learned about the dog & alarms too :rofl:

txtigr 05-03-2012 02:18 PM

E39 Alarm Problems
I have seen several threads for the alarm going off at random. My E39 530i started the same issue. I replaced the hood switch and it still went off at random. I unplugged the interior sensor, and it still went off at random. I removed fuse 48 from the trunk fuse panel, and even though siren would not sound, lights would still flash while alarm was going off at random. Come to find out that there is an updated hood switch, that originally came off the X5, with a longer plunger. When I had the alarm code read, it said the hood was opened 31 times. I picked it up from my local dealer for about $18 and no problems at all now. Hope this helps some of you.

EconoBox 10-04-2012 02:36 PM

I am having this nightmare issue today.
The alarm only goes off when I access the car (unlock via the key)

I disconnected the hood latch socket. Alarm still goes off.
I pulled out Fuse 48 in the trunk. This actually set off the alarm again!
I will now test the battery voltage, but I've had low voltage before and never had the alarm fritz! (12.6v off and 14v on)

I can lock it twice to disable interior sensor, but that's not my issue (the key unlock sets off the alarm)
Just in case, is it easy to unplug the interior sensor??

PS: I HATE car alarms. Is there a wire I can just cut?
This is only one step below your car being on fire.
I'd rather have my tranny die, honestly. Less drama and attention.

EconoBox 10-05-2012 03:26 PM

A new battery seems to have solved my car alarm issue!
I was locking and unlocking the car with glee (and silence)

As a postmortem, I did notice my door locks were occasionally acting "weak" over the last few weeks.
Sometimes, they'd hesitate when unlocking (weak battery?).
I also noticed I had to sometimes unlock again when they first try seemed to abort/stall.
Otherwise, there was no indication of a low battery.
The locking/unlocking now seems more "crisp", but I'm not sure if that's the placebo effect.

A new 49-DL was $118 out the door at AutoZone. Here is the DIY
Even if this isn't the real culprit, I don't mind dropping $100 on a service item. My Excide was about 2 years old, FWIW.

It's been 5 months since anything has gone wrong with my E39.

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