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Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 09-12-2014, 10:51 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 246
Posted By scottjoh
Central locking and alarm problem

The sunroof is probably opening on it's own because the driver's side actuator needs to be replaced. It is not caused by the passenger side actuator.


No, it is not because you disconnected the...
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 09-12-2014, 10:48 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 241
Posted By scottjoh
Intermittent Locking Problem

No. The central locking button issue that OscarN is talking about would not cause the remote to stop working.
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 09-05-2014, 12:46 PM
Replies: 59
Views: 1,451
Posted By scottjoh
Key FOB question

Do not use non-rechargeable batteries in the diamond key fobs. Use only the VL2020 batteries.


Sounds like a standard broken component or bad connection problem that I normally see. The voltage...
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 09-05-2014, 12:11 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 406
Posted By scottjoh
I believe the previous owner replaced the rear...

I believe the previous owner replaced the rear view mirror with the wrong one. Take it off and have the dealer check the PN to make sure you have one compatible with your car. Make sure you inform...
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 08-09-2014, 08:53 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 9,931
Posted By scottjoh
Started to leak a bit? What leaked? There is...

Started to leak a bit? What leaked? There is nothing in the relays to leak. Once in a while I do find that the electrolytic capacitors are leaking which is why I replace them on every module I...
Forum: X3 E83 (2004 - 2010) 08-01-2014, 09:53 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 303
Posted By scottjoh
water damage to electric windows, drivers main control panel nonoperative

Ok, that makes more sense. Wrong forum. This forum is for the E46 3-series. The driver's control on the X3 is a smart module. Microprocessor controlled and serial bus communication back to the...
Forum: X3 E83 (2004 - 2010) 07-31-2014, 02:29 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 303
Posted By scottjoh
water damage to electric windows, drivers main control panel nonoperative

Control panel on driver's door? Are you sure you are in the correct forum for your car. The E46 only has L/R outside mirror controls on the drivers door. The window controls are on the center...
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 07-31-2014, 02:26 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 201
Posted By scottjoh
If it doesn't work then this is probably...

If it doesn't work then this is probably something wrong with the car or the remote.
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 07-30-2014, 02:25 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 317
Posted By scottjoh
Most of the time it is the actuator. I had a...

Most of the time it is the actuator. I had a similar problem, but, it affected multiple doors shown that they were open and turning on the dome light, tripping the alarm etc. I had to repair my...
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 07-27-2014, 06:12 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 688
Posted By scottjoh
You said before that it's $80 to get the key...

You said before that it's $80 to get the key programmed by, Orchard Hardware I believe you said, but, have you actually got your aftermarket key programmed??? BMW does not sell the codes to 3rd...
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 07-27-2014, 05:58 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 317
Posted By scottjoh
It is always the driver's door actuator. That is...

It is always the driver's door actuator. That is the only door that has a key hole and a key position sensor in the actuator. It is this key position sensor that goes bad (magnets and hall effect...
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 07-27-2014, 05:50 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 271
Posted By scottjoh
Yes, all doors MUST be closed when doing key...

Yes, all doors MUST be closed when doing key sync. BTW the procedure is in the owners manual that came with the car. The 2nd procedure you posted above is ridiculous and filled with extra steps...
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 07-27-2014, 05:38 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 201
Posted By scottjoh
It's in the cars owner's manual. I have scanned...

It's in the cars owner's manual. I have scanned the pages and posted them here www.bmwgm5.com/key_recode.htm
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 05-29-2014, 06:43 PM
Replies: 56
Views: 13,492
Posted By scottjoh
When it comes to K-bus problems every car is...

When it comes to K-bus problems every car is going to be different. There are some many things it could be you just need to methodically start disconnection wires from the k-bus shorting bar until...
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 05-21-2014, 12:37 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 617
Posted By scottjoh
The small 10-pin connector if definitely for the...

The small 10-pin connector if definitely for the CD-changer. Why do you care how many wires goes into the connector?
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 05-11-2014, 10:05 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 5,134
Posted By scottjoh
So should we all send out clusters to jfallen for...

So should we all send out clusters to jfallen for repair? I don't think so! There are no BGA parts on the cluster and everything can be resoldered with a standard soldering iron and some flux. I...
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 05-11-2014, 07:42 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 214
Posted By scottjoh
The general module 5 (the electronic control...

The general module 5 (the electronic control module for the door locks and a few other functions) is bad. It is fairly common for it to go bad. They are very expensive to replace. The best option...
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 05-07-2014, 10:41 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 5,134
Posted By scottjoh
OMG don't bake electronics. The temperature...

OMG don't bake electronics. The temperature profile required to properly do hot air reflow on a board can not be duplicated in a home oven. Also the chips that have been exposed to air should be...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 05-05-2014, 07:44 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 181
Posted By scottjoh
Will you please stop with the best links searches!

Will you please stop with the best links searches!
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 05-05-2014, 02:49 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 678
Posted By scottjoh
key replacement costs

Rosero, the universal key (51 21-8 205 441) is the non remote key with the light inside called Illuminated key. The key with remote is called the Master key and $220 isn't a bad price. Some dealers...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 05-05-2014, 02:42 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 181
Posted By scottjoh
BMW INPA/EDIABAS also works very well. What...

BMW INPA/EDIABAS also works very well.

What are the symptom?
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 04-29-2014, 09:40 PM
Replies: 277
Views: 71,103
Posted By scottjoh
First of all the newer design LCM in your car is...

First of all the newer design LCM in your car is much more reliable. It is still repairable if a similar problem occurs like the old design, but, that means the failure of just one or two lights,...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 04-29-2014, 09:03 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 772
Posted By scottjoh
Can't initialize the key with the car (2002 540)

A blown fuse 53 is a very common cause of no remote function. Do not cut you key open and mess it up following the stupid guy in the video above. Horrible horrible video and I don't know why...
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 04-29-2014, 07:40 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 260
Posted By scottjoh
Interior switches

Common problem, the switch block is broken. Replace it. You can find new ones on eBay for fairly cheap (about $20-25)
P/N 61318368920
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 04-26-2014, 12:05 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 288
Posted By scottjoh
The E39 5-series front suspension is completely...

The E39 5-series front suspension is completely different from that on the E46 and pretension is absolutely necessary on the 5. The front suspension on the 3 is very forgiving. The only adjustment...
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