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Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 12-21-2014, 02:16 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 329
Posted By scottjoh
The battery in the key has nothing to do with...

The battery in the key has nothing to do with starting the engine. You can take the battery out if you want and if everything else is still good it should start the car. There are three components...
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 09-16-2014, 10:47 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 544
Posted By scottjoh
The problem with the door key lock spinning is...

The problem with the door key lock spinning is that the lock cylinder broke. It needs to be repaired or replaced. 317CCA is low, but, should not cause problems with speaker popping or dash reset. ...
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 09-16-2014, 10:44 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 198
Posted By scottjoh
The remote doesn't lower the window that 1/4",...

The remote doesn't lower the window that 1/4", the door ajar sensor in the door does and that sensor is not working. Check that the cluster senses the door ajar correctly. The driver's door is not...
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 09-12-2014, 11:51 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 478
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, 11:48 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 341
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, 01:46 PM
Replies: 63
Views: 2,850
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, 01:11 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 581
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, 09:53 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 11,528
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, 10:53 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 509
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, 03:29 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 509
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, 03:26 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 237
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, 03:25 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 715
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, 07:12 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 819
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, 06:58 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 715
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, 06:50 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 335
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, 06:38 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 237
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, 07:43 PM
Replies: 57
Views: 16,559
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, 01:37 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,068
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, 11:05 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 7,597
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, 08:42 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 285
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, 11:41 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 7,597
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, 08:44 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 240
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, 03:49 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,311
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, 03:42 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 240
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, 10:40 PM
Replies: 288
Views: 77,942
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,...
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