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Old 09-03-2006, 11:40 PM
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Central Locking problems after battery replacement. Ideas?

Posted this in the General section - but it was suggested I post here as well - here goes.

This all pertains to our 2003 X5 3.0.

Hadn't driven the car for several weeks - and found the battery dead the other day. Jumped it (carefully following directions in manual) - drove it around for a while - seemed to restore a reasonble charge.

However - the keys/fobs no longer work to lock or unlock the car. Must insert the key in the drivers door handle. This manual method works as expected. But the keys/fobs don't work anymore. ALSO: The lock/unlock button inside the car no longer works.

Having had weird behavior in my 540i when the battery was near-dead, I decided to try replacing the battery. Did that, but that has not improved anything. Still have the same problems.

I have tried the following:
-- Checked all central locking fuses - all ok.
-- Tried to reprogram both keys (via the directions found elsewhere on this forum) - no response. Did this before and after replacing the battery.
-- Replaced the battery.

So now I'm out of DIY ideas. Anybody have any other bright ideas?
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Old 09-04-2006, 08:09 AM
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You may need to charge the keys or it could be the key to key memory link up. Dealer may need to re-program the module.
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Old 09-04-2006, 08:58 AM
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call your service adivisor, they should be able to fix it while you wait !
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Old 06-08-2010, 11:24 AM
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Remote control issue after battery jump and recharged

I also have the exast same problem after my battery dead, jump and recharged. My remote control and central lock system have the same sympton as yours. I am interested in finding out any DIY solution.
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Old 09-02-2012, 10:02 AM
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I had the same problem but got the module repaired for 55 with a guy in REading UK. His number is 07790658 683. Good luck and do not waste your money with greedy garage!!!
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