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If your BMW is equipped with a Start/Stop button, you may wonder how you turn on the dashboard lights, radio, and cigarette outlet without starting the car.

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You would turn the key one click on older BMWs, which was the position I or also known as the accessory position. In this guide, you will learn how to turn BMW accessories on (not start the engine) if your car has START/STOP.

The procedure to turn the BMW ignition on is straightforward.

BMW has Automatic Transmission

  1. Get into the car.
  2. Do not press the brake pedal.
  3. Press the Start/Stop button. Twice if necessary.
  4. Ignition will turn on; the engine will not start.

BMW has Manual Transmission

  1. Get into the car
  2. Do not press the clutch pedal.
  3. Press the Start/Stop button
  4. BMW ignition will turn on will not start.

Make sure to not keep the ignition on for a long time as it could drain the battery. This will cause your BMW battery to die, and you won™t be able to start the car without jump-starting it.

If you plan on keeping the ignition on for more than 10 minutes, such as for diagnostics, etc., connect a battery trickle charger to the jump terminals under the hood.

Avoid radio, heating, and other accessories when the ignition is on, and the car is not running.