Troubleshoot BMW TCU telematic control unit

Troubleshoot BMW TCU telematic control unit

In this guide, we take a look at how to read fault codes from BMW telematic control unit (TCU) module using an OBD-II diagnostic scanner.  BMW TCU module is located in the trunk area but fault codes stored in the TCU can be read via the OBD-II port under the dashboard. BMW TCU module contains the Bluetooth module. 

A defective TCU module can prevent your phone from connecting to the car via Bluetooth.  TCU and your Bluetooth handset communicate with each other via the antenna connected to the TCU.


What is BMW TCU module? 

TCU stands for Telematic Control Unit.  

When your BMW TCU module fails you may notice the SOS malfunction message on iDrive screen.

How to read BMW TCU codes

If you are experiencing problems a good starting point is to read fault codes from the TCU module. If any code is showing PRESENT status the problem needs to be fixed before the code can be cleared. 

What you will need

  • BMW Diagnostic Scanners 
    • For this step, you will need a diagnostic scanner that is capable of reading, clearing codes from BMW TCU module. 


These are general instructions and may vary depending on the diagnostic scanner model that you use to troubleshoot BMW vehicles.

  1. Plug in the OBD-II scanner into the diagnostic port under the dashboard. diagnose bmw TCU fault code via obd2 port


  2. Turn on the ignition, don't start the engine. turn on bmw ignition to read TCU fault codes


  3. Turn on the scanner and select your BMW chassis.  Next, Select Control Units menu. bmw TCU control unit module reading codes


  4. Select TCU control unit list
  5. Once you enter the TCU module, you will be able to do the following. 
    • Read Codes from TCU Module
    • Clear Codes from TCU Module
    • Perform Adaptations, Activations, Tests

When purchasing a BMW scanner, verify that it supports your BMW model and year. Full system scanners that are known to work on BMW vehicles can range in price from $150 to $800 USD.  Learn more about popular BMW scanners here

Buy BMW TCU module

You can buy BMW TCU from your dealer or purchase a BMW TCU Module online. Note that TCU module needs to be programmed and coded to match the options and your VIN number. Keep in mind that the Bluetooth code used to pair your phone with the car is stored in the TCU.  



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