How to start BMW if key fob is dead or not working
If the batteries in your BMW remote have died, you will not be able to start the car or unlock the doors using the keyless feature.
Follow the instructions in this guide to learn how to manually start your BMW. This guide will assist you if the key fob batteries have died or the key fob is not working.
If the main BMW battery has died, follow this guide to get into the car, then follow the instructions on this guide to jump-start a BMW with a dead car battery.
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How to manually start BMW
- Remove metal blade from key fob.
- Unlock the driver's door with the metal blade. (Alarm may go off.)
- Place the key into the ignition slot.If your BMW doesn't have an ignition slot place the keyfob (not metal blade) next to the right of the steering column. Note key symbol on the steering column.
- Press the brake pedal and hold it pressed. If your BMW has a manual transmission, make sure to press the clutch. Press the Stop/Start button.
If your BMW doesn't start, it means the key wasn’t recognized. A check control message may appear on the dashboard stating the key was not recognized. Your key may be defective or the ignition module has a problem.
Try the procedure one more time, making sure there is no more than two-second delay between steps.
Also, try the same procedure with a spare key.
For help with changing the key fob batteries follow this guide: How to change BMW key fob batteries.
- Radio transmission can interfere with the frequency of the BMW key. Also, electronic devices that may be in your pocket or charging in the car can interference with the keyless key fob.
- Use a BMW diagnostic scanner that is capable of reading BMW specific fault codes to read DME fault codes via the OBD2 port located under the dashboard.
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