Question about 1996 BMW 318

1 Answer

My bmw will not start when the central locking fails

My bmw will not start when the central locking does not work i relise it shoulnt affect it but im thinking that what ever is stoping the central locking from working also is stoping somthing else from starting the car my problem is intermitent the central locking works when it wants to when it dose work the car starts! im confused

Posted by on

  • b_jw Mar 04, 2009

    in one... thanks

  • whizzkidde May 03, 2009

    same problem..but how can i unlock the car..i had to break in thru the windows and manged somehow to start the car but i cant fuel my car as nor can i open my doors. how do i go about unlocking the doors and all. its frustrating



1 Answer

  • Level 1:

    An expert who has achieved level 1.

  • Contributor
  • 1 Answer

There is a computer under the glove compartment that controls the locking system in your car that also works with the alarm system in your car and if that computer is not working properly that is the reason why. If that computer registers that the car was not open properly that it will deactivate the starter

Posted on Mar 04, 2009


1 Suggested Answer

  • 2 Answers

SOURCE: I have freestanding Series 8 dishwasher. Lately during the filling cycle water hammer is occurring. How can this be resolved

A 6ya expert can help you resolve that issue over the phone in a minute or two.
Best thing about this new service is that you are never placed on hold and get to talk to real repairmen in the US.
The service is completely free and covers almost anything you can think of (from cars to computers, handyman, and even drones).
click here to download the app (for users in the US for now) and get all the help you need.
Good luck!

Posted on Jan 02, 2017


Add Your Answer

Uploading: 0%


Complete. Click "Add" to insert your video. Add



Related Questions:

1 Answer

Disconnected battery to reset computer when central locking failed after a blown fuse and as a result bluetooth is now not connecting, it is a 2005 320i and the little telephone icon is not appearing above...

i recently replaced the battery in my 2006 X5 diesel, now the central locking is not working, I am in a remote location and not able to attend a BMW dealer, is there anyway I can resent the central locking. Cheers allen

Apr 22, 2011 | 2005 BMW X5

1 Answer

I have a BMW Series 3 , the remote assistance in the key is not working , how can i fix it ?

This is a very common malfunction in our cars, often due to a faulty/failing fuel door actuator. You can pull the fuse for it (I forget the # in the trunk fuse array but it's pretty easy to google and find out) or, easier, disconnect the actuator plug (right side of trunk above battery, clearly visible coming from behind the fuel door.) If you disconnect this and the problem goes away, then it is the cause. Just leave it disconnected, the only thing it will affect is the fuel door locking when the central locking is engaged. (If you're worried about syphoning then you can pay to have it replaced or DIY)

Mar 21, 2011 | 2008 BMW 3 Series

1 Answer

Central locking does not work on my BMW 320D SE model


there is a motor placed inside the doors for the operation of the central lockin system. when you open the door by key this motos is activated and all door locks are released. your problem may because of this motor is failed.

cause of the failure
1.the wire going to the motor may be chopped off.
2.the junction box connecting the wires may be damaged.
3.fuse may be blown out.
4.motor itsef damaged.

so please check weather power is coming to the motor using multi meter. if the power is not coming to it then the problem is with the wires. if the power is coming to it then problem is with the motor.

i suggest you to take to BMW because you need to remove the door pannel its better if they do it.

please vote me if my answer was useful to you.

Jul 12, 2010 | 2004 BMW 3 Series

1 Answer

2001 330i BMW hazard lights & central locking in car won't work

I'm having the same problem have you fixed yours?

Jul 11, 2010 | 2001 BMW 330

1 Answer

Central locking in my bmw 320 diesel isnt working it wont open the doors but it will start the engine , the spare key is the same so its not the battery of the keys

Providing central locking works when you insert key in lock,try programming keys
Enter car make sure all doors/windows are shut
Switch ignition on and off,remove key
Press lock button on key 3 times whithin 10 seconds and release unlock
Central locking will lock/unlock rapidly to confirm reset
If your key is the type with bmw logo in the middle battery replacement is not possible,as it charges as you drive

Jun 21, 2010 | 2004 BMW 3 Series

2 Answers

2003 bmw 325i keys does not unlock and the door wont open how do i find a central locking system if im completely locked out?

insert the key into the drivers side or passender side front door, twist the key and pull open on the handle at the same time and the door will open. It might take a few times to get it, but this does work, source BMW AG Munich.

Mar 20, 2009 | 2003 BMW 325

3 Answers

Central Locking not working

Hi Craig,
I'm running a E34 Tds Touring with a similar problem, my rear doors and tailgate have dropped of the central locking circuit.
I have been told it is the Central locking Module a large black box under the dash that is faulty, apparently a common problem.
Hope this points you in the right direction,
Please remember to rate my effort!
Paul 'W'
Onyer~EDson(:0) {#><U.K.

Jan 19, 2009 | 1999 BMW 318 ti

1 Answer


I have the same problem - Drivers door windows wing mirrors and drivers door lock not working also air bag light on. The car has been to a BMW specialist for over a week as the drivers door dead locked.
The mechanic used his diagnostic gadget which showed a problem with the drivers door. All other doors windows locks work except drivers door. Has check the power supply to the drivers door switch all ok. Is the problem with this internal window control switch and how does this affect the drivers door lock?
Please Please help

Aug 25, 2008 | 1989 BMW 5 Series

2 Answers

Repair central locking on bmw 318i

you can take the fuse out from under ther bonnet and open and close the doors manually(boot may not open though), the fault is with one of the locking mechenisms in any door

Aug 01, 2008 | 1999 BMW 318 ti

1 Answer

I have a bmw 316ti compact on a 52 reg. The central locking gave up working 3mths ago and we was useing the key to lock and unlock the car,then all ov a sudden we couldnt start the car.when you put the...

with any BMW they have their problems, one is the central locking/immobilizer, the central locking is linked into the immobilizer and vice versa, the immobilizer takes it signal to disarm from the central locking and the ignition key ring. (chip in the key) if one of these starts to play up it has loads of consequences this being one of them. they all need to work together for the system to work properly. you would need to read the alarm and immobiliser codes using an ob2 tool that can detect them, and find the fault some problems it can be the drivers door sensor in the lock this is the main door as its drivers side and it controls all other doors on the central locking. if the switch is worn in any of it movements the system will not know the door has been opened, this does not work on the interior light as that is a switch in the door frame. the door lock is lock unlock and deadlock with key with remote fob its also arm disarm alarm and immobiliser. i have seen in some models there is a sensor auto lock so when you walk away with the key the doors lock automatically all lease parts work together. any one having a problem can cause no signal to be sent to the others in the system to start engine .

Jun 22, 2017 | BMW 318 Cars & Trucks

Not finding what you are looking for?
1996 BMW 318 Logo

Related Topics:

614 people viewed this question

Ask a Question

Usually answered in minutes!

Top BMW Experts

Anthony Jones
Anthony Jones

Level 2 Expert

128 Answers


Level 2 Expert

254 Answers


Level 2 Expert

281 Answers

Are you a BMW Expert? Answer questions, earn points and help others

Answer questions

Manuals & User Guides