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How do i get the code wait to go away & make my radio work again

I put in the wrong code, then code wait appears, i have waited hours/ days but it wont reset, do i have to keep ignition in the on position for an hour to make this work or what do i need to make it work.

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SOURCE: Z3 2001 Radio

TURN ON THE IGNITION FOR APPROXIMATELY 2 HOURS AND CODE WAIT WILL DISAPEAR AND YOU WILL GET:

CODE_ _ _ _ _ _

Posted on Aug 02, 2008

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You must unplug the wiring harness from the back of the radio, wait an hour, and plug it back in

Posted on Aug 07, 2008

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You must leave the key in the ignition for one hour before the CODE WAIT is replaced with CODE... then enter the correct code and you are away.

Posted on Sep 03, 2008

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SOURCE: I pressed the wrong code for my radio (business cd radio)

1. You have to have the code for the radio which varies by serial # of BMW. I got this code by calling my BMW dealer here in town. They were very nice and gave it to me for free.

2. When you enter the code wrong 3 times (I think) the radio goes into "sleep mode" for 2 or 3 hours of operation. In this sleep mode the radio will not let you enter the code from 1 above.

3. After waiting just enter the code and all will be well.

Posted on Jun 22, 2009

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SOURCE: BMW 325 i 1999 ''code wait'' in the radio

It normally says CODEWAIT because wrong codes have been entered previously.

The usual solution is to LEAVE SWITCHED ON....UNDISTURBED for as long as it takes to automatically reset itself.

This can sometimes be many hours as the waiting time doubles after each wrong code.However, normally , it is only an hour or two.

Posted on Mar 25, 2010

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