I was given the security code for my '95 BMW 320i when purchased a few yeasr ago but have not had to use it until now. I can't get the system to accept the code. Is there a set procedure to follow when entering? BMW want $50 just to look at it!
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During the recall work, the battery was probably disconnected. This will cause the security feature of the radio to disable it until the activation code is inserted. This code was given to you at the time of purchase by the dealer. If you don;t have, the dealer can supply it, The dealer should have ensured that the radio was working prior to your picking the vehicle up after the recall work, but these issues are often overlooked.
You will need a unlock code to get your radio working again. Radio
security codes are usually written in your car manual or given to you
when you purchase the vehicle. If you do not have the radio security
code, you would have to obtain it from the local Kia dealer.
Normally the dealer just needs to know the serial and it will give you the code in less than a minute. If the code they gave you doesn't work then the radio unit has been modified and the only ones that know what was modified are the ones that did it.
Just bite the bullet and get a new radio - one with an iPod hookup , your wife will appreciate that.
You must remove the radio (unscrew the two security screws under the small flaps at the left and right sides of the radio face), get the radio serial number from th etag on the radio, then go to a BMW dealer, who can look up the security code.
The two screws require a special tool for removal. you can get it at Bavarian Autosport:
The BMW anti-theft radio circuitry is designed to essentially render your radio unsalable if it is stolen. If the radio is subsequently electrically reconnected, it will not operate until a five-digit security code assigned to your radio is entered. The anti-theft features and operation are as follows:
After the ignition key is removed, the red "anti-theft" LED will continuously flash, drawing attention to this feature.
Should anyone, such as a thief, touch any push-button on the radio after the key is removed, the anti-theft inscription will flash and a warning tone will sound for 5 minutes or until the ignition is turned ON .
Should the voltage supply to the radio drop below 5 volts due to a dead battery, electrical repairs, or radio removal (such as theft), the radio will not function when voltage is restored. The word "code" will show in the display only.
The proper 5-digit code shown on the TWO CARDS SUPPLIED TO YOU must then be entered (using the proper number radio push-button selectors in the bottom row) when the radio is on and the display shows "code". If the correct code is not entered in three successive tries , the radio will not accept entry until the radio has been left on for one hour with the ignition ON . IMPORTANT: When entering 5-digit code number, be sure to complete sequence number of that 5-digit code. For example: Code No. sequence is 43215 and you mistakenly enter 42 instead of 3, continue the code number sequence of 215 to complete that entry. The radio will not operate and "code" will reappear in the display. Re-enter the correct number sequence of 43215 and operation of the radio will continue. The likelihood of guessing the correct code is extremely remote. The radio is, therefore, unsalable to a thief. NOTE: If an audible beep is heard while entering the 5-digit code, STOP immediately ! Begin entering the code again, starting with the first number of the 5-digit code.
The code card should be placed in your wallet, or with the vehicle title papers for security as deemed necessary by your individual needs.
Should radio or electrical repairs become necessary, please give the repairing facility the radio code number. If you do not, only authorized BMW dealer personnel can obtain the code from BMW.
Should you lose your code cards, contact the nearest BMW dealer who will then obtain your code from BMW. You may be charged for removal of the radio to ascertain the radio chassis number.
WARNING: FOR YOUR PROTECTION, CODES WILL NOT BE GIVEN OUT TO ANYONE UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES OTHER THAN AUTHORIZED BMW DEALER PERSONNEL AFTER PROOF OF VEHICLE OWNERSHIP AND PROPER IDENTIFICATION IS ESTABLISHED.
Install the 2 enclosed warning decals in accordance with motor vehicle regulations.
If you do not have the code written down somewhere in the literature you got when you bought the car then the only way to obtain it is through a dealer. When you call BMW they will ask you for the serial number of the radio. This is located on the radio and can only be found by removing the radio itself. I hope this helps and please don't forget to rate me.