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E36 BMW 318I CENTRAL LOCKING A. I bought a 2nd hand 1995 BMW 318I in South Africa. Good condition. No owner?s manual. Everything worked ok for a few months. Then the batteries of the remote key transmitter (3 button) for the central locking/alarm (OEM EWS 2) was getting flat and it starts to open and close intermittently. When the car was lock with the window open the remote could not unlock the car. I opened the door trough the window and the alarm went off and the red light in front of the gear lever starts flashing. I could not stop the alarm with the remote (probably flat batteries) and without the proper procedure how to disarm it I disconnect the battery of the car. After reconnecting the battery and changing key transmitter batteries (voltage ok) and making sure the remotes are transmitting (Led flashing) the central locking does not work. B. The normal procedure (boot, door, switch x5 etc) does not work because I cannot get the central locking/alarm in learning mode. Led light up and alarm chirp once etc. 1. What is the procedure to reset the central locking system of my mistake? 2. What is the procedure to synchronize the remote with the car system if the remote batteries are flat of the spare key? 3. How can I test if a remote is transmitting? Johnz1313 [email protected]

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Hi Johnz, I am reposting the programming instructions I found in the hopes that they can get you out of your jam - these instructions are copied from (the link goes to the specific page for BMW 3 series. They posted several different methods - I hope one of them works for you!

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Try locking and unlocking the car with the key 3 times slowly ,other than that i have no idea ?? another trick is to disconnect battery and join the cables together for a few minutes to discharge any capacitors that may be holding a charge in the computer..Only other thing i can think of is the main dealers who have the right connectors and software to re set it all .sorry i havent been of any help

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