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BMW E36 Key Programming Guide




Series E36

Series Compact/Hatchback (E36)


Remote alarm/central locking

Infrared transmitter

System operation

A.Infrared receiver located in rear view mirror.

B.Pressing key UNLOCK button deactivates alarm,central locking and immobilizer.

C.Pressing key LOCK button once activates alarm, central locking and immobilizer.

D.Pressing key LOCK button again within 10 seconds deactivates alarm system gradient sensor.

E.Alarm system gradient sensor remains deactivated until alarm system reactivated.

F.Holding key LOCK button in depressed position closes windows and then sunroof.

G.If key LOCK button is released accidentally, proceed as follows;

  a.Briefly press and release key UNLOCK button.

  b.Press and hold key LOCK button.


KEY Programming


A.Key batteries completely discharged.

B.Key batteries not replaced within 60 seconds.

C.Key added or replaced.

D.DO NOT press key buttons during battery replacement.



A.Unlock vehicle using key UNLOCK button.

B.Enter vehicle,Close driver's door.

C.Switch ignition ON and OFF.

D.Programming mode activated.

NOTE: Point key at infrared receiver location in rear view mirror. Distance form receiver, Less than 15 cm.

E.Proceed as follows:

  a.Press and hold key UNLOCK button.

  b.Press key LOCK button times within 10 seconds keeping key UNLOCK button depressed.

  c.Release key UNLOCK button.

F.LED flashes slowly for 10 seconds.

G.System should lock and unlock vehicle to indicate programming has been successful.

H.Repeat above procedure if LED does not flash or central locking system does not work.

I.Repeat above procedure to program remairing keys.

NOTE: A maximum of 4 keys can be programmed carry out programming procedure for each key within


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