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How To Program a BMW Key Fob

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North Haven and New Haven area drivers might find programming their BMW Key Fob and BMW Key Battery a straightforward task, but if you’ve never done it before or you want a quick refresher, it’s helpful to have specific instructions on hand to make the process go more smoothly–check out our guides below and contact us if you have any questions!

How to Program a BMW Key Fob Replacement From The Beginning

Use this guide if you don’t have a working key fob and need to create a new BMW Key Programmer from scratch:

  • Push the key into your BMW’s ignition switch position 1 (aka don’t start the engine but turn on the electronic systems) and move it back and forth (from position 1 to off) quickly five times.
  • Remove the key and hold the unlock button down. Press the lock button (BMW logo) 3 times, then let go of the unlock button.
  • You can program additional key fobs at this time by repeating the above step within 30 seconds of the original key programming step.
  • Switch on the vehicle’s ignition to complete the programming process.

How to Program Additional BMW Key Fobs Using an Original

For those drivers that already have a working key fob but need to create additional keys, the guide below will be of help:

  • Enter your BMW vehicle with the working key fob and the additional fobs that you wish to program. Make sure that the doors and windows are closed.
  • Insert the original working key into the vehicle’s ignition and turn it position 1. The car’s dash lights and accessories should light up.
  • Turn the key back and remove.
  • Again working with the original key fob, hold down the unlock button and press the lock button (the BMW logo) three times, then releasing the unlock button. At that point, the doors should automatically lock and unlock.
  • Grab a new key and hold down the unlock button while pressing the BMW logo three times like before, then release the unlock button. Again the doors should lock and unlock.
  • Repeat for all additional key fobs.
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Contact our Service Department for Additional Help

The above set of instructions should work for the majority of BMW vehicles but in the event that Cheshire and Branford area drivers have trouble completing the key fob programming process, we suggest contacting ourservice department for additional guidance, or save time and schedule your vehicle in for a service visit online. As a reminder, keep your BMW running smoothly by reviewing its regular maintenance schedule to ensure that it continues to provide you with trouble-free driving. For any questions, please contact us today!

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