How Do I Program My BMW Key Fob?
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Adding a touch to your car with used BMW parts and wondering how to program your BMW key? If you want to take advantage of technology features like keyless entry, it’s not as though you need to visit a professional BMW key programmer. In fact, programming the BMW key fob is quick, easy, and simple enough to perform at your home in Passaic or Hackensack.

If you already have one working key, you’ll want to follow the first set of instructions listed below. If you’re starting from scratch, you’ll want to take the second set of steps.

Programming Additional BMW Key Fobs

Most drivers already have one working key in their possession, but if they’d like to provide a functioning key to a second or third driver, they will probably need to program it themself. Here’s everything you need to know to get started:

  1. Collect the working key, as well as all of the keys you’d like to program. Then, get inside the car and close all of the windows and doors.
  2. Place the working key in the ignition and turn it to position 1. Your dashboard lights should turn on, but your engine should remain silent.
  3. Then, simply turn the key back to position 0, and remove it.
  4. Hold the unlock button down on the working key. Then press the lock button/BMW logo three times, quickly. When you release the unlock button, you should hear the doors lock and unlock.
  5. Take one of the keys that haven’t been programmed yet, and follow the same steps. While holding down the unlock button, press the lock/BMW logo button three times. Then release. Your new BMW key fob should now be completely paired with your vehicle!
  6. Repeat as necessary until all of your keys are programmed and ready to go.

Programming a New Key from Scratch

If you suffered a loss and had to procure a BMW key fob replacement, you may need to start from scratch! In order to pair this new key with your vehicle, you’ll need to take the following steps:

  1. Place the new, unpaired key into the ignition. Quickly turn it to position one, and then flip it back to position 0. Do this rapidly, five times.
  2. Remove the key from the ignition.
  3. While you’re holding down the unlock button, press the lock button/BMW logo three times in quick succession.
  4. If you have other keys to program, repeat step three with each. Move quickly, you’ll only have thirty seconds to complete the process, from the moment of the last key’s programming.
  5. To cement the pairing, simply turn on the ignition using the key you’ve programmed!

Solve All of Your BMW Key Issues with Richard Catena Auto!

If this programming process doesn’t appear to work for your vehicle, don’t let it add stress to your day. Some models might have slightly different programming methods, so if you’re running into problems, you should check your owner’s manual or reach out to someone on our team.

Perhaps you just need a new BMW key battery or a BMW key fob replacement. We’re happy to say that we can help with that too! The members of our team have experience with a wide variety of makes and models, and we’re prepared to give advice on everything from luxury car care to picking the perfect BMW color. Start a conversation today!

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