How Do I Program My BMW Key Fob?

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Programming the keyless entry on your BMW key fob is a simple procedure that most drivers in and around the Chicago area won’t have trouble doing. There are two basic methods: one to use when you already have a key fob that works but want to program additional keys, and the other when you are starting from scratch without a working key. Learn more below, then get additional BMW tips like how to update BMW software at Perillo BMW today!

Programming Additional BMW Key Fobs

If you want to know how to program extra keys, follow these steps below:

  1. Take the working key fob along with the ones you want to program inside the car with all doors and windows closed.
  2. Put the working key into the ignition and turn to position 1. At this point, the dash lights and accessories should turn on.
  3. Turn the key back and remove.
  4. On the working key, hold down the unlock button and press the lock button (the BMW logo) 3 times, then release the unlock button. The doors will then automatically lock and unlock.
  5. Take the new key and hold down the unlock button while pressing the BMW logo 3 times, then release the unlock button. Again the doors should lock and unlock, and you’re done.

Programming a New Key from Scratch

The instructions below are for programming a new key when you do not have a working key fob.

  1. Insert the new key into the ignition and turn it to position 1 and back 5 times rapidly.
  2. Remove the key.
  3. Hold the unlock button and press the BMW logo 3 times, then release the unlock button.
  4. If you have additional keys you need to program, repeat step 3 within 30 seconds from the original key programming.
  5. Turn on the ignition to complete the process.

How to Change a BMW Key Battery

What if the battery in your BMW key fob is no longer working properly? Learning how to change a BMW key battery is actually quite simple. Learn how to replace a BMW key battery below.

  1. Find the correct battery for your key fob. It will likely be a CR2032 battery.
  2. Press the small tab in the key fob and pull to remove the valet key.
  3. Once the valet key is out of the way, you will see a small access port on the key fob.
  4. Carefully remove the key battery cover with the valet key or a flathead screwdriver if you prefer.
  5.  Remove the dead battery and put the new battery securely in place.

Learning how to change a BMW key battery only takes a few minutes. You can get back on the roads of Chicago in no time.

Visit Perillo BMW for More Assistance

If you need additional help with the BMW key programmer, need replacement keys, a new BMW key battery, or have questions about how to replace the battery, we’re here to help! We can also offer car care tips like how to clean the leather seats, and how to clean the car windshield inside. Park Ridge drivers can rely on the service department at Perillo BMW to walk you through the procedure. Stop by our parts department in Chicago or place your parts order online today! Contact us today with any questions!

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