I have a breakdown call out. But as my car is at home I'm a low priority
and probably won't get serviced until tomorrow, Sunday. So meanwhile I'd
appreciate any advice I can get in either of these two newsgroups please.
I may then be able to fix it myself.
Something has screwed up the anti-theft and/or automatic locking system on
my 1996 BMW 328i SE Auto. Two results: I cannot open the boot, and my
hazard warning lights cannot be turned off.
I can start the engine OK. I can unlock the driver and passenger doors
manually with the key. The remote auto-locking button on my key fob has no
effect on anything.
Taking events as I recall them happening:
1. On trying to open the car automatically with the remote auto-locking
button (after nearly a week) it didn't work.
2. So I opened the car with the key
3. I started the engine.
4. The alarm went off, and I stopped it somehow.
5. When I stopped the engine and removed the key, the hazard warning
lights continued. Pressing the hazard switch on/off made no difference.
I thought I'd resort to disconnecting the battery, which I recalled was in
the boot somewhere. That's when I discovered I couldn't open the boot!
(What's that all about BTW? Why should I be unable to open it manually
with the key, just like the doors?)
So far I see no way of disconnecting the battery under the bonnet?
Should I now try removing fuses? There seem to be 4 possibly relevant
Anti-theft Alarm System: fuses 31, 34, 43, 47 (the latter inaccessible
under glove box)
Central Locking system: fuses 7, 35, 43
Immobilizer: fuses 31, 45
Hazard warning flasher and turn indicator lights: fuses 23, 34
I managed to stop the hazard lights by removing #34. (Although now, after
preparing the above, I see I could have probably done so more simply and
with no possible effect on other aspects, by removing #23 or 24.)
But how should best proceed to restore correct operation of everything
please? Can I do so by methodical removal and immediate replacement of
Any help would be much appreciated please.
Terry, East Grinstead, UK