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    Check the wiring as above, then also check the tailgate wiring as in my guide. I get the feeling there is a short somewhere.
     
     

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    All wiring seems okay.
    I went to an auto electrician today and he said if you have changed the car battery the module may have defaulted to the factory setting which is to auto-activate after 30 seconds. He doesn't have a Sigma fault reader though.
     
     

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    It's theoretically possible but I've never known it happen, plus auto-arm is disabled as soon as you you turn the ignition to position 2.

    Provided you have checked everything the only thing left is a faulty module. See if you get a second-hand one off eBay or from a breakers and try that.
     
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by billywhizz1984 View Post
    It's theoretically possible but I've never known it happen, plus auto-arm is disabled as soon as you you turn the ignition to position 2.

    Provided you have checked everything the only thing left is a faulty module. See if you get a second-hand one off eBay or from a breakers and try that.
    If the key is in the ignition, it doesn't auto arm.
     
     

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    Yes, sorry you mentioned that earlier didn't you!

    Well, reprogramming by a specialist or replacement module it is then. Let me know how you get on.
     
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by billywhizz1984 View Post
    Yes, sorry you mentioned that earlier didn't you!

    Well, reprogramming by a specialist or replacement module it is then. Let me know how you get on.
    Will do, fingers crossed.
     
     

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    By the way. If you do get it reprogrammed take some pics of the programmer (if they let you) and check how they communicate with the module. I believe it is via the LED.
     
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by billywhizz1984 View Post
    It's theoretically possible but I've never known it happen, plus auto-arm is disabled as soon as you you turn the ignition to position 2.

    Provided you have checked everything the only thing left is a faulty module. See if you get a second-hand one off eBay or from a breakers and try that.
    re a used module. Did the MK2 only appear in the E36 or was it carried over to the E46. Secondly is a MK2 module a MK2 module or are there varients.
     
     

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    Found out today its a Serpistar alarm module.

    http://homepage.ntlworld.com/paul123/paul123/001.JPG

    And no-one, including BMW has the diagnostic equipment to sort it. It wasn't factory fitted, it was an extra at the main dealers.
    Last edited by paulrobo; 17-02-2011 at 15:09.
     
     

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    Update.

    There is no-one in my area (including BMW) who have the diagnostic equipment to look at the alarm system. I took it to Auto-tec in Sheffield who have some experience. Their opinion is that when the main battery went flat, and it also killed the siren which i have since replaced, the alarm reverted to the default setting. This means after 30 seconds the car auto-rearms. They say this was standard in 1999 to comply with the Thatcham 1 regs.
    They put me i n touch with Park Side BMW in Worksop who i have spoken to. They do have the equipment to alter the settings, so hopefully next week i will get it booked in and let you know.

    Alternatively i could just get used to the new way it works. Before it was always off unless it turned it on. Now its always on unless i turn it off (so to speak)
     
     

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