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E36 M3 (1992-1999) {Euro - S50 B32 321hp @ 7400 rpm} {U.S. - S52 B32 240 hp @ 6000 rpm}
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Old Sat, Nov-21-2009, 08:37:58 PM   #1
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E36 alarm light flash option

Factory e36 95 - 99 alarm systems are made by Alpine and aftermarket alpine alarm system gives you a audioable alert for arming and disarming as well as a light flash.

Factory bmw alpine alarms do not flash the lights on arm and disarm only if the alarm is triggered.

I have owned two differant cars and have done this mod to each. I just got a 97 M3 and here is the walk thru. The job takes about 30 -45 min, $8.00 and when you are done and arm the alarm the lights with flash and when you disarm they will as well.

I am a MECP cert. installer for 17 years and alpine factory trained for alarms (back when they were in production)

YOU WILL NEED:

6 - female spade terms(18 ga)
4 - 6 " wire black, red, blue and white(18 ga)
1 - 10 amp fuse
crimpers
black elec. tape
zip ties
phillips screw driver
olfa knife

Ok first remove the under dash and locate the brain right about the passenger kick panel. Black 5x8 box with a green connector.


unplug the green harness and just abouve the fused yellow wire cut the black cover that covers the wire about 3 inches away for the plug end. Just a single slit is fine. pull out the wires.


now locate the red, dr. green and yellow these are siren(red) lights(grn) and 12v constant(yellow)


now you need a single pole double throw automotive relay 20 - 30 amp is fine. you can find one at any auto store for $5.00
wire the relay like this with 6" of wire

86 to blue
87 to red fuse this wire with 10 amp fuse
85 to black
30 to white

make a fuse holder with two female spades


ok now move back to car an attach the following relay wires to car wires(no need for diodes the factory alarm has them internal)

Relay car
blue red
white Green
red yellow
black yellow



after connection plug the main harness back into the brain and test remote and make sure they flash. The car should chirp 4 time due to door being open
now wrap the harness back up with black tape and zip tie



install under dash and watch for your friends reaction at night when you arm the alarm ..

I have many other upgrades i will post later
if you need help call my cell 706 247 0812
i will walk you threw

thanks enjoy SCOTT

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Any ideas why my alarm no longer chirps, even though the remote still controls the locks and I've gone through the chirp on/off procedure countless times?

Replaced siren with known working - still no chirp
Checked fuses (except the fuse behind the glovebox) - still no chirp
Removed factory horns - Maybe this is why it stopped working? although I remember it still working after removal.
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Great info! Let's see your other tricks!
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Good write up

I'll be doing this once we get our first snow.
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about the no chirps...

first look at the led when you get in does it light up and then go off.

and if you arm or lock the car with remote does the led flash

if not you are stuck in valet mode

i think the way out is open the driver door push and hold the unlock till the led flashes

ill check but i think that is correct you can double ck in your manual

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about the no chirps...

first look at the led when you get in does it light up and then go off.

and if you arm or lock the car with remote does the led flash

if not you are stuck in valet mode

i think the way out is open the driver door push and hold the unlock till the led flashes

ill check but i think that is correct you can double ck in your manual

and thanks everyone on the comments
Nothing. Everything operates as normal (arm - LED blinks).
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Maybe?

http://www.bimmerwerkz.com/forum/112822-post7.html
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I'll pull it tonight, but like I said before it was working fine forever.

Thank you though, will definitely try that!
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I'll pull it tonight, but like I said before it was working fine forever.

Thank you though, will definitely try that!
Thats really strange that it stopped working randomly. I know with most alarms there's a way to program the brain, through the keypad, to have the alarm not chirp. I did a search and couldn't find if BMW's keypads have that function. On some remotes, it has directions on the back of the remote on how to turn the chirp off.
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Thats really strange that it stopped working randomly. I know with most alarms there's a way to program the brain, through the keypad, to have the alarm not chirp. I did a search and couldn't find if BMW's keypads have that function. On some remotes, it has directions on the back of the remote on how to turn the chirp off.
They do, as stated in the first reply, I already did the on/off procedure countless times. I used the procedure to get it to work in the first place and it worked great for a year.
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