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Old 10-13-2006, 03:00 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Alarm install: after a couple of bloody fingers, took out the entire glovebox........

Ok, well many of you have probably been hearing about my trials and tribulations with the oem alarm installation on my 97 328is, after buying the alarm and plugging it in, and failing miserably: the led didn't light up, nor did programming the alarm do anything , I have decided to tear the whole glovebox apart for easier access , when I did this, I noticed the 12 pin connector inside was missing a pin on the top right whole(see pic)!!!! well idk if this is suppose to be or if this is the source of the evil here, hopefully this is where knowledgable bmw forum users come to save me

o and this can be used for future alarm diy's, pictures thread etc.



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THE ALARM, ignore the red marks, I know most of the connectors are unused, i have read most of the alarm diys out there, i was just curious what those things do because most diys do not say.



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Actually an 11-pin connector...

I'm pretty sure that pin is suppose to be absent from the plug. Here's another link to an install and you can see his plug is also missing that 12th pin. Installing the E36 factory alarm....

If you look closely you'll see that pin missing in the plug as well....



Where did you alarm brain module come from? Maybe it was bad to begin with?
That single yellow wire you insolated there may be for the "underhood switch" he mentions in his article? That other thing is probably a shock sensor that needs to be fastened to the body or something hard under the dash so it can transmit shock vibration to the brain box.







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ic, yea i am leaning towards that the module may be bad, they want me to do some test with the pins to check the power or w/e, tihs thread is also on bfc
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Ok, You have a post 1995 alarm module which has the integrated glass-break sensor, and uses the round 2 button remote. The black think at the beginning of the harness (closest to the alarm brain) is the fuse holder, check it first as it could be your problem, it takes a 1A fuse i think... or some other relatively low value, it should say on the top. The one pin connector is for the hood sensor, check up behind the back of the module carrier for the female one to plug it into, if you can't find it, no big deal, if they are going to try and steal your engine/ stuff in the engine compartment, they already got into your car and killed the alarm anyways. Yes, there are only 11 pins in the 12 pin connector... and you have to put a led on the end of the long lead with the white connector. I suggest doing the Euro Led conversion as it looks much classier, check out Ron Stygar's page at <www.unofficialbmw.com> The alarm needs a remote to activate the led anyway. It's kind of hard to see the pictures, so further questions email me at <318noire@gmail.com>
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hey noire thanks for being so caring, i really appreciate it, i tested the current for everyrthing and after that the alarm started wroking, i had ot go through the painful programming, but after a few tries my car is alarmed, thanks all
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