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Old 08-04-2016, 11:48 AM
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R56 Issue: Key Fob? Battery? Key Fob Receiver?


I recently encountered an issue where when I insert the key fob into my R56, it doesn't do anything. At all. No Auxiliary power. No accessory mode. The car is just not recognizing my key fob.

My first reaction was to check out the battery. My ScanGauge has the battery voltage at 12.2 without the engine running. According to the Bentley Manual, this is within tolerance. Additionally, I can still turn on the radio, the interior lights, and I can still use the mechanical key (the one from inside the fob) to roll down/up the windows from the driver side door. I don't think it's the battery.

The key fob's buttons themselves work. I can still lock/unlock the door and still do the thing where you hold down the button for 3 seconds and it rolls down the windows from afar.

This leaves either the key fob receiver on my dashboard, or the physical key or its inner components. The receiver on the dashboard still physically accepts the key; it locks in place as it has the previous 500K times or so- it just doesn't do anything at all.

Any one have any similar issues?

Thanks in advance, ladies and gents.

PS: I'm military in Germany so I'm trying to keep from paying 200 Euro for a tow until I can narrow it down as best I can. The Mini dealer closest to me won't have openings until at least 29 Aug either so if it's the Key, I can at least have it ordered or something.

Old 08-04-2016, 12:53 PM
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couple of thoughts

1. Car should have 2 fobs ... both doing the same thing?

2. Is your fob on a key ring with other keys and stuff? Some have found the weight of the key ring was stopping the fob from sitting in the slot correctly. Sometime a jiggle uncovered the issue .....

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Old 10-17-2016, 10:33 PM
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I have same a problem

But remote also not working

I scanned by maxysis pro

Not showing key fob in slot

Car not starting
Shifter lock
Cluster not working
Internal light, horn, head lights, radio, working

I try to scan but no faults

Any idea ?!
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