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Old 02-14-2011, 03:15 AM
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great info guys.

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Old 02-14-2011, 01:33 PM
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Nope. Dealer only as it is very regulated. If there was a simple machine to program the codes into blank keys it would be possible for thieves to make keys to steal vehicles. European anti-theft regulations are pretty strict from what I hear which is why they do things the way they do.

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Are you aware of any mechanism/logic inside EWS that would lock/block an originally working key for some reason? And if a key is locked, can it be unlocked in GT1? Or even dealer has to use key programmer like AK90?
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The keys can be activated/deactivated via the diagnostic equipment at the dealer (GT1 or ISTA-D) but it still has to be a key for the car by VIN, can't be a cut blank. And no, we don't use a separate machine like the one mentioned... I seriously question the validity of that unit to be able to actually code the physical chipset in the key with the correct ID and set of rolling codes... But I have no experience to back that feeling.
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I have a 2001 x5 4.4 that was having a starting problem. I thought it was to do with the staring system and it turned out to be a KEY problem.

I put a battery charger on the x5 over night three week-ends in a row and it started each time(until this week-end) so I tried to jump it. lights all work, doors work , and something clicks but, that is it...
I tried my wifes key and all is fine. Can I reprogram the key for a starting problem?
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Any info given except a key from the dealer is bogus. Don't waste time. Do it right.

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great info guys.

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Any info given except a key from the dealer is bogus. Don't waste time. Do it right.
It is not bogus, I have a ews writer and made an ebay chip key start my 7 series with a rolling code, it can be done!
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swissfrank, you are the first conformation story I've ever heard personally in a sea of failure stories... so there is a working EWS writer then? Is it the one from your link earlier in this thread?
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swissfrank, you are the first conformation story I've ever heard personally in a sea of failure stories... so there is a working EWS writer then? Is it the one from your link earlier in this thread?
Well I guess I am the guy that will try things out on his own, but it wasn't exactly a walk in the park, once you understand the program and what you are doing it is great(and easy), the learning curve is steep though.

This is what I picked up, works great.

BMW EWS Editor V3.2.0---YOHO Technology Co.,Ltd

Pro, cheap ebay keys can start your BMW (MUST BE A CHIP KEY)

Con, You must remove your EWS unit from the vehicle for programming.
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Weasel, yes it can be done. I got myself a spare key, not even OE, OEM, or whatsoever... a weird looking key was grooved, and then a technician who has some machines, programed it to start and drive the car. it works like a charm... but it does not have a remote though...

Anyway, i am posting here just to thank you guys for the programming procedure. My original key somehow stopped working, so i reprogrammed it and now is working again ... I love you Xoutpost guys
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Sorry to revive this old thread, and my run-on sentence, but maybe be helpful for people like me before I figure out the procedures.


I need new keys for my 04 E53 3.0 because one of the original key was damaged and local lock smith cut new key using the original key chip, instead of new chip, and charge me enough that I figure I can buy 2 keys and programmed them myself. Also, he didn't do a good job, as the unlock bottom was sometimes difficult to push. First, I bought 2 new blank uncut chip keys from amazon, and they use regular button battery instead of lithium battery.



Then I follow the procedure above:

1. get in car, close all door


2. insert the original start key to ignition, turn to click before ignition, then back and take out the key.


3. hold UN-lock key and press lock key 3 times on my left shoulder, then let go.


4. car auto lock-and-unlock all doors to confirm programing for the door.


*** if you have other keys, do them together now. I was lazy to reprogram the 2nd original key, and it won't lock or unlock doors. So I have to reprogram all 4 together again.***


Above are for the key's door lock and unlock feature.
Then I have the blank key cut by another locksmith, it's no problem, as local locksmith can do it (not the one that took me 1 hour drive and did a below-average job).


After that is the tricky part. The new blank key cannot start the engine unless programmed. Thus, I purchased the AK90+ from amazon, again.... for programing the key's blank chip.

IMPORTANT!!!

***The chip can only be write ONCE, so be careful. and This part involves some dis-mentaling your car under the foot-area. Also fiddling with the EWS chip is risky if you don't know what you are doing.***


Before start, install the software for the AK90+ and connect the unit, then install the USB driver as it shown (The first part's installation took a long time to start on my windows 10 computer, the second part if not start automatically, you will have to go to c:\program(x86)\HRT\AK90\Drv\CP210x_VCP.exe (manual setup)) Then run the software with the unit connected. Put the original key into the slot to read, and new blank keys, too. This will confirm the unit is functioning, and the new blank key has working chips. If the blank keys doesn't respond, don't take out the EWS unit below.



1. get a flashlight, a + screw driver, a 8mm hex-nut wrench (must be as short as possible), and a blanket on the drive side foot floor.



2. unscrew the plastic panel right above the brake pedal, 4 +type screws and 2 plastic screws. U have to take apart the OBDII? connector and the foot-floor-light cable, in order to take the panel out.


3. unscrew the knee panel right below the steering wheel, 6 +type screws, and dismount connection cable for the diagnose port by sliding the blue clamp a bit, then push it out of the panel.


4. Place your head close the the brake pedal and look to the inside of the wall foe the A-pillar, there you will see a white box label EWS about size of a cigarette , unscrew the left nut completely, but loosen the right screw just enough to take out the unit. Disconnect the cable and the unit.



5. take out the unit and carefully remove the inside board by open the case, and hold and push the board out.


6. The next part is to clean the EWS chip, there is a coating on the connector pins. you need to scrap it off, to have the programmer reading the chip. If you look into the programmer's connector, you will know where to clean. I used a small - ceramic screw driver to gentally scrap off the coating. (this is the tricky part begin)


7. When I put the AK90's chip connector on to the chip, then run the program. It says "pin no touch", which translate to some pin cannot be read. Solutions are first to check if the coatings are removed properly, second is the chip connector must be firmly siting on the chip. This is the part most frustrating. I end up holding the board and the chip connector in my left hand and operating the mouse with right hand. And magic happened, when clicking the READ EWS, the programmer start to click as it reads data from the chip, but it failed to write the EWS. Here I suspect that my hand got sore when hold them together for more than 3 minutes. Then I put the board on my mouse pad, and the chip connector on top of the chip. On top of the chip connector, I put an iphone 7+ and it will slip away. Then I put equal height books on one side and the phone sit on the chip connector and the books like a bridge, but it was not heavy enough. So I put my note book battery on top of my phone. This time READ EWS and WRITE EWS can be done with 100% completed. I set my two new keys to 6 and 7 slot, then program the keys (There are total 10 key slots). After that, WRITE EWS to save the two new keys' info into the chip.

Here is an online guide that I follow for most of above procedure.
E46 Key Programming- AK90 Guide - NCS-Expert.com


8. After that, read the two new keys to confirm they are coded properly. Then you can take the chip connector off the chip, and put the board back to the EWS box. The rest are reverse of the above section.


Hope this post help others like me, that had "PIN NO TOUCH" error. I was so frustrated when I have everything read, but the program keep popping pin no touch error.


Good luck~~


Ps. does anyone know where to get the protective coating to re-coat the EWS chip connectors? it sure looks shinny now, but without the coating.... just something come across my head.
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