From digest.v9.n643 Sun Dec 6 19:07:43 1998
From: Chris Pawlowicz <chrisp_at_doe.carleton.ca>
Date: Sun, 06 Dec 1998 21:15:07 -0500
Subject: E30 alarms
Ken W sez
>Anyone know what alarms for E30's use the double locking feature? I'm
>actually having a Viper installed at this moment in my '91 M3 and the
>guy, who has owned BMWs and has been doing alarms for about 12 years,
>said that he didn't think the alarm would use the double locking.
E30 (+E28 + other '80s vintage bmws) double lock mechanism works like this:
key turned in drivers door lock cylinder engages a cam/spring arrangement
that physically jams the lock cylinder in place..
because it is jammed in place the door lock motor CANNOT unlock it
when the cylinder is in this position it holds down a microswitch which tells
the central lock computer to double lock all other doors...
other doors include a lock motor that moves the lock mechanism to locked
position AND makes another motor that moves a PIN to jam the lock mechanism in
- -the drivers door lock can only be double locked physically with a key
- -the other doors are double locked electrically from the CLCU
so: no alarm can double lock the drivers door and care must be taken before
attempting to electrically double lock the other doors.. (screw up and
poof! goes the central lock computer)
It is probably possible to modify the system so that it could be double
locked electrically (parts from RHD cars etc) but would probably
not be worth it.
Euro/BMWfactory alarm (a la Hott Rodd) is not keyless.. it engages by sensing
when the car is double locked (via key) and then turns itself ON
for more central lock stuff
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