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BMW 5-Series Audio Questions

parrowparrow Posts: 8
edited August 2014 in BMW
What am I missing?

I have an 02 5 series (e39), and recently jump started and then replaced the battery. Immediately following the replacement, the radio and cd do not work. The computer works, the clock works, but not the radio or cd. I've owned other bmw's in which a radio code had to be entered. According to my manual, my model has no such code. The dealer confirmed this. I checked the fuses and they are not blown.

Is there a trick to restarting the radio after a battery change? Could the jump start or battery change have caused a problem with the radio? I suppose it could be purely coincidental, but that does not seem likely.

I'd appreciate any thoughts. Thanks.


  • selooseloo Posts: 606
    You should have radio security code paperwork with your owner's manual.
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    MY 2010 does it. Pre-2010 require a software hack.
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    On many radios, the case is the ground, and you need to firmly bolt the support bracket to the radio and the car chassis. It will likely get a ground through the antenna connection, but the ground from an old whip antenna (that bolted to the chassis) may not exist on yours. So, you may only have a really low current capability without a good ground. Now, some have a separate ground wire in the harness, and the chassis is a secondary path. That often just goes to an eyelet that gets bolted to the chassis. You'd have to make sure that wasn't bolted to plastic or something that was isolated from vehicle ground.
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    Eject the CD magazine and reinsert it.

    Mine: 1995 318ti Club Sport; 2014 M235i; 2009 Cooper Clubman; 1999 Wrangler; 1996 Speed Triple Challenge Cup Replica Wife's: 2015 X1 xDrive28i Son's: 2009 328i

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