ABRITES DIAGNOSTICS FOR BMW (ONLINE) KEY PROGRAMMING – A BETTER UNDERSTANDING
Hello everyone, in our blog we would like to give all of you a better understanding of the inner workings of the Abrites Diagnostic Software.
Let's take the Abrites Diagnostics for BMW key programming for a start. We are going to go through the generations and the needed options for each one. We will also try to explain the specific terms BMW use so as to enable you to understand the system and its philosophy better.
To begin with here is a brief history of the Vehicle Protection Systems in BMW.
The First steps BMW made to protect and immobilize their vehicles takes us back to 1987 where they made the OBC Immobilizer (On Board Computer) system when they created a code system where if you selected a code in the car and you did not enter it when you tried to start the car a relay in the DME (Digital Motor Electronics) would not start the car. This system was carried through to 1992.
After that came the first generation of the EWS (Electroniche Wegfahrsperre) or Electronic Drive Away Protection. The generations are EWS – 1993; EWS-I – 1994; EWS- II – 1996…
These generations became progressively more complex in their operation. BMW then created the EWS- III in 1999.
EWS-III cars are supported by Abrites. What you need to have in order to program a key to such a car is the following:
The next generations BMW introduced are more complicated and they are called CAS
|CAS1/2/3/3+ BY OBD for BMW and MINI|
The first generations of CAS (CAS1- 3+) are supported completely by OBD (On Board Diagnostics). Here is what you need:
1. Adding a key to the existing key count.
2. All keys lost.
|CAS4/EWS4 (installed in BMW cars and BMW motorcycles)|
Once again this function supports the cars by OBD even when all keys are lost.
|FEM/BDC BMW/Rolls Royce|
Front Electric Module and Body Domain Controller systems are even more complicated than all the previous systems installed in BMW vehicles. Here is what you need to program keys for FEM BDC cars:
Please bear in mind that this procedure is a bit more complicated, so follow the on-screen instructions offered by the software itself for guaranteed results.
At this point you can use original BMW keys and good quality aftermarket keys for E and F series vehicles.
We are happy to keep everything as clear as possible in order to allow you to work freely with as many options as possible and with as little restrictions as possible. Please note that we have options to renew certain E and F series keys using ABPROG. Also, the Abrites software and hardware allow you to reuse keys you have programmed with AVDI.
Don't hesitate to contact us if you have any questions or you need more information on any of the topics above.
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