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Car not starting? How-to "BEEP TEST" it.

If your car is swinging over normally but is refusing to fire up, the first [and easiest] thing to check is that the key has not lost it's programming. We refer to it as the "BEEP TEST".

How to check:
Get in the car, close driver's door, put key in ignition, try to start it, switch ignition off and leave key in ignition. Open driver's door. You should now hear a beeping to tell you the key is still in the ignition.

If your key has lost it's programming, you will not get this warning beeping. Unfortunately, the ONLY way to fix this issue is to reprogram your key/s.

If you want to reprogram them yourself, you will need the following:

1. The 4 digit key code. This normally comes on a credit-size card when you purchase a new car. If you don't have this code, you will need to obtain it from a Dealer [or other source]. Sometimes this is free, sometimes you have to pay for it. Depends on the dealer. But you will need to prove ownership first.

2. Access to PP2000/Diagbox software. There is a section in the software which will reprogram the key/s. It is easy to do, you just follow the instructions.

Have you just replaced your key fob for a new one?

A common cause of non-starting is when people purchase a new key fob off ebay and swap the circuit board from their old fob into the new one, then come onto the forum complaining the key no longer works to start the car. The issue is that, in earlier design fobs, the locking is done via the circuit board but the immobilisation is done by a separate small chip which is found tucked away up in the front end of the fob near the blade. This chip needs to be transferred across as well. [Later fobs have the chip integrated on the board so only one thing to transfer.]

Do NOT confuse the buttons on the key fob with non-starting issues. The buttons ONLY control the central locking, they have NOTHING to do with immobilising the car. Re-programming the central locking buttons is a whole different process which will be covered in another section.

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