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Old 11-05-2009, 12:30 PM
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Angry Electric Steering Wheel Lock Fault

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On the way home this evening a red warning light "steering wheel with a pad lock on the top left corner" came on, after parking at home I got the manual out and found that this is an Electric steering-wheel lock fault and now the car will not start.
Does anyone have any ideas or will I need to be tow to the BMW dealer?
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Old 12-14-2009, 11:27 PM
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I had this problem with my 2008 registered 118i a few months ago.......Informed the BMW dealership and was informed that as I was still able to start my car even though the warning light was on red to bring it in for a computer check !......After about a 4 hour wait all ok........However !...from time to time still getting a yellow warning light which can be resolved by "jiggling" the steering wheel fm side to side !...if it turns red again I will insist on having a new steering column as my car is still under warranty. I believe a new steering column could cost upwards of £500.00 !!!

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Old 12-15-2009, 08:56 AM
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Just had the steering column replaced on my 3 series touring as steering lock warning on red. Car started and dealer replaced under warranty but said cost was £450
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Old 05-17-2011, 05:28 PM
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Just had the steering column replaced on my 3 series touring as steering lock warning on red. Car started and dealer replaced under warranty but said cost was £450
I had my replaced a year ago too

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Old 08-19-2011, 07:57 AM
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Cool steering wheel warning light

please can someone help me does this really need to go into the garage the car is driving fine could it just be a computer error ????????????
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Old 08-19-2011, 08:54 AM
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Steering wheel fault

Hi

From your description I dont think I had exactly the same fault as, after stopping my car, the computer would not allow me to restart the engine hence I was towed to the garage. I think mine might also have been a computer fault but the BMW franchise licked their lips and hit me for 700 Euros. They changed a simple microswitch on the steering column (80 Euros) and then did diagnostics and reprogrammed the car computer. Total rip off, BMW know all about yet refused to help.

With it being a steering fault I would get it seen to, but complain bitterly to your dealer and to the BMW (lack of) help line, you just may get some discount.

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Old 11-18-2011, 03:54 PM
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I had my replaced a year ago too

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Have no idea what this means. Care to clarify>
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Old 11-18-2011, 03:57 PM
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I had my replaced a year ago too

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Have no idea what this means. Care to clarify>

BTW, have you taken it to somebody who understands BMWs?
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Old 01-30-2012, 05:33 PM
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Does anyone know if there is a DIY fix yet?

With this fault being so common some garages must have started doing their own fixes without replacing the whole steering column.

Also what programming is actually needed after the faulty sensor is replaced and why? Can the car decifer the difference between a new steering colum / sensor or is it more elaborate than that

Happened to me a few hours ago > 07 e90 320d (uk)

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Old 03-29-2012, 01:21 PM
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Well the time has now come to sell my 57 plate D3 Alpina on the wife's orders lol, so I'm taking it to the BMW dealer tomorrow to try to get rid of this steering lock alarm I've had showing for nearly 18 months with no problems!! Here's hoping they don't rob me!!

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Old 03-30-2012, 01:45 AM
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Angry Steering lock alarm!!!!

Well the day has come to sell my precious 57 plate D3 Alpina on my wife's orders!! Lol. Now bear in mind that I've been driving around for 18 months with this red steering lock alarm on with no problems! So this morning I dropped off the car at the BMW dealer as a last resort after visits to several local garages with no joy. Just got the call from the garage to say it needs a new steering column cost £720 inc VAT and labour!! oh well I'm off to drown my sorrows!!!
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Old 01-04-2010, 03:06 AM
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Had same thing happen last week - had to be towed home then towed to dealer who have told me that whole steering column needs to be replaced at £1000+ . Not happy especially as this column already replaced once under warranty some years ago. Let me know what they say to you about this.
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Old 01-04-2010, 02:49 PM
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I find it curious that all of you are from the UK. I wonder if the problem is limited to the UK. (or maybe it is a right hand drive only thing)
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Old 01-06-2010, 02:42 AM
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Unhappy steering lock problem

Don't know if the fault is just right hand drive models. My dealer is distinctly uncommunicative and I'll be using another should I need to. Not happy to hear that someone else had a warranty replacement but now has had to pay for a further replacement, perhaps there's a larger problem here that BMW are not telling us about!?
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Old 01-29-2010, 10:06 AM
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I find it curious that all of you are from the UK. I wonder if the problem is limited to the UK. (or maybe it is a right hand drive only thing)
I reside in Los Angeles, CA, and I just had my steering wheel column replaced 2 days ago and my warranty expired a month ago. I took it to the dealership where I purchased my car and they were kind enough to give me a discount for the replacement + labor.

Why does this happen? I have a 2006 325i with less than 35,000 miles on it... What can I do to prevent this from happening again?

Is it worth purchasing extended warranty?

Thanks.

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Old 02-07-2010, 06:44 PM
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My friend's 323i had his steering wheel column replaced under warrenty too. 07 model and happened quiet recently. He could not start the car so dealer pick it up with a tow truck to dealer and repaired it under warrenty. I will be pissed if this happen aftter warrentyu run out

I drive 130i and we are in Sydney AUS.
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Old 02-08-2010, 03:44 AM
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Steering wheel lock yellow light warning

The steering wheel lock yellow light warning on my late 2005 320i appeared about a forthnight ago and despite turning the steering wheel in both direction with the key inside and the engine off, the alert did not disappear.

Just like to know, is the car still safe to drive and if so, will it introduce any damage to the vehicle. My car is not due for service until another couple of months and rather than send it in on the next available slot if I can continue driving till the next service schedule that would be preferable.

Thanks in advance.
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Old 04-05-2010, 05:36 PM
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I reside in Los Angeles, CA, and I just had my steering wheel column replaced 2 days ago and my warranty expired a month ago. I took it to the dealership where I purchased my car and they were kind enough to give me a discount for the replacement + labor.

Why does this happen? I have a 2006 325i with less than 35,000 miles on it... What can I do to prevent this from happening again?

Is it worth purchasing extended warranty?

Thanks.


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Old 07-15-2010, 04:15 PM
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I started having this problem last week. I have a 2006 325i -- out of warranty, of course. At least every 2nd or 3rd time it locks up (today...not amber -- RED. I did get it started after much cursing and somehow getting it back to an amber warning.) I found two TSB references -- #612906 and #613406. Does anyone know where/how to access those?
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Old 01-06-2010, 03:11 PM
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This was an occasional problem in the first 3ers that came out in 2005-2006 with the electric steering wheel lock as well. Ours was reprogrammed under warranty and the problem has not reoccured.
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Old 02-13-2010, 10:21 PM
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had the same problem with my new 5 series... had it towed to service then all of the sudden it works properly. that happen to anybody else?
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Old 03-17-2010, 08:01 PM
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Occasional steering locked warninges; car reprogrammed

Occasionally I used to get those "steering locked" yellow warnings (see picture) in my 2006 325i when trying to start the car, usually after the car was parked with a tight right turn into the parking spot (hence the wheels were still turned to the right). The previous owner had the car repaired over two years ago for (defect code 3232052900) "Electric steering column adjustment ELV sticking/jammed".
I took the car to the dealer today and they reprogrammed the car. Being a software engineer I'm a little suspicious, as a software upgrade can be a way to mask "we don't know what the problem is".
Here is what the dealer invoice said: "48389 Software related did not verify condition as stated. Fault survey performed W/ISTA tester. Confirmed CAS faults (A112): CAS- ELV Fault & Fault (A116): CAS-critical status, both W/numerous fault occurrence. Performed related test plan given. Test plan recommended vehicle programming (DIAGCODE: D6100_CAS00000_90_215). Complete vehicle programming/encoding performed. Initialization of all power windows performed".
(No cost - still under warranty).
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Old 01-09-2013, 11:52 AM
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Steering lock yellow warning, dealer name?

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Occasionally I used to get those "steering locked" yellow warnings (see picture) in my 2006 325i when trying to start the car, usually after the car was parked with a tight right turn into the parking spot (hence the wheels were still turned to the right). The previous owner had the car repaired over two years ago for (defect code 3232052900) "Electric steering column adjustment ELV sticking/jammed".
I took the car to the dealer today and they reprogrammed the car. Being a software engineer I'm a little suspicious, as a software upgrade can be a way to mask "we don't know what the problem is".
Here is what the dealer invoice said: "48389 Software related did not verify condition as stated. Fault survey performed W/ISTA tester. Confirmed CAS faults (A112): CAS- ELV Fault & Fault (A116): CAS-critical status, both W/numerous fault occurrence. Performed related test plan given. Test plan recommended vehicle programming (DIAGCODE: D6100_CAS00000_90_215). Complete vehicle programming/encoding performed. Initialization of all power windows performed".
(No cost - still under warranty).
May I know the name of the dealer and the service manager 's name?

Bchuong58
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Old 03-22-2010, 07:07 AM
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So many people has complained about the same problem... isn't it very curious, the car is not called back by garage for replacement!?

They knows there's a problem with the steering column, yet they choose to avoid the subject and ignor the problem until the owner has no choice but to pay and replace column. This could be a maufacturing fault, meaning the fault already existed WHEN we bought the car.
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Old 12-23-2012, 04:01 PM
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I don't think the car will let you start the engine if your steering wheel is locking. It is the 1st step for the car to verify a legit start.

I got the problem the other day and had to tow the car using wheelies, the car couldn't even go from P to N.

I am sweating now since I am not sure how much dealer will charge me on Monday since they are off today - Sunday.


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So many people has complained about the same problem... isn't it very curious, the car is not called back by garage for replacement!?

They knows there's a problem with the steering column, yet they choose to avoid the subject and ignor the problem until the owner has no choice but to pay and replace column. This could be a maufacturing fault, meaning the fault already existed WHEN we bought the car.
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