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Old 11-15-2012, 06:27 AM
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Hi

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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don,t worry, buddy! I´ve got same issue, but ignored it anyway. Not neccessary to replace column. I´ve heard of a simple trick, if the fault remains: After dismounting the steering cover, apply kind of spray grease on the mechanical parts of the steering lock, thats the way saving PST 500, I guess!!
Cheers Jochen
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Old 11-15-2012, 10:04 AM
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Did you ever try that ?
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Old 11-16-2012, 01:09 AM
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No, I didn´t! Just ignore the error mess!
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Old 11-19-2012, 02:06 AM
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It seems to be a common problem that may require a new steering column to fix completely. Get your car to the dealer if you've got warranty as soon as possible. If you're lucky they will just have to reset the electronic steering lock. However, if it goes again and again that may require a new steering column.
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Old 11-19-2012, 04:18 AM
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Hi BMdude816,

If you want to pay for nuts, you can go to a BMW dealer. Or you buy the LuPeDi (Google) interface and install the Ediabas Inpa pack, trying to reset the steering SW (will try myself lateron).
Both parts work together if fine you´re following the numerous instructions on the WWW or on Bimmerfest!
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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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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?

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Old 02-04-2013, 11:58 AM
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My wife's 2006 330 column locked up in our garage with a ELV fault this weekend. Had it towed to local shop, $1013 for new column installed and $125 for recommended software update. Should be done by end of the day. Indy and tow truck driver both stated they've seen quite a few of these, dealer stated the opposite.
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Old 02-04-2013, 10:18 PM
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BMW is not straight on this problem.
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Old 02-16-2013, 12:29 PM
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Smile BMW is Recalling Cars for the steering lock problem-

http://news.cincinnati.com/usatoday/article/1924627



DETROIT (AP) - BMW is recalling almost 570,000 cars in the U.S. and Canada because a battery cable connector can fail and cause the engines to stall.

The recall affects the popular 3-Series sedans, wagons, convertibles and coupes from the 2007 through 2011 model years. Also included are 1-Series coupes and convertibles from 2008 through 2012, and the Z4 sports car from 2009 through 2011.

The cable connectors and a fuse box terminal in the cars can degrade over time, and that can break the electrical connection between the trunk-mounted battery and the fuse box at the front. If that happens, the cars could lose electrical power, causing the engines to stall unexpectedly, the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said in documents posted on its website Saturday.

The company says in documents sent to the NHTSA that the problem stems from movement between the battery cable and the fuse box.

BMW says it knows of one minor collision in Canada due to the problem, but no injuries.

The German automaker says dealers will replace the battery cable connector and secure it for free. It will start notifying owners in March.

The 3-Series is BMW's most popular car in the U.S., dominating the small luxury car market. The company sold nearly 100,000 of them in the U.S. last year.

The recall affects more than 504,000 cars in the U.S. and another 65,000 in Canada.

BMW, Toyota and other automakers have experienced large recalls in recent years because they use common parts on multiple models in order to save money.

Owners can call BMW with questions at (800) 525-7417.
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Old 08-18-2013, 09:14 AM
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Just for info I have had the red steering lock fault on my 2007 325 coupe. Last year I had the alarm up and continued to drive it without problem for about 4 months until I had the alarm reset by a friend at BMW dealership. He said that if the alarm comes up again I will have to get a new steering column. About 2 months later the alarm came back and I continued to drive it for about a month until one day the steering lock wouldn't release and I couldn't put it into neutral or start the engine. I have had the steering column replaced which which has released the steering lock but I need to replace the c.a.s unit as this is still showing the fault and preventing the car from starting! I've paid £600 so far (bmw wanted over £1000) and will have to pay for the c.a.s unit once it has been installed. I will register my complaint on the website mentioned earlier in in this thread. Don't know whether to get shut now? Just hope the girlfriends 1 series doesn't do the same!!
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Old 06-10-2015, 10:25 AM
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Question Help with 2007 525i Steering Wheel Lock Problem

Greetings from Texas. I own a 2007 525i that will not start due to the steering wheel lock malfunction. I live in a rural area of Texas, not near a BMW authorized mechanic. I have a mechanic that can work on the vehicle, he tells me that I need a "ELV Emulator"/Electric Steering wheel lock. I have researched and have determined that I will need to purchase the entire steering column. I have found used ones online. I plan to sell the vehicle as soon as it is repaired. My question is, if I buy this part online, does it need to be coded for my particular vehicle? My vehicle is at the mechanics shop now, unfortunately, he does not have the BMW programming computer. Since the vehicle will not start, I am somewhat stuck. Suggestions please. I appreciate any help. Thank you
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Old 06-15-2015, 05:05 PM
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1. Once the steering wheel is locked in status display as red steering wheel symbol and can't start the engine, the error code is memorized in some secrete memory location not within the steering wheel electronic board, you replace it with a new steering column, it does not help, you need to clear the memory by the Programming tool (or dealer tool), Bavarian tool cannot fix it.
2. If your steering wheel had been showing up with yellow steering wheel lock symbol and can start the engine, it can be fixed if you plug in the ELV emulator, you need to use Bavarian tool to reset the yellow Steering lock symbol, sometimes you can not reset it because it was tripped by the high error counter value but starting the engine will not be a problem.
3. Another way is removed the old steering wheel lock following the beginning of this thread and clean the sand/grid debris from inside the lock, grease it with silicone grease first, then if the RED steering wheel symbol lock status you need the Dealer tool to reset secrete memory location ($150) , with the yellow steering lock symbol if you can start the engine, this fix can last for 30K miles and you need to clean it again. The Bavarian tool can reset it but the yellow symbol may come back.


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Old 09-21-2015, 12:06 PM
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Locked steering wheel after incorrect tow

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I got the red default warning, unable to start my car after it was incorrectly towed( needs flat bed). I noticed that my wheels were acutely turned to the right and this was the position it was stuck in. I placed the key back in the ignition, turned the car on and turned the steering wheel straight. It didn't go far, very difficult, I believe it was just a jiggle to unlock it.
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Old 09-23-2015, 11:29 PM
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Its called the ELV steering column,,,,,the. ELV is built into the steering column on some BMW models,,,,that's when you have to replace the whole steering column,,,,,the early 3 series 06-07 had a lot of problems,,,,,there nothing you can do,,,,the ELV is a electric switch that just happens to lock the steering column and will not unlock it,,,,,,,bmwtechnician
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Old 09-12-2016, 06:47 PM
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Its called the ELV steering column,,,,,the. ELV is built into the steering column on some BMW models,,,,that's when you have to replace the whole steering column,,,,,the early 3 series 06-07 had a lot of problems,,,,,there nothing you can do,,,,the ELV is a electric switch that just happens to lock the steering column and will not unlock it,,,,,,,bmwtechnician
Hi everyone. So my 17yr old son saved up his money and bought himself a 3 series bmw as his very first car! ( think he did it because I had a great 328i for years without any problems). It is a 2007 323i with 81,000 km on the clock. A great buy we thought.
Anyway, the engine was missing slightly so before I could change the plugs he took it on himself to take it to the bmw dealer who charged him $230 to test it. When it came out of the shop the red steering wheel lock warning light has come on. They said he'd have to pay to get it tested again to find out why!
I stepped in and spoke to the manager who later agreed to do another diagnosis test for free, to see why the red light is now on. We'd never seen it before it went in. He said that from his experience it'll probably need the steering column replaced and gave me a quote. $1500! How can my son pay for this?
Is there a better way by now of sorting this I wonder, since this thread has been going on for years!!!
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Old 09-12-2016, 08:06 PM
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Hi everyone. So my 17yr old son saved up his money and bought himself a 3 series bmw as his very first car! ( think he did it because I had a great 328i for years without any problems). It is a 2007 323i with 81,000 km on the clock. A great buy we thought.
Anyway, the engine was missing slightly so before I could change the plugs he took it on himself to take it to the bmw dealer who charged him $230 to test it. When it came out of the shop the red steering wheel lock warning light has come on. They said he'd have to pay to get it tested again to find out why!
I stepped in and spoke to the manager who later agreed to do another diagnosis test for free, to see why the red light is now on. We'd never seen it before it went in. He said that from his experience it'll probably need the steering column replaced and gave me a quote. $1500! How can my son pay for this?
Is there a better way by now of sorting this I wonder, since this thread has been going on for years!!!
Problems like this makes me sick of BMW, the dealer should have known it for now by looking at the red ELV symbol, what happened when the Red ELV symbol appeared, it will locked the ignition, car won't start, people will be ripped off by this build in scam by BMW, What I did to fix this problem by buying an ELV emulator board to emulate the ELV signal in digital packet format to cheat the system that the ELV lock was in good position either on or off state, the lock has magnetic sensor to decode if the lock was in right position so that it won't lock the ignition, but I did it before the ELV turned Red, When it turned red, #1 you need to clear the ELV counter by BMW dealer, put the ELV lock in open position,#2 disconnect the battery, #3 unplug the ELV cable from ELV control box connector and plug in the Emulator PCB to the ELV cable connector. The ELV Emulator PCB is Around $150 plus 15 percent tax and some shipping charge. Then you need to pay the dealer to clear the ELV error counter, I never paid dealer for clearing the ELV error counter, I live with Yellow ELV warning forever with ELV Emulator. It works great for me for few years now, good luck for your kid, if you fix this, it is a good car. Remember replacing the steering lock by dealer won't fix the problem, it will reappear after a few years, after you spend 1.5k, the best way is to disable the ELV by dealer's software.
Read the thread you will find the name of this ELV Emulator, or someone may sell it.
Best regards!

BChuong58 from San Jose CA.

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