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E60 (2004 - 2010)
BMW 5-Series (E60 chassis) was first seen in the Unites States in the fall of 2003 with a 2004 Model Year designation. The E60 is now available as a 528i, 528xi, 535i, 535xi, 550i and a 535xi sports wagon! -- View the E60 Wiki

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Old 05-10-2012, 08:44 AM
Gold323Ci Gold323Ci is offline
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Need help with Steering Angle Sensor

I posted a question recently on two different threads on this forum about replacing my steering angle sensor. No one replied so here goes again.

I have the typical two lights on the dash that indicate my sensor is bad. I found out all cars made before mine in January 2007 had a recall and their sensor was replaced. Mine was not.

1. Has anyone replaced their own sensor? How hard was it? There's a bulletin that shows how to do this but the photos are a bit hard to decipher.

2. Has anyone replaced their sensor with a replacement kit? That kit is only about $20. If it works, that's what I would prefer to do.

3. I talked to my local dealer but they didn't seem to know a way to get this replaced under the recall since my car was not in the recall. Any suggestions there?

Thanks in advance!
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Old 05-18-2012, 10:56 AM
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I am still hoping someone will comment on my steering angle sensor repair.

I have my steering wheel off and the cartridge out of column. But now nothing appears to have an angle sensor in it?

Anyone able to help?

Dave in NC
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Old 05-18-2012, 03:10 PM
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Ok. Fixed mine today using this post from M5board.com:

http://www.m5board.com/vbulletin/e60...ix-worked.html

W/o this post on the M5 board, I could not have done this. I still have my light on and will have to pay my local dealer $125 to turn off and calibrate.
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Old 06-13-2012, 07:41 AM
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If you have this issue, follow the M5 post. I took my car to the dealer and they couldn't get the light to go off.

I later got back into the sensor and cleaned off the plastic disc. That fixed my issue and no 2nd trip to the dealer was necessary.
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Old 06-13-2012, 08:37 AM
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Gold323ci, sorry no one has posted a response to your informative post, but thanks for getting the info out there for us. At least we can use this as a reference should the issue come up...
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Old 11-22-2012, 06:07 AM
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Please somebody should tell me how to replace my steering angle sensor of bmw e60.
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Old 09-20-2013, 09:51 AM
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Gold 323ci -- Did you ever find any additional information about the steering angle sensor? I have the same problem. Both lights on and the mechanic is quoting me 3 hours labor + part + calibration + alignment. The dealership is quoting 2.2 hours labor...

But as I review the forums, I've also seen somewhere that it's possible the sensor could be dirty or there could be a power issue related to driving the car with a low-battery -- in which case... the fix lie with the alternator(?)...

Anyway, thought I'd check to see what you came up with. I have an e-46, 2004 3 series. 325i.
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Old 09-20-2013, 12:51 PM
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I was able to fix my E60s sensor by removing it and cleaning it. Once reinstalled, it has worked fine for years.

I'm not sure how this would translate to an E46 sensor but it may be very similar.

Let me know if I can help further.
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Old 09-20-2013, 12:57 PM
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That's great! I mentioned that to the dealer mechanic and he sort of scoffed and told me that cleaning it wouldn't fix it.... And the mechanic who pointed out the issue said I absolutely had to get an alignment and a recalibration, which would be above and beyond the actual repair. Both of those seems unnecessary. Thanks
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