BMW ELV steering lock malfunction

BMW ELECTRONIC STEERING LOCK SYSTEM

In this topic, we will discuss a fault with the Electronic Steering Lock system on the later BMW’s (which have the cassette-style keys) which seems to be becoming more of a common problem among these vehicles. If your BMW has the cassette-style key and you have been presented with a yellow or red steering lock notification light on your dash and a message on your screen stating, for example, “Steering wheel lock malfunction!”.

 Don’t ignore this fault warning as it can lead to your vehicle being immobilized and into a lock state and would generally have to be recovered for repair.  It is far easier to address this issue before it completely locks down.

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The range of vehicles this issue covers are at least the BMW E90, E91, E92, E93, E81, E82, E87, E88, E60, E61, E63 & E64 which is a concern, to say the least.

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If you decided to get this problem looked into by BMW themselves or one of their recognized repairers you will be faced with a quotation and bill for a replacement steering column which with labour will cost roughly £900. Rather than face a hefty bill for firstly recovering your vehicle to a repair centre and secondly replacing the steering rack, here at O.G.S. Mechanics we can offer a mobile and in-house solution to force the mechanism out of its locked state (not by brute force but by software protocols), clear the fault on the control module and then perform a software update which should prevent this common issue from reoccurring. Call us today for more information on how we can solve this issue for you at a minimal expense.