Does your VW Passat B6 (2005-2011) have the following symptoms?
- Shows the steering wheel light on orange every time when you put the key in the ignition and doesn’t start, or
- It starts and then cuts out after 2 seconds, or
- Displays “Steering column lock defective” message on instrument cluster after it started, or
- It does not respond in any way when the key is inserted into the ignition;
- It makes a clinking noise when you put the key in the ignition but nothing happens.
Then most likely, the steering column lock has gone faulty. It could be that your vehicle is completely immobilised, having even the steering wheel in the locked position, or about to go that stage if you keep on using it without rectifying the issue.
What is the steering column lock?
All vehicles have a steering lock which is an anti-theft device. The lock to the steering is usually below the steering wheel. The lock is combined with the ignition switch and engaged and disengaged either mechanically by ignition key or electronically from the vehicle’s electronic control unit. These locks were first introduced on many General Motor products in 1969, drastically reducing thefts and gradually by all manufacturers. Traditional mechanical column locks have been replaced with electric steering column lock (ESCL) to increase the driver’s comfort and provide a safer lock of the steering column.
How does an ESCL work?
When entering the vehicle and key receiver signal or key reader signal has received correct identification, the ESCL automatically disengages and enables free turn of the steering wheel. When leaving the vehicle with the identification key and the engine switched off, ESCL locks the steering column automatically.
What do I do now?
We can help you get back on the road with a minimum of inconvenience if you find yourself in the situation described above. OGS Mechanics mobile teams can be with you to replace and program the steering column lock at your location. Also, if your vehicle is drivable, you can book an appointment to repair the steering column fault in our workshop.