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Hi all, anyone else suffered this with an e60? I have a 56 reg 523 sport and had a software update a couple of months back to cure this, however it has returned. No other problems just this annoying red symbol on dash and on I drive. The specialist garage who previously sorted it said if it returned I will need a steering coloum replacement at a cost of £700. Anyone know a cheaper way of sorting it or do I have no other options? Faults like this really put me off running a BMW. Any ideas appreciated.

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take a pic of the symbol n upload it to this thread. lets have a look at the actual symbol first, and take it from there pal

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Not sure how to upload a pic but it's apparently a common fault, more so on the E90 though. Just a red steering wheel with a line across it appearing on dash and I drive just says steering lock fault, do not switch off engine. So far not caused any issues other than be annoying . obc button on indicator stalk will only erase it for a few seconds. I know if I take it to my specialist they will just want to replace complete steering coloum!

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Cheers Mazi, yes this exactly what my car seems to have. Really wanted to leave it but reading the link has concerned me about car needing recovery and leaving me stranded! Is the service offered by this company not just an up date tho like I have apparently already had done by my garage?

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Do a counter reset in Dis.

And stop parking close to kerbs remember on a keyed car you'd have to wiggle the steering to release it? :)

The car can't do that so it logs a fault saying that it could t release

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Why would you leave your car away from a kerb to prevent this fault? People would assume you can not drive? It only happened before after our son yanked the key out while the engine was running.

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If the car is parked up against the kerb (I don't know the full reason) the car can't release the steering lock (like having to wiggle the wheel in an older model) so the servo motor thinks it's still engaged.... Therefore throws a wobbly logging a fault after it happens a certain number of times the dash shows the light, and after it reaches 255 (iirc) it won't unlock at all stopping you from driving it

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And that is all I know on the matter I too have only seen this a few times and always on the e90 3er

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I've had it a few times but this has always been after the car has been parked up for say a week or so which makes me think it could be battery/low voltage related.

 

It did it on mine for a few days...I cleared the codes using DIS after day 3-4 of regular driving for it to never return since...

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I read that the wheels should always be straight when parking as that puts the least amount of strain on the steering column lock. There have been a few times when I haven't parked with wheels straight and the noise when the steering unlocked was louder and the steering wheel gave a little jolt.

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Spoke to my garage who think that I should let them try and clear the fault first, however it is likely to need a replacement steering lock costing £500! First problem with the car after owning for 3 months. Thinking of selling car already if this is going to be the way of things ie random electrical glitches.

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Aa breakdown repair cover *cough* obviously you can't claim for this 😉 as you already know about it 😉

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Thanks, yeah I'm in RAC so not to worried. Thought it a good idea as car has no spare wheel either and I refuse to trust run flats. Think I will leave this problem as I hardly drive the car. It's the mrs's daily drive and she never goes far. Hopefully when I do get it to garage the fault can be cleared, prob won't be that lucky though...

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I don't think you understand the AA do a warranty

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On the e90 it means a replacement of the full steering column, but in the e60 (e6x) it only requires the latch mechanism to be replaced, they are about £200 & are held in with shear bolts which also must be replaced.

It is part #8 in this diagram:

http://bmwfans.info/parts-catalog/E63/Europe/630i-N52/feb2006/browse/steering/electron_steer_column_adj_add_on_parts/

I had the yellow steering lock symbol come up in my e63 6 Series (same system as 5 Series) a couple of times a few weeks ago. I charged the battery 2 weeks ago & the fault has not returned since. So there's definitely a potential link between a weak battery & this error in some cases. These cars don't like to be parked up for long periods or used for just short journeys.

I have also read that a software update may fix the issue too for some people.

So the order of resolution tasks should be:

1. Charge (or change & register) battery.

2. Get software update.

3. Replace steering control lock.

4. Be thankful you don't own an e90 as you'd be changing the full steering column!

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I have seen DIYs where E90 owners have removed the lock completely.

 

Insurance company would probably have something to say about that if they knew, but it is not as if the steering column lock is preventing car theft these days...if it ever did at all. 

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Thanks all, yes my specialist advised that just the lock will need replacement, still £500 though. It's already had the software update two months back to cure it and it was fine untill last week. I would consider any solution to solve it and it not return as it's very annoying as there is no way to hide the symbol.

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Car immobilised itself today and had to be recovered to garage by RAC due to me ignoring advice to sort sooner! Fault cleared and ok for now, however I have been told a complete steering coloum replacement is needed when it returns. Cost up to £700 not happy unless it never returns. Shall I sell or repair at some point? Wondering if these cars are just over complex money pits?

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That's what I was getting at with my earlier post. Modern immobilizer equipped cars are either stolen with the keys or hauled away on the back of a truck. A steering lock won't help in either of those scenarios, I doubt car thieves these days even know how to hotwire a car, kids eh?. Insurance company would throw a wobbler though, so keep it quiet.

 

Do a google search for E90 steering lock problems. I can't remember which forum I read the DIY on removing the lock. 

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