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      04-03-2013, 07:48 AM   #1
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ELV Steering Lock Fault

Ok, so I had this come up on my car yesterday:



Car is 2006, 56 reg, and done about 70k. No warranty on it.

Looking into this online, it appears to be a common fault, but I am seeing mixed messages about if the steering column needs replacing, or if the car just needs new coding (meaning it is a software glitch).

Car starts and runs fine.

Does anyone have experience of this? Anyone know what the lock actually does/what it is meant for? What can I do to resolve this?
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      04-03-2013, 09:07 AM   #2
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I had my ELV in summer and it was same as yours car starts and drives. I reset it with DIS.
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      04-03-2013, 09:49 AM   #3
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Reset it yourself?

Any other electrical gremlins at the same time? I am wondering if the battery might be playing up.
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      04-03-2013, 11:50 AM   #4
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When I reset it at first just with quick delete of fault it come back only
Removed After second try, but it took much longer. System was doing something. Probably telling to ECU is no fault.
What I notice is after I remove key and don't lock doors and sit back to car and put key in slot ELV is not engaging straight away and it takes up to 3seconds.
In situation like mine and yours I thinking is not ELV, but KEY slot. But it gives fault as ELV.
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      04-03-2013, 01:37 PM   #5
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I had the same fault a few months ago, car drove Ok too. Fixed it with a software update at a BMW indy 50.
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      04-03-2013, 04:34 PM   #6
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Thanks folks, will check with my indy first.
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I had the same fault a few months ago, car drove Ok too. Fixed it with a software update at a BMW indy 50.
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Had this issue a while back, accompanied with some rather nasty crunching when the lock applied on removal of the key. Software update from indy, no more issue.
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      04-04-2013, 02:19 PM   #8
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I am afraid you need to replace or fix your Steering Wheel Column. I had this issue about 6 yrs ago but had it replaced under warranty.
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      04-08-2013, 04:30 AM   #9
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I am afraid you need to replace or fix your Steering Wheel Column. I had this issue about 6 yrs ago but had it replaced under warranty.
I heard mixed messages/read various topics on this on the web and there seems to be no clear way to detect if it is software or an actual fault. I cannot hear any odd noises, the steering locks and unlocks fine, and when the message says the car wont start until the steering is moved, it normally starts fine before the wheel is even touched (i.e. it is not locked).

The thing that makes me think it is not just software is the fact that it only just started to happen out of the blue, and I would have thought that a software glitch would have been around from day 1.

Given it is a 2006 car, I am not sure how recent the software in the car is and for the money, that might be a good place to start.
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      04-08-2013, 07:17 AM   #10
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I had this fault last year and it went away by itself. I remember that i used the spare key for some reason and thats when the problem began. After a few days of clicking and warning lights it disapeared.
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Gents,

Can anyone recommend an indy for the software update mentioned in the south west around bath or bristol?

I've an 06 330d with this fault.

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      04-17-2013, 08:32 AM   #12
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have a chat with john allen autobase chipping sodbury
not sure if he has the ability to do update but hes weel good with bmw
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Those who are fairly local to me, give me a shout and I can update the software for you.
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      05-21-2013, 05:17 AM   #14
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Right, came back from holiday and now the symbol is red, and the car wont start. Anyone know how the goodwill process with BMW goes? Do you need to get the car to a dealer first, get it looked over, and then approach BMW to see if they will assist?

Heard a few cases of parts supplied free, and you only need to pay labour.
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If you have FBMWSH you're in with a shout.
Forget it without then - last service just before I bought the car was indy. My other two BMWs are full BMWSH though, wonder if I get seen as a valued customer?

Whats the cost of a new column and fitting, anyone had it done?
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You can only ask. I would have thought that BMW would be disinterested in a 7 year old car with no extended warranty that's been serviced elsewhere but you never know. Nothing to lose by asking.
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Get the software updated from local indy.
That should resolved on most 05-07 cars.

If you need used steering column, then give me a shout. I may have one lying around somewhere.
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You can only ask. I would have thought that BMW would be disinterested in a 7 year old car with no extended warranty that's been serviced elsewhere but you never know. Nothing to lose by asking.
Yeah, was thinking that, but not sure they will do anything and so not holding my breath. Might reach out to them depending on what my indy says - and see what they think about the problem, which seems too common.

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Get the software updated from local indy.
That should resolved on most 05-07 cars.

If you need used steering column, then give me a shout. I may have one lying around somewhere.
Cool. Getting it towed over there today, once the indy check it out, will give you a call if I need one - what model is it for, and new or used?
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Cool. Getting it towed over there today, once the indy check it out, will give you a call if I need one - what model is it for, and new or used?
TBH, you should have dealt with it when it was on yellow.

I have one from LCI 2009 model (used).
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2 minutes after the car arrived at the indy and was plugged into the system, they had the steering unlocked. It wouldn't start due to an apparent battery error, and is now on the ramp. They are going to check it over and let me know what they think the issue is, but suggestions from them at this stage is that is looks like a software issue between a few modules.

As for fixing when it was yellow, I just never got round to it - and many people advised that it was not a major issue.
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Always make sure you have it looked at at the yellow msg. It could save you a lot of hassle !!
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