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      10-01-2021, 07:37 AM   #1
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Steering wheel lock error *solved*

E90 330D auto, steering wheel lock error.

I have read a lot of threads about this. Basically one night the error randomly came up, the next day it was back to normal and worked fine. Then a few weeks later (about 3/4 days ago), the error came back and hasnít gone since. My symptoms are no start, no crank and steering wheel is locked completely. Trying to wiggle it to get it to work doesnít help either. When you put the key in the ignition all the way, that is the only power you get, if you press start to turn the ignition/power on but to not start the car, it just shuts itself off. Iíve included a pic of my error.

So far I have tried to reset on Tool32 running the elv commands and also reset in ISTA (elv/steering lock and CAS), still no luck. I then bought an ELV emulator which was meant to be ďplug and play and works straight awayĒ. But once I received it and read instructions it says the steering wheel lock must be unlocked before it is plugged in. But thatís the whole reason why I bought it, because itís locked and the emulator is meant to unlock it 🙃

Anyway, Iím trying to figure out my options now. Is it tear down the steering column, remove/replace and or disengage the steering lock?

Any advice is appreciated.

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      11-09-2021, 12:18 PM   #2
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Exclamation How?!?!?!

How did you solve it?!? Im on the verge of selling my dream car because the damn light came on after replacing the coils. I drove fine for two days with he light on and the finally locked up and wont start at all. Same issue when I put the fob in itll turn on the lights and radio and everything but wont turn over. What did you do to fix it? I saw a post a while ago with instructions to reset the ELV but i cant find it now
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How did you solve it?!? Im on the verge of selling my dream car because the damn light came on after replacing the coils. I drove fine for two days with he light on and the finally locked up and wont start at all. Same issue when I put the fob in itll turn on the lights and radio and everything but wont turn over. What did you do to fix it? I saw a post a while ago with instructions to reset the ELV but i cant find it now
So I ended up fitting this emulator https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/124756396649 and once fitted, reset the ELV counter. I used ISTA D but you don't need that, it can be done with Tool32 and possibly INPA too. When I first did this I wasn't doing it in the correct order as the instructions stated. I thought I needed to unplug the original emulator and then get the wheel lock to unlock before inserting the emulator. But of course, if you unplug the steering lock, it isn't going to work and will stay locked. So I just needed to unplug the original steering wheel lock, plug emulator into the plug, reset elv and that seemed to do it for me
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