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steering angle sensor help

Postby ledge9 » Tue, 12 Jun 2012 21:27:29 UTC

Hi people, im new to the site so go easy on me!!!
Im an owner of a bmw x5 2002.
My story is this... Around about a month ago i had the famous 3 x amber lights show on my dash. I had the codes read and was told it was steering angle sensor (internal fault) and Breif power interruption. Codes were read on a GT1 machine.
Ive been told i can get a new sensor fitted, re calibrated for around 250 - 300 pounds. What id like to know is has any1 else had these codes before and resolved the problem? And does any1 know how hard this job is to do, is the sensor located on the column or just behind steering wheel?
Any advice/help would be grateful.
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steering angle sensor help

Postby moonmiles320d » Tue, 12 Jun 2012 21:33:54 UTC

From memory the sensor is under £50

It's in the column about 1 hours labour
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Re: steering angle sensor help

Postby ledge9 » Tue, 12 Jun 2012 21:43:06 UTC

Hi mate,
Do you remember where you got part from?
Is it better to put a brand new 1 in or can u use 2nd sensors??
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Re: steering angle sensor help

Postby times5 » Wed, 13 Jun 2012 12:15:38 UTC

I had one fitted last year, but do not have the price with me at this moment in time (will post when I get home), your price of £250 -£300 sounds about right. Think it cost £40 just to code it to the car.

From memory it was around £180 for the sensor £40 labour (indy) for fitting and £40 (indy) for coding to car. It is very easy to fit and takes about 15mins.
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Re: steering angle sensor help

Postby times5 » Wed, 13 Jun 2012 12:19:53 UTC

Just checked on real oem and the sensor is priced at £174.74
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Re: steering angle sensor help

Postby ledge9 » Wed, 13 Jun 2012 20:58:58 UTC

Hi mate, thanks for the reply.
Is there anyway of finding out what part number I need without taken the 1 I've got out??
Do u know where abouts the part is located, top end of steering column??
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Re: steering angle sensor help

Postby moonmiles320d » Wed, 13 Jun 2012 21:34:36 UTC

From memory bottom end

put your vin into

http://www.realoem.com/bmw/

Should give you the part number

Got it from the Dealer. Find some one with a Autologic Machine. Can code it as well. Not something you ideally want to try your self!
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Re: steering angle sensor help

Postby ledge9 » Wed, 13 Jun 2012 21:48:30 UTC

Cool, done that and it had 3 steering angle sensors in the list.
It said 2 were discontinued tho, can it be replaced with any 3 of them?
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Re: steering angle sensor help

Postby times5 » Thu, 14 Jun 2012 11:36:50 UTC

A place called FAB direct may have secondhand ones in stock, don't know what sort of seller they are but when I asked for Cats for a 4.6is they where not much cheaper than BMW. Worth a phone call though.

The steering column splits under the dash and the steering angle sensor is on the upper part and slides down and off, I had mine on and off a couple of times to try and fix.

If you take it off and then take it apart you will see 4 silver coloured bits of metal which are in contact with a dark brown disk or should be, my guess is that one of these will be black and shorter than the other 3 that is the problem, I tried to add solder and bend the silver contact to meet the dark brown disk but could not get it to work.

http://tis.spaghetticoder.org/s/view.pl?1/05/64/30

How to remove the steering angle sensor

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Re: steering angle sensor help

Postby ledge9 » Thu, 14 Jun 2012 19:20:15 UTC

Thanks Phil, truly appreciated.
I managed to get a second hand 1 from BMW car parts on eBay. Cost around £50 with 3 months warranty.
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Re: steering angle sensor help

Postby times5 » Fri, 15 Jun 2012 10:07:40 UTC

ledge9 wrote:Thanks Phil, truly appreciated.
I managed to get a second hand 1 from BMW car parts on eBay. Cost around £50 with 3 months warranty.


Don't forget you will still need it coding / calibrating to the car.
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