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Electric steering Lock fault !

Postby Richard Rees » Tue, 17 Mar 2009 12:51:40 UTC

I own a 118i ES just over a year old.....mileage approx 9,700. This morning whilst driving noticed that a red warning light appeared showing a red lock above a red steering wheel.........handbook states ....."The engine can no longer be started. If applicable, do not switch off the engine. Contact BMW service" Well, I have restarted the engine and this warning light is still on !......have been notified by emergency services that Its safe to drive car until problem is seen to !!!! Is this a common fault with the 118i cars ? Richard.
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Postby agh » Tue, 17 Mar 2009 17:38:28 UTC

I was aware from the TIS (technical service bulletin) on this that it can affect 1 series but this is the first time I seen it come up on a forum for the 1 series.
Drove my car for 3 weeks like this waiting for parts.
Here is my story:
http://www.bmwland.co.uk/talker/viewtop ... ering+lock

I'll suggest getying the ball rolling on a repair ASAP in case it still take weeks for parts to arrive.
Good luck
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Postby Richard Rees » Tue, 17 Mar 2009 20:40:46 UTC

Many thanks for your reply "agh!"...Have arranged to take car to dealers (at Llandudno Junction) on Monday.......but !....need to do a round trip of about 120 miles on Sunday !!!! I hope my car won't let me down !!!!
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Postby Richard Rees » Fri, 27 Mar 2009 00:07:25 UTC

Took car in today for computer upgrade !....took approx. five hours !....so far......no sign of dreaded red padlock on red steering wheel showing !!! :)
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Postby agh » Fri, 27 Mar 2009 12:14:02 UTC

Have heard some people having this issue fixed with a software update.
Lets hope for the best :)
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Postby Dolly325 » Fri, 27 Mar 2009 22:57:13 UTC

99% of time its software, very occoasinal its needs a coloum.

should have no problems now its had a program
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Postby Richard Rees » Fri, 27 Mar 2009 23:28:28 UTC

Thanks for reassuiring me Dolly :)
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Postby agh » Sat, 28 Mar 2009 15:16:38 UTC

I've heard column can solve it, software can solve it, and for me it was a new electronic lock and key fob slot that fixed it. Been good for 2 years now.
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Re: Electric steering Lock fault !

Postby tonyd61 » Sun, 29 Apr 2012 19:54:31 UTC

Had the software upgrade . Week later it's back
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