BMW ELV Steering Lock Malfunction.
BMW Elv system. Later BMW’s with the cassette style keys have an fully electronic steering lock, this is due to the fact that there is no mechanical linkage between the key and steering lock.
Sadly like anything, with time this system can develop a fault (either presenting you with a yellow or red steering lock light). Do not ignore this fault warning as it can lead to you returning to a vehicle that won’t start as it has failed in the locked state. At this stage the vehicle will need to be recovered for repair. It is far easier to address this issue before it completely locks down.
We have seen this issue affecting BMW E90, E91, E92, E93, E81, E82, E87, E88, E60, E61, E63 & E64. As you can see this fault is seen in a large range of late BMW vehicles.
BMW’s recognised repair is a replacement steering column and a bill often upwards of £800.
At Grosvenor we have another solution, we can force the vehicle out of this locked state, reset and clear the existing fault and finally update the CAS control unit (the main security module) to the latest BMW software version. All of this for £83.00 + VAT (quite a saving on BMW’s steering column replacement).
We have quite literally seen 100’s of these over the years, to date we have only ever replaced two steering columns.
Please give one of friendly team a call on 0118 958 3481. We can usually complete this repair whilst you wait if you make our staff aware at time of booking (please budget 1.5 hours on average).
Remember, owning a BMW doesn’t have to be expensive!