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Old 17th February 2006, 01:29   #1
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"ELV Steering Lock Fault" message - car disabled

Just had a weird problem. I fired up the car and immediately got a red error message:

[paraphrasing] "ELV Steering Lock Fault. Do not turn off Engine. Car will not restart." I hadn't even put the thing in gear yet. I drove to a gas station (car drove 100% normally) and turned off the car, then tried to retsart.

True to it's word, it would not restart. Steering wheel was locked and it wouldn't let me move the shifter.

I hit the "SOS" button and got connected to BMW Customer Service. They said I had to get flat-bedded to dealer. I was late for a meeting and decided to try something else, so I disconnected the battery and reconnected.

No more ELV fault, car started up fine. I did, however get a yellow Transmission fault warning (and a window anti-trap warning). Those two warnings went away and may have been related to the power disconnect.

Car drove 100% normally. I just dropped off to dealer and will let you know what they say.

Weird.

I did a little Googling on this , and it appears that the E90 had a similar problem, perhaps linked to Comfort Access (which I have). One thread suggested a software patch fixed this. I'm not sure what SW version I am on.

Anyone else experience this?
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Old 17th February 2006, 02:12   #2
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boy oh boy i hope all this sh-t gets cleared up before mine gets built March 9th...
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Old 17th February 2006, 02:45   #3
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My wife had the same problem in her 550. I got in the car, wiggled the steering wheel, and that was that. Message went away and has not been seen or heard from since.
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Old 17th February 2006, 02:49   #4
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@LJM5: I wiggled and wiggled, but no dice. I did not, however, put the CA Fob in the "ignition." Service guy thought that might be th issue, but makes no sense to me...

In your 550, do you have CA? When the problem arose, was the Fob in the ignition?
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Old 17th February 2006, 07:53   #5
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My wife's 550 does have comfort access. I think the fob was just in the ashtray and I was wiggling the wheel, stepping on the brakes, pushing the start/stop, etc... I remember the steering wheel was locked. The fault I believe is caused when the steering wheel is locked after ignition is shut off, and maybe it is like old cars where if you turned the wheel when it was off, the wheel would click into locked mode, and it could be hard to get it to unlock if really torqued over. Maybe this is what is happening with these electronic locking mechanisms for the BMW's.

I might have even been trying to hold the wheel as I pushed the start/stop button. Something got it to let go (can't quite remember what), and the message never resurfaced.

Hope you have some luck and it comes unglued.
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Old 17th February 2006, 22:37   #6
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Dealer is ordering me a new "GO Module" from Germany. Has something to do with Comfort Access. They advised me to drive with key in the ignition until part can be replaced.
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Gah! This just happened to me. What a night......I was closing up my business and went to pull my car up front to my shop to load some stuff into the car. Started up and got the ELV message on the screen.

Had to have one of my employees sit in my running car just so I could lock up the shop so I could drive home. To make matters worse some strange guy in a truck was sitting across the street eyeing me and my car (guess i'll be driving my beater to work for the next few weeks).

Got home, pulled into garage and tried to restart... no dice.

Ran upstairs, booted up the comp, and came straight to this invaluable site.

Running back downstairs now to see if wiggling the steering wheel and sticking the FOB in the keyhole will work. Wish me luck.........
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ec8r1: If the wiggling doesn't work, disconnecting the battery probably will. You get some additional errors, but they all clear up quickly (roll down all windows, then rollup for window trap).

Someone here suggested that disconnecting the battery could be harmful. I can't imagine that the car would be designed so as to not (for example) allow you to change the battery, so I did not sweat it.

I have had no problems since, and DO NOT drive with CA fob in the "ignition."
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I frequent all the e90 boards since I own one, and this has definitely happened to a few owners but is not a common occurrence. My CA e90 has never done this.

Here's some links:
http://www.e90post.com/forums/showthread.php?t=13439
http://www.e90post.com/forums/showthread.php?t=10397
http://www.e90post.com/forums/showthread.php?t=11813
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I frequent all the e90 boards since I own one, and this has definitely happened to a few owners but is not a common occurrence. My CA e90 has never done this.
Thanks for the info! Definitely sheds some light on an otherwise mysterious error to me.
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