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tilt steering wheel issues
This might be the most annoying problem i've ever had in the history of owning cars.
The tilt steering works 4 out of 5 times, but that every one time it just stops working. My car (2008 M5 6mt) has convenient exit so the steering wheel moves up and down when you turn off the car and start it. So when it stops working the steering wheel is locked in the up position. Sometimes it breaks when its in the down position and when I turn off the car its stuck down (which isn't so bad). When it stops working, the tilt adjustment doesn't do anything - you can't move it up and down or back and forth - just totally locked. Doesn't seem to be any pattern to it either, day or night, hot or cold. Driving the car with the steering wheel pointed towards the sky is unbelievably frustrating as I can't read half the gauges and it blocks the HID. Seat controls work normally when the tilt steering is broken.
I've taken it to the dealer but of course the damn car works perfectly for them and all systems test normal. I asked about maybe a bad SZL sensor but my dealer said the car would normally throw codes and mine has none - and it tested normally.
Honestly I could care less about the convenient exit feature (I'm not a big guy). After searching forums I haven't come up with a clear answer on how to disable convenient exit. I'd rather not disable the tilt steering altogether but if thats what it comes to so be it. Is there some coding to disable convenient exit?
I've also read that convenient exit doesn't work if you don't have your seat position stored which mine is, but I don't know how to delete the stored seat position. Unplug the battery maybe?
My last resort is to unplug the tile steering all together, but I'm not sure if the car is going to get all upset with me if I do.
Any thoughts on how to get this fixed or possible what the problem could be?
Last edited by liam821; 2nd December 2013 at 10:39 AM.