2006 bmw 325i, get a yellow sign which signifies a steering wheel with a pad lock. The vehicle does not start, nor go to accessories. Can it possibly be a faulty key?
I am sorry to hear that you have encountered this malfunction. This is a problem I have seen many times. The failure is the steering column lock called the ELV (electric steering lock).
The unfortunate side of this failure is that this unit is part of the steering column on the 3 series. The steering column will need replacement and a BMW test plan run to reset the CAS unit. Depending on the result of the test plan programming the vehicle may also be required to bring it up to the latest programming level.
Typically the only way to get the vehicle in for service is to have it flat bedded in for the repair.
Again, I am sorry to hear that you have encountered this malfunction. Once the steering column is replaced it will restore full operation. The lock actually a theft protection and this is why it does not allow starting when the internal electrical lock fails.
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Considering I have my own repair shop, can I install a used steering column, or does it necessarily have to be a new (unused) column?
That would definitely be an option. The CAS unit would still need to be reset to allow the start but a used column with a good ELV will work. :)Please select positive feedback let me know if I can help you further.
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