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The steering itself wont necessarily lock but the car wont start... when you get this message..
This is because its referring to the electronic steering lock mechanism -for the starting of the car more particularly - You might find the steering locks if you turn it 180 degrees - but this is not important right now really.
The problem is that the ESL unit is likely faulty - this is the electronic steering lock - and needs to be replaced..
There are two things you can do .. First, press the START button (if that type) for 5 secs at least
- keep it pressed... and then retry the car starting... ( If its not the button start type, you will have to ignore this and have the car connected straight to a diagnostic machine as follows later )
If that doesn't work - press the start button 5 times...completely releasing between releases... and then, try and start the engine
This will usually reset and overcome the problem -- but -- if it comes on again, you will have to have the car connected to a dealer or dealer level diagnostic machine to verify the fault with the ESL - and then go from there.
Again, it will usually need a new unit - but at that point they will advise you -and cost the repair for you ....
Again, common problems on these Im afraid...I Sincerely XXXXX XXXXX have helped you - but do ask me if you need anything more..
Kind Rgds, MIKE
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