Skip the auto shop - Our mechanics make house calls

Q: Steering column button an program quit working

asked by on

The button that controls the steering column quit working in my car. I have a previously programed seat position but even that stopped working so I can't move the steering column. I'm not sure why this happened. Is it possible that some fuse has gone bad? Is it more serious?

A: Hello there. This is not an uncommon fault ...

Hello there. This is not an uncommon fault on the 2011 BMW 535i. There are quite a few possible faults for this type of issue. The most common would be a wiring harness fault, a shorted wire, a failed position memory computer, or a steering column motor failure. It is likely that this is not simply a fuse. When a fuse blows it is due to the circuit drawing too much power or a power spike, which indicates a more involved issue. Faults that affect multiple systems are generally caused by shorted wiring, shared computers, or other wiring harness faults. Have a qualified technician, such as one from YourMechanic diagnose the steering issue to come up with the appropriate fix.

Was this answer helpful?

Need advice from certified mechanic? Get help now!

Over 1000 mechanics are ready to answer your question.
The statements expressed above are only for informational purposes and should be independently verified. Please see our terms of service for more details

Ask a Mechanic
(100% Free)

Have a car question? Get free advice from our top-rated mechanics.

Ask A Mechanic
Over 10,000 questions answered!

Get an instant quote for your car

Our certified mechanics come to you ・Backed by 12-month, 12,000-mile guarantee・Save up to 30%

Get a quote

What others are asking

Q: How do I adjust the tilt of the steering column?

On the left side of the steering wheel, underneath the multifunction lever, is the steering wheel tilt lever. Pull this lever out with your left hand, and, while the lever is still engaged, tilt the steering wheel with your right...

Q: Tension strut replacement

Hello there, one of the commonly replaced parts on the 2009 BMW 535i is the hydraulic fluid filled bushings. These suspension components wear over time from absorbing the road shock. When the fluid filled bushings leak, it is important to...

Q: How do I unlock the seat belt?

The seat belt will occasionally lock, which will keep you from being able to pull it any further. When this happens, release the seat belt until it has fully returned to the retractor. Wait a few seconds, then slowly pull...

Related articles

P0052 OBD-II Trouble Code: HO2S Heater Control Circuit High (Bank 2 Sensor 1)
P0052 code definition HO2S Heater Control Circuit High (Bank 2 Sensor 1) What the P0052 code means This code is seen when the Engine Control Module (ECM) tries to control the...
P0240 OBD-II Trouble Code: Turbocharger Boost Sensor B Circuit Range/Performance
P0240 code definition Turbocharger Boost Sensor B Circuit Range/Performance What the P0240 code means P0240 is an OBD-II generic code triggered when the Engine Control Module (ECM) detects the intake boost...
P2103 OBD-II Trouble Code: Throttle Actuator Control Motor Circuit High
P2103 means there is a fault with the throttle actuator control motor circuit, likely due to a defective electrical component or part.