Q: Steering wheel won't lock. Yellow steering lock warning on dash. Only comes on when removing fob.

asked by on

A strange thing happened a couple of days ago, here's an exact description of what happened;

Day 1 1. Got in car, put fob in dash, steering unlocked and started car. 2. Drove a few miles and parked up. Turned off engine. 3. Removed fob then a yellow steering lock warning light came up and steering would NOT lock.

Went online and found the only issues mentioned on various BMW forums were with steering locks that DO lock but eventually don't UNLOCK, nothing about the steering not being able to lock at all.

Day 2 and Day 3 1. Got in car, put fob in dash, (no warning light on dash at this point) as steering already unlocked, (as wouldn't lock the previous night) and started car no problem. 2. Drove a few miles again and parked up. Turned off engine. 3. Removed fob then yellow steering lock warning light came up and steering once again wouldn't lock.

Now, when the steering did lock right up to a few days ago, it wasn't locked tight, it could still be moved

My car has 95000 miles.
My car has a manual transmission.

Hi there. The issue seems to be the shifter interlock solenoid may be malfunctioning causing the steering wheel lock to not release or not engage.

I suggest having the computer scanned for any codes that would be stored or pending for the steering system as there is a warning light on for the steering lock system. This will give you the correct item to check when dealing with your steering wheel not locking. If you need further assistance with the steering wheel not locking, then seek out a professional, such as one from Your Mechanic, to help you.

Was this answer helpful?
The statements expressed above are only for informational purposes and should be independently verified. Please see our terms of service for more details
  1. Home
  2. Questions
  3. Steering wheel won't lock. Yellow steering lock warning on dash. Only comes on when removing fob.

Get an instant quote for your car

Our certified mechanics come to you ・Backed by 12-month, 12,000-mile guarantee・Fair and transparent pricing

Get a quote

What others are asking

Q: Steering shakes and makes horrible noise at low speed 2011 GMC Acadia

Hi and thanks for contacting YourMechanic. From what you said and what was displayed on the video your power steering pump is making the humming noise as if the pump is lacking of oil, but the shaking of vehicle and...

Q: What does the loose fuel cap warning mean?

If you see the loose fuel cap warning shown in the vehicle information display, it usually means that the gas cap isn’t screwed down all the way. If the gas cap’s seal doesn’t lock in, the system will detect a...

Q: Flat tire won't hold air

Radial tires usually will hold some kind of air as long as the object that caused the puncture is left in the tire. If removed then yes, the tire will most certainly go flat right away. Radial tires can usually...

Related articles

How Long Does a Distributor O Ring Last?
The distributor is part of the ignition system in your vehicle and its purpose is to route high voltage from the ignition coil to the spark plug. The spark plug then...
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...
Rules of the Road For Iowa Drivers
Driving on the roads requires knowledge of the rules, many of which are based on common sense and courtesy. However, even though you know the rules in...