Mercedes Steering Column Fault – Engine Non Start

Do you have these symptoms with your Mercedes?

  • You need to turn key in the ignition several times before lights turn on dashboard
  • Key turns in ignition but no dashboard lights
  • Steering is locked on with key in ignition
  • Steering lock is OFF with no key in ignition
  • After having a flat battery or jump starting the car one of the above is happening resulting in NOT BEING ABLE TO START THE ENGINE

Models affected

Did you check?

  • Spare key
  • Battery is fully charged

What to do now?

Firstly you have to recover the vehicle to an appropriate car repairer equipped with right diagnostic equipment in order to assess the situation and carry out the repair.

After diagnostic, they will say it’s either Electronic Ignition Switch (EIS) or Electronic Steering Lock (ESL) fault, or may advise on changing both units, and maybe even the keys.

If the column lock is on, some will insist on replacing the complete steering column!

The actual problem is the STEERING COLUMN LOCK MODULE.

That could mean a big cost and massive inconvenience, but we have a better solution for you!

We stock Mercedes steering column lock units (ESL) and Mercedes remote keys in the new style chrome finish, provided with a same day service.

If you notice your steering lock starting to fail, perhaps it’s taking a few attempts before the ignition switches on, maybe you hear an unusual clicking noise coming from the steering lock when inserting the key or when removed from the ignition switch (EIS). If so, it’s advisable that you have it checked to avoid the inconvenience of being stuck with the car following a complete failure of the ESL. Replacement of Mercedes steering column lock while the vehicle is still running can be provided at a discounted cost if you book the service in advance and come to us at our premises in Finchley Central (N3 2QG).

Here at Car Keys Solutions we have developed a procedure that enables us to replace and program your faulty steering lock using state-of-the-art programming equipment on the spot. The programming procedure at a main dealer will take several days due to the ‘green key’ or ‘workshop key’ (which contains unique programming software for the vehicle) needing to be ordered the from factory. Our Mercedes specialist equipment allows us to bypass this and carry out Mercedes ESL programming on the same day in a process which takes up to two hours. We’re also able to come to you and your vehicle if required.

This will save you cost of recovery, a hefty main dealer bill and wasted time!

Call us today to see how fast we can get you on the road again if your Mercedes has a steering lock failure or is showing early signs.