VW Passat Steering Column Lock Fix

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Peter Amakye
Excellent service from start to finish. Responded to my request for a quote within half an hour (on a Sunday evening) and had a full key replacement on monday. Can't thank you enough
Julio Almeda
Great customer service, efficient work. Our key man was very friendly and attentive, resolved two problems in one go. Definitely saving your contact for future recoveries.Many thanksMurilo Ambiel
James
After a long long a good service was provided
Michael
Having misslaid my spare remote keyless fob, I was very impressed with the speed that Car Key Solutions came to my aid. All done within a matter of a few hours, well done.
Vasileios Koutsoumpos
Good communication and customer care. I had to wait for a bit longer to get my key done.. good professionals though
Anonymous
Great service
Matt Buchanan
Excellent service - very happy!
Anonymous
Very helpful and professional trained staff. Price was reasonable with a Year’s warranty. I had a problem with the key they came and done it same day.I can recommend key solutions LTD to all for they good service
Anonymous
Helpful and friendly service. Convenient and informative solution to a problem all carried out on my doorstep. What more could you want.
Anonymous
Easy to find and book. Good technician , did the job, explained everything and ensured working before he left.
James Law
Friendly and competent service
Anthony Ogogo
Very good, very thorough.
Annais Prestidge
Easy process, technician was quick and polite.
Anonymous
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LandBeasts Automobile Classica
Great service. Prompt. Good communication and Chris was great. We have said thanks with a photo on our page Landbeasts Facebook.
Anonymous
Courteous and efficient. Thank you.
Anonymous
Very quick entry into car, although seemed quite expensive was quoted £100-140, took 5 minutes to unlock and was charged £150
Anonymous
Thank you so much
MRs Phyllis Annon-Boucher
Great, efficient service. At an outstanding price. Got my key for my Mercedes in less than a hour.
Anonymous
Good Service
Mr Andrew
Company providing best service !
Denise Drew
I had been meaning to get a second fob key done but BMW quoted me £360 where as CKS quoted me £230 if I went to their workshop which I did and all was sorted. Victoria who was helpful by keeping me informed with up dates I would defiantly recommend this service.
Ms Tania Michael
Exellent service. Engineer very polite& friendly. Would recomend to others.
Shef Scott
Very polite guy turned up and gained access to my locked van very quickly. Thanks
Anonymous
Pricey but worth it, great service
ROY CURTIS
Turnt up within the hour and got me into car within 15mins.Excellent
Anonymous
From the first contact via email with Car Key Solutions I found their service to be responsive, speedy, thorough and very professional. The technician did an excellent job on-site. Will happily recommend this company to anybody. Thanks CKS, Mr. C.
Anonymous
Quick call out response, fixed problem, super efficient and polite.
Ms Irene
Just want to thank you for an outstanding service. Please pass on my thanks to the technician, he was extremely professional.Irene
Neil C, London
Incredibly helpful when we were in a jam. Swift response time, very easy to work with. Would highly recommend!
Oli
Very quick and professional
MR EDY STANLEY
The man turned up exactly on time, and he wasted no time getting on with the job. The van was fully equipped with everything to complete any job he was given. His phrase was “trust me “ and he only completed the job of getting my daughters car back on the road, when he was satisfied, it was ready to hand it back to me. Although a little expensive, I suspect it would have cost a lot more getting Mercedes to come out and do it. More than happy to use them again if unfortunately a situation like that were to happen again.
Karen
Brilliant service. Prompt and efficient. My engineer was very polite and I would recommend this service. Many thanks
Mr Gagan
Excellent service and excellent key maker very nice talking Regarding Gagandeep singh
GORMLEY STONE MARBLES & GRANIT LTD
Knowledgeable and very polite engineer. He also called saying he is running late and he was just in at the same he said he will.
Vladimir
Very good service. Thanks
Eileen Pollard
Very prompt service. Young man was very polite and explained everything perfectly and also very thorough. Showed me how everything now worked properly. I also received phone call to say there may be a delay due to traffic (which wasn't a problem for me) but it was nice to be informed. All round, very satisfied and would recommend.
Anonymous
It was absolutely fantastic service. My only car key broke and I was stuck on a Sunday morning. Spoke to them on the phone and van man arrived almost at the said time and made a new car key for me. Very good service! Hope I don’t have to use them again but would highly recommend !!
Dan Tabony
Excellent service from the technician, who was friendly and knowledgeable, and was kept up to date with his arrival from Victoria who was very professional and a pleasure to talk to
Ms Zuccareli Delfine
Very flexible and professional. I used them before and was very satisfied that is why I called them again. My car had problem with the OBD reader and it took them longer than expected but they didn't charged me more. I will definitely use them again.

Does your VW PassatSteering Column (2005-2011) show any of the following symptoms?

  • Shows Steering wheel light on orange every time you put the key in the ignition (with the engine not starting), or;
  • It starts and then cuts out after two seconds, or;
  • Displays ‘Steering column lock defective’ message on the instrument cluster after it has started, or;
  • Red warning steering light comes only comes on with no ignition
  • It does not respond in any way when the key is inserted in ignition, or;
  • It makes a clinking noise when you put the key in ignition but nothing happens.

The most likely cause of the issue is a faulty Volkswagen Passat steering column lock.

It could be that your vehicle is completely immobilised with the steering wheel in a locked position. It may also be that the steering wheel is close to becoming locked if the issue is not quickly resolved. If the problem is identified and resolved before complete failure of the ECSL, you will save yourself the hassle of being stuck with the car in a car park or while you’re shopping.

What is the steering column lock?

All vehicles are fitted with a steering lock as an anti-theft device. The lock for the steering is usually positioned below the steering wheel. This lock is combined with the ignition switch and engaged / disengaged either mechanically via the ignition key or electronically from the vehicle’s electronic control unit locking steering column to prevent being turned without the authorisation required from immobiliser system.

These locks were first introduced on many General Motors products in 1969 drastically reducing thefts – all vehicle manufacturers gradually introduced this as a standardised feature. Traditional mechanical column locks have since been replaced with an electric steering column lock (ESCL) to increase driver’s comfort and provide a safer lock of the steering column.

How does the ESCL work?

When entering the vehicle and the key receiver signal or key reader signal have received correct identification. the ESCL automatically disengages, enabling free turn of the steering wheel. When leaving the vehicle with the correct identification key and a disengaged engine, the ESCL automatically locks the VW Passat steering column.

 

What do I do now?

We can help you to get back on the road with minimum inconvenience if you’ve found yourself in the above situation described above. Car Keys Solutions and OGS Mechanics mobile teams can be with you – replacing and programming your VW Passat steering column lock at your location in London and surrounding M25 areas. If your vehicle is driveable, you can book your vehicle with us to repair the steering column fault at our workshop at a discounted rate.

Electronic steering column locks become defective since they are made of parts that are subject to wear and tear.

 

Call us today to see how we can help.