VW Passat Steering Column Lock Fix

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Neil Cattermull
Great service! Within 20m my car was running again with the new key!The chap who turned up was so helpful!
Mr Lis McGuire
Dealt with professionially by Adrian also polite and a credit to your Company
Mrs SADETEALIU
Thank you very much for your help it’s been very quick and efficient
John Ayres
Prompt, professional and friendly.
Mrs Anna
Very friendly and professional.Did job quickly and efficiently.
Alan Murphy
Very prompt service and professional and polite fitter Definitely recommend
Mr Abdulah
fantastic service on time really helpful would recommend it
Anonymous
Very pleased with the service. But workman could of been a bit happier and friendly
Anonymous
The mechanic came at the agreed time, phoned to say he had arrived and was quickly able to make 2 replacement keys. Very polite mechanic, would recommend this business.
Elizabeth
Your service was second to none wonderful, the technician was efficient and a sheer pleasure I highly recommend you all thank u so much
Anonymous
Awesome service from this guys. The customer service is top notch. I highly recommend Car Key Solutions.
Regina
Perfect service done so quickly in 20 min perfect service so happy
Andy Davy
absolutely brilliant
Ms Kayleith
Excellent services Gentleman was very helpful.
Anonymous
Technician arrived 10 mins after intial call and key given within 30mins. A professional company though no receipt given. I need a guarantee receipt ASAP
Anonymous
Super professional!
MS THOMAS
Professional, prompt and efficient! What more can I say? Excellent customer service, delivered same day and for a fraction of the price compared to a dealership.
Jim
What a totally professional and prompt service. Less than 2 hours after calling, I have a replacement key and was even shown how to use functions I didn't know I had!! Christian was excellent.
MR Pheby Harold
Unbelievably good service. Very responsive, turned up to get me out of a jam. Very reassuring, skilled guys. Kept me informed throughout and got me on the road for a fair price at the time they said they would. I would definitely recommend.
Mr Jubel
Excellent customer service
Anonymous
Very pleased with the service. I arrived early but they were able to start work immediately and finished the job quickly. The full functionality of the new key was demonstrated (each button, the keyless aspect, the physical key aspect) so I left fully confident that a good job had been done. The price quoted was better than I was offered at my normal dealership. All in all, highly recommended!
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Fantastic service at an affordable price. This company is so much cheaper than the main dealer options available.I highly recommend.
Daryl Dowey
Excellent customer service and technician Chris! Super efficient, early for the job and did above and beyond what was expected. I would highly recommend using them over other providers
Mr.SHOHIDUL
as per agreement, they arrived on time, talked me through the process, and provided a great service with a smile. will definitely recommend and use again should the need arise.
Anonymous
Quick and reliable service having used them of several occasions.
Duncan
Very prompt and professional. Couldn't be happier. I know where to go if ever I have to loose my keys again, I hope never again.
Dave Larcombe
Needed a replacement key so I contacted Car Key Solutions. Was given a price and made an appointment for the following day. The technician arrived on time and completed the job in about 20 minutes. Very professional and competent, would recommend them.
MR Oz
Perfect Mechanic very passionate
Mr Inn
Professional from start to finish, I called other companies but car key solutions where the only one that asked the right questions and came over when they said they would
Mr Ade
The service was prompt and professional,will definitely recommend people to there services
Iosif
Very good
Mr.Dwight
The best what can say but the best
Richard Ruffell
Would have been a 5 if my emails had not gone into your spam and meant I did not get a reply for 5 days. Easy for you to sort out. Otherwise all very good, quote was clear, appointment quick and arrived on time and did good job.
Mr Mike Cox
My car is an Infiniti imported from Dubai and the main U.K. dealer was unable to programme a second key. The radio frequency used on an import is different from a domestic supplied car. Car key Solutions were able to source a key and programme to my car in a couple of days. the engineer did the job in half an hour and took me through everything to make sure the key worked correctly. I can thoroughly recommend Car Key Solutions.
Sazieka Ellis
Amazing service
Anonymous
Great service
Helen Oldfield
Very efficient service from start to finish and a highly competent engineer who had to deal with no keys and an alarm that kept going off!! After weeks of having a lost key we can now at last drive the car. Thank you.
Anonymous
came within 4 hours of me agreeing to their quote and the job was done in an hour
Mr Keith May
Seemed efficient but took a long time to program the key. Very pleasant mechanic.
Armand Kugi
Good service Cheers guys

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.