VW Passat Steering Column Lock Fix

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.