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Got stuck at local YMCA parking lot two days ago. Car would not start and throws messages: "Steering failure, maintenance required" and "Immobilizer active, see manual". I went through all the fuses that could have contributed to the problem but they were OK. Tried two keys too in case the transponder was broken - no help.<p>So I had to call the Volvo On Call roadside assistance to get the car towed to my dealer. That worked quite well, after I finally found their number in the UG.<p>People were eager to blame it on the massive amount of electronics in the car but the problem turned out to be the electromechanical steering wheel lock that refused to open. Burned electric motor? Oh well, as this is apparently not a common problem, the car has to wait at the dealer until they get the part.<p>Good thing here is that the dealer got another chance to get the squeaking clutch pedal fixed without me having to arrange a separate assignment to do that. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/tongue.gif" BORDER="0"> <p>BTW, I'm still very happy with the car. This is actually the first major problem I have had with it. Also it seems to be nothing serious but just an unexpected failure of a relatively simple part that will not have an impact of the future reliability of the auto. The most annoying thing was the fact that almost new car had to be towed 25mi to the dealer as a result. I wish the thing had failed while in the unlock position...
 

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Re: Steering lock problem (FinnSpeed)

All ended well! This time my dealer did a good job. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://********************/smile/emthup.gif" BORDER="0"><p>They got the part earlier than expected and the car was fixed already Friday afternoon. They also lubricated the clutch pedal (it remains to be seen how long the fix lasts this time) and replaced the rear wiper arm under warranty. They had earlier refused to warranty the wiper arm but now there magically were no problems...
 
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