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Old 06-15-2004, 10:55 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I have to reset my telescopic wheel on my 2000 540i everytime I get in my car because the setting does not stay stored in memory. Does anyone have any idea how to fix this, and if there's a telescopic wheel module or fuse responsible for this, where is it located?

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Is it just the steering wheel? Or do the seats and mirrors not remember their positions either? That's my problem...after a day my settings are all gone. I think my car has amnesia.
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Just the steering wheel for now . . . knock on wood!
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On my 1999 E39 I had the same problem with the steering wheel and not the seats. From the owner's manual I learned they are different control systems and the steering wheel is controlled by the key related memory (seat control is on the door). During service we discovered that one of the cells of the main battery was bad (voltage problem) and had to replace the whole battery (second time but still warranty and hassle). Replacing the battery solved the steering wheel memory loss problem. It's not clear whether it was the resetting of the memory by battery replacement or full voltage, in either case it works now. IMHO you could check your battery voltage when the engine is off.
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Thanks, Bloomfield 528. I'm assuming you mean the car's battery as opposed to the battery in the key (if there is one) - if it's the car battery, I'll first give it a good charging see how that helps.

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e55: The service manager commented that they had to do a "load test" on the battery to see if all cells were working. My local Napa store did that for me on my Porsche 911 for a battery check (for free).

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I am experiencing the same problems. My 98 528i is having problems w/ the steering wheel moving up and down on its own. Its at the shop and it wont do it now. I also c hanged the fuses , maybe that helped the problem????
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I also have the problem with the steering wheel moving up and down when I am driving. Also the radio goes dead when dhis happens. I have a 98 528
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