Power seat. & wheel not working

Asked by Aug 08, 2008 at 06:54 PM about the 2003 BMW 5 Series 530i

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

The power seats and the power steering wheel quit working after I left the car wash.  I think it is the fuse, but I can't find it.  I heard this a ongoing to the common problem.  Anyone know how to solve this without going to the dealer?

9 Answers

1,075

So your steering wheel isn't working? I'm not following...I assume you mean power steering? Pull out your owner's manual and check the fuse. Locate the power seat motor and jump battery voltage and ground to it. If it doesn't move, your motor is bad. If it does, you have a wiring issue or a bad body control module (which is unlikely).

4 of 4 people found this helpful.
44,575

You might give it a day or two, if there was any moisture that got into the fusebox under the hood, you can experience weird problems like this. Once it dries out you might be back to normal. But this is normally an interior fuse for power seats.

10

Hi, I have a2001 E39 520i and from my knowledge is that if your power steering doesn't work, check the belt that should drive the power steering pump and or the power steering fluid. You will see a black bottle that sits at the front of the engine.It might also be your power steering pump that might be fault. Regarding the power seats, there are two fuse boxes 1. In the boot at the battery compartment 2. In the cubbyhole at the top. You need to remove a cover to get to it. Hope it help you with your problem Regards Jaco

1 of 1 people found this helpful.
35

If its ur seats and steering then check fuses, there are 3 boxes. 2 in boot 1 in glove box, u have to remove covers for access, had same prob on my e39 M5 and its fuses.

3 of 3 people found this helpful.
410

fuse #14 30 amps located in glove box for driver seat. fuse # 21 30 amps same location power's right seat. fuse #88 30 amp located in the trunk near battery on passenger side, power's the steering column adjustment. For future reference fuse legend is located in the trunk, above the tool kit compartment.

3 of 3 people found this helpful.
130

I read this blog to look for answer of same none responsive power seats & steering column problem on my 2006 525i. I checked all related fuses and they were OK! Somehow, today power seats and steering column moved again while I was driving the car! Not sure what started this problem a few days ago, could be a lock-up and then resetted after driving a few days?! I just felt like sharing this info to others who might have same problem. Attached are two fuse diagrams for one in glove box and one in trunk (right side), hope this helps. (I will post a 2nd diagram after this posting with the 1st diagram)

7 of 7 people found this helpful.
130

2nd fuse diagram

6 of 6 people found this helpful.
20

Is this Diagram for a 2007 525xi?

2 of 2 people found this helpful.
20

I experienced the same, steering and driver seat lack of movement on my 1998 528i 110,000 miles. I found the switch on the seat was loosed. its location is where you position and move the seat at your convenient at the bottom left drivers seat. There is a bolt on the front side of the seat holding the plastic cover, remove it among the 2 clips located underneath the seat by pulling them out , so, you will easily move the entire "cheap" plastic cover which is to hold the switch in place. That switch gets easily loose / disconnected if that plastic cover receive a great amount of weight either from seating or if work gets involved. Mechanics do not realize that putting weight on the plastic cover, it will easily break or may loose the switch. The mechanic's issue may use to happen when they try connecting the computer's codes reader....

2 of 2 people found this helpful.

Your Answer

5 Series

Looking for a Used 5 Series in your area?

CarGurus has 16,324 nationwide 5 Series listings starting at $1,995.

ZIP:

BMW 5 Series Experts

  • #1
    Tom Demyan
    Reputation
    2,110
  • #2
    Michael Branan
    Reputation
    780
  • #3
    Robert Charlson
    Reputation
    690
View All

Related Models For Sale

Used BMW 3 Series
1,133 Great Deals out of 33,037 listings starting at $1,000
Used BMW 7 Series
151 Great Deals out of 5,864 listings starting at $2,500
Used Mercedes-Benz E-Class
471 Great Deals out of 19,796 listings starting at $1,400
Used BMW 6 Series
85 Great Deals out of 2,696 listings starting at $5,700
Used BMW X5
435 Great Deals out of 12,149 listings starting at $2,000
Used BMW M5
19 Great Deals out of 628 listings starting at $9,500
Used Mercedes-Benz C-Class
632 Great Deals out of 25,787 listings starting at $1,995
Used Audi A6
120 Great Deals out of 6,526 listings starting at $1,995
Used BMW M3
46 Great Deals out of 1,758 listings starting at $5,995
Used Mercedes-Benz S-Class
196 Great Deals out of 5,736 listings starting at $2,000
Used Audi A4
281 Great Deals out of 11,295 listings starting at $1,999
Used Honda Accord
1,098 Great Deals out of 61,485 listings starting at $999

Used Cars For Sale

2018 BMW 5 Series 530i For Sale
465 listings starting at $50,431
2017 BMW 5 Series 530i For Sale
4 Great Deals out of 741 listings starting at $48,081

Content submitted by Users is not endorsed by CarGurus, does not express the opinions of CarGurus, and should not be considered reviewed, screened, or approved by CarGurus. Please refer to CarGurus Terms of Use.