Calibrate BMW Steering Angle Sensor

Vehicle:   BMW
Difficulty: ⚫⚫⚪⚪⚪
DIY Cost: $0- $160
Est. Time: 15 min

In this guide, you will learn how to calibrate the BMW steering angle sensor.

BMW steering angle sensor must be calibrated every time you work on the steering system, front suspension, repair steering column, replace the battery, or replace the dynamic drive control unit. 

Quick Way to Reset BMW Steering Angle Sensor

One quick way to calibrate the BMW steering angle sensor is to follow these steps. 

  1. Start the engine but keep the car in Park and parking brakes engaged. 
  2. Turn the steering wheel to the left and hold it there for two seconds. 
  3. Turn the steering wheel to the right and hold it there for two seconds. 
  4. Turn the steering to the left, then to the right one more time, then bring the steering wheel back to the center. 

In most cases, this procedure alone will calibrate the steering angle sensor. If this procedure does not work, you will need to use a BMW diagnostic scanner to calibrate the BMW's steering angle sensor.

How to Calibrate BMW Steering Angle Sensor? 

Calibrating BMW with a scanner is very easy. Here is how to calibrate the BMW steering angle sensor with Foxwell NT510 for the BMW scanner

  1. Center the steering wheel and make sure the wheels are pointing forward. 
  2. Plug the OBD-II scanner into the diagnostic port under the dashboard, driver's side. 
  3. Turn on the ignition. 
  4. Turn on the scanner. 
  5. Select BMW, then pick your chassis. For example, 5-Series E60
  6. Select Service
  7. Next select Chasis
  8. Select Adjust Steering Angle Sensor, then press Enter. 

That's it. 

Calibrating BMW steering angle sensor with an Autel scanner

This video shows how to perform BMW steering angle calibration using the Autel Maxidas scanner.

This is a professional-level scanner that offers advanced features, including programming of BMW modules and coding that can only be achieved with a BMW dealer scanner.

How to Calibrate the BMW steering angle sensor with DIS?

  1. Go to the Diagnosis menu
  2. Select Model 
  3. Right, Green Arrow >
  4. Select Control unit functions 
  5. Function selection >
  6. Service Functions >
  7. Chassis >
  8. Steering-angle sensor >
  9. Adjustment, steering-angle sensor >
  10. Test Schedule

How to Calibrate BMW with INPA

This video shows you how to calibrate a BMW steering angle sensor using INPA software.

The Steering Angle Sensor must be recalibrated after repair work is performed.

Examples include wheel alignment or coding/programming of the DXC, SZL module, switch unit, clock spring, etc.

An incorrectly calibrated sensor may trigger DSC and other warning lamps. In most cases, it is not necessary to replace the steering angle sensor.

If calibrating the steering angle sensor doesn't fix your problem, follow this guide to learn how to troubleshoot and clean the steering angle sensor on a BMW.

The steps to calibrate the BMW steering angle sensor are the same for any BMW, including E46, E90, E39, E60, E65, X3, X5, or any other models.

You must verify the scanner that you will be using supports your particular BMW. Even though these scanners are designed for BMW, they may not support cover all models. Read this article to learn more about the best BMW scan tools.

bmw steering angle sensor location

In BMW terms, the steering angle sensor is called the LWS module. If you have worked on the steering column switch, clock spring, or have problems with traction control, stability control, you may need to calibrate the steering angle sensor.

Notes

  1. Check front wheel alignment before carrying calibration. Many auto mechanics and repair shops offer free front wheel alignment check.
  2. Turn the steering wheel to center, with front wheels pointing forward.
  3. Perform steering sensor alignment/calibration
  4. Rember to clear ABS faults codes after calibration
  5. If the fault is eliminated, no further action is necessary. Otherwise, read BMW fault codes from all modules.
By YOUCANIC Automotive Experts
Nov 2020